2007 Electronic Records Research Symposium

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On November 16, 2007, the NHPRC ERR Fellowships program will hold a symposium in the Pleasants Family Room in Wilson Library at UNC Chapel Hill.

The 2006-2007 Fellows will present the results of their research for symposium participants.

William Wallach from the Bentley Library at the University of Michigan will discuss the Research Fellowship Program for the Study of Modern Archives (RFPSMA), administered by the Bentley Historical Library of the University of Michigan and supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, 1983-1998, and Joan Krizack from Northeastern University will speak about the NHPRC Electronic Records Research Fellowships when they were centered in Boston, 2001-2004. Dr. Paul Conway will conclude the symposium with an analysis of the accomplishments of the Fellows and the program from 2004-2006 while it has been hosted at SILS.

We are pleased to announce that our keynote presentation will be given by Reagan Moore and Richard Marciano from the San Diego Supercomputing Center. They will speak on "The Evolution of Data Curation: Towards Policy-driven Collection Management."

Abstract: Preservation can be thought of as communication with the future. We know that the future will use new storage systems, new representation information, and provide new services. Preservation is also the management of communication from the past. We want to make assertions about authenticity, integrity, and chain of custody based on prior management policies. Policy-driven collection management such as the integrated Rule-based Data system (iRODS) addresses both challenges. The iRODS data system implements data curation processes as micro-services that can be migrated to new storage systems over time. iRODS implements management policies as rules that control the execution of the micro-services. The rule system can be updated dynamically, can be tuned to express each community's management policies, and enforces periodic validations of assertions about collection properties.

Reagan Moore is Director of Data Intensive Computing Environments group at the San Diego Supercomputer Center. He coordinates research efforts in development of data grids, digital libraries, and preservation environments. He developed software systems, including the Storage Resource Broker data grid and the integrated Rule-Oriented Data System. Supported projects include the National Archives and Records Administration's Transcontinental Persistent Archive Prototype, the National Science Foundation's National Science Digital Library persistent archive, the California Digital Library Digital Preservation Repository, and the Worldwide Universities Network data grid. An ongoing research interest is use of data grid technology to automate execution of management policies and validate trustworthiness of repositories.Moore has been at SDSC since its inception in 1986, initially being responsible for operating system development. Prior to that he worked as a computational plasma physicist at General Atomics on equilibrium and stability of toroidal fusion devices. He has a Ph.D. in plasmaphysics from the University of California, San Diego, (1978) and aB.S. in physics from the California Institute of Technology (1967).

Richard Marciano is Director of the Sustainable Archives and LibraryTechnologies (SALT) Laboratory and Lead Scientist in the DICE group (Data Intensive Computing Environments) at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC), at the University of California San Diego (UCSD). He is also an Affiliated Professor in the Urban Studies and Planning Program in the Division of Social Sciences, and founding member of the Regional Workbench Consortium (RWBC) at UCSD. The SALT Lab is an interdisciplinary unit focused on developing information technology strategies and conducting research in the area of digital materials & records collection and preservation. Marciano's interests are with data management, digital archiving, and long-term preservation. Current research projects include PAT (Persistent Archives Testbed), eLegacy (preservation of geospatial data), T-RACES (cyberinfrastructure for the humanities), WRAP (preservation workflows for digital video), informatics for urban planning environments,and the NARA research prototype persistent archives. Marciano holds degrees in Avionics and Electrical Engineering (National School of Civil Aviation, Toulouse, France), M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Iowa, and worked as a Postdoc in Computational Geography.

Updated November 6, 2007

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