I guess it depends what level of policy you're thinking of - an
institutional statement, repository / data centre policy, or data plans?
There are various bits of research that might be relevant for each.
We did some work in the DCC on policies last year. There's a report,
which covers UK Research Council requirements for curation that might be
of use. RC requirements tend to focus on data management plans here,
hence our follow up activity in this area.
Policy webpages: http://www.dcc.ac.uk/resources/policy-and-legal
We've recently been doing some work for the ERIS project too and have
again found that institutional policies on preservation are rare in UK
HE. Preservation is covered more in repository policies. The nearest
we've seen to an institutional policy / statement is the one that Oxford
University are currently ratifying (see slide 6 of presentation given at
a JISC meeting:
Neil Beagrie has done a study on digital preservation policies too:
_p1finalreport.pdf They looked at various types of policy in HE as
statements about preservation weren't always found within a specific
'preservation policy'. The most comprehensive preservation policies they
came across were from data centres and repositories. The UKDA one is
For publication repositories, the OpenDOAR policy tool has a
preservation template, which has been used a lot in the UK:
There's an event in Oxford this coming Monday on institutional policies
for research data. I don't expect you'll be able to make it, but I'm
sure outputs will be put online. I'm happy to feedback too.
There are various other links we've collected in the course of DCC
policy research, both to guides on what should be in preservation
policies and example policies. This isn't very neat (very much an
internal, working draft!) but I could tidy it up and pass it on if it
would be of use.
All the best
(HATII & Digital Curation Centre)
Tel: +44(0)141 3303549
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From: "Smith, Ina <ismith@...>" <ismith@...>
Subject: [Dspace-general] Digital Preservation Policies
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We are in the process of conducting a content analysis of existing
digital preservation policies by other institutions in order to also
start working towards a digital preservation policy for the University
of Stellenbosch, South Africa. Would highly appreciate it if there are
some folks out there who would be willing to share - case studies are
also welcome. Maybe there is a comprehensive list out there listing all
the policies already? If you know of any, I would really appreciate it
if you can forward it ...
Many thanks in advance!
With kind regards
University of Stellenbosch
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