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Report of the Fieldwork Data Sustainability Project (FIDAS)

CollectionsAustralian Partnership for Sustainable Repositories (APSR)
Title: Report of the Fieldwork Data Sustainability Project (FIDAS)
Author(s): Barwick, Linda
Honeyman, Tom
Hayes, Steven
Keywords: digital sustainability
digital preservation
digital curation
digital stewardship
archival management
sustainable data collection
Publisher: Australia: Australian Partnership for Sustainable Repositories (APSR)
Fieldworkers typically collect data in a rather ad-hoc way during fieldwork, often leading to patchy and highly variable metadata quality at the time of submission to a digital repository. It can be very difficult or even impossible to reconstruct some of this information at a later date, yet these resources are often unique and unrepeatable records of highly significant events collected at considerable expense of researcher time, effort and resources. From the repository perspective, lack of metadata (including preservation metadata) can have serious implications not only for ingestion into a repository, but also for subsequent archival management and dissemination of archival information. This project aimed to extend the scope of the OAIS model to facilitate sustainable data collection and description of digital objects from the time of creation during fieldwork, and to integrate this workflow with repository ingestion, management, and dissemination requirements.


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