Here is a snapshot of some of the projects the team is currently working on:
The amount of digital material in the Library’s collections continues to increase, and with that comes the need to ingest larger amounts of digital material into the NDHA for preservation. The Library has begun a Bulk Ingest Pipeline project to redesign the process and scale up the technical infrastructure needed to process and import digital material into the NDHA. Some of the design goals include automating and centralising common functions where possible, rather than maintaining multiple tools with overlapping features, or overusing manual processes.
The Library, in collaboration with other institutions, is developing a Code of Ethics for digital preservation. This code sets standards for the ethical behaviour of professionals in the community through highlighting and codifying our responsibilities to digital objects that have long-term value. It allows the digital preservation community to have a degree of accountability through setting expectations. It acts as a statement of expectation for new members of the community, offering an introduction to who we are as a group and our responsibilities. The code is also an instrument of justification that can be referenced to support arguments for particular courses of action that are specific to the challenge addressed by digital preservation. Finally, the code offers a statement that the community is taking a step towards becoming a profession. For more details, have a look at the draft version of the document 'Code of Ethics for digital preservation [PDF, 726 KB]'.
The Library is initiating a Handle service for its holdings in the National Digital Heritage Archive (NDHA). Handles are persistent identifiers that can be used in a similar way to a URL in order to retrieve resources via the web. Handles aim to help address the problem of ‘link rot’, where URLs no longer resolve to their intended resource. The NDHA assigns unique Handles to all its preserved content. Over the next year, we will be implementing a resolver service to allow users to access the content via their Handles. This will provide a more reliable link for the citation purposes.
Over the past few years the Library has been working on a project to migrate to a new object-based storage solution for the NDHA and the Library. When complete, the ODS project is expected to result in significant cost savings for the Library.
After ten years of production, the Library is planning the next-generation version of the NDHA. The focus will be on re-architecting and modernising the back-end technical infrastructure so that it can better support the preservation needs of the next decade.
The Library is collaborating with the National Library of the Netherlands (external link) to enhance the Web Curator Tool (WCT), which is used in the Web Archiving programmes of both institutions. The WCT is a free open-source tool used to collect websites for archival purposes. The Library uses the WCT to harvest websites that are preserved in the NDHA and are then available to researchers, even if they are no longer available on the Web. To learn more about the tool visit WCT page on this website. Check the Web Curator Tool 2.0 [PDF, 109 KB] document to find out what is new in this version.