By Paul Wheatley, the SPRUCE project.
The SPRUCE project (Sustainable PReservation Using Community Engagement) will shortly be announcing a new round of hackathons and mashup events. SPRUCE focuses on digital sustainability and works with museums, libraries and archives (MLA) professionals, and particularly the higher education sector, to kick start digital action.
The SPRUCE mashup events aim to solve digital sustainability challenges by bringing together (typically non-technical) collection stewards with software developers and other technical experts. As we work through the process of identifying the challenges, understanding them and then cracking them, we capture everything we learn on a wiki. The results provide an insight into some of the practical challenges our digital culture is facing from the point of view of those charged with sustaining it.
Some of the preservation issues we take on are all about troubleshooting broken data. Like this borked TIFF file case that came down to just one incorrect bit. Others involve more serious development, typically working with and building on existing open source tools. Work with Apache Tika, as with this…Continue Reading