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Database Preservation Workshop

23 March, 2007 09:00 AM - 07:00 PM

e-Science Institute, 15 South College Street, Edinburgh

Organiser: Vassilis Christophides
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Any slides or other material generated as a result of this event can be found at: www.nesc.ac.uk/action/esi/contribution.cfm?Title=763

Most of scientific research is now based on digital data resources, and databases are playing an increasingly important role. Much of the data is either impossible (e.g. climate and demographic data) to reproduce or can only be recovered at enormous costs (e.g. data from high energy physics experiments or space flight missions). Nearly every reference manual, dictionary and gazetteer benefits from some form of database management support, and there has been an explosion in the number of curated databases in biology. These databases represent a huge investment of human effort. The need for preservation is self-evident.

While considerable thought has been given to the preservation of fixed "digital objects" studied in the past, the preservation of databases, which have an internal structure and which may change over time, poses new challenges. Typically databases are centrally managed, and their survival depends on the viability of commercial organisations or the continued public funding of data centres. Database preservation raises new technical, economic and legal issues. Libraries, the traditional curators of scientific and scholarly reference material, have largely abrogated their archival responsibility to databases. The workshop aims to bring together an interdisciplinary group of researchers and practitioners who will address archival issues associated with databases.

For further information please consult the webpage at: http://homepages.inf.ed.ac.uk/hmueller/presdb07/

Target Audience

Researchers and practitioners interested in archival issues associated with databases.


This event is provisionally scheduled to start at 09:00 Friday 23 March 2007 and close at 19:00 on Friday 23 March 2007.

A programme is available at: http://homepages.inf.ed.ac.uk/hmueller/presdb07/program.html


Registration for this event is now closed. To enquire about an application or to cancel a previous application please contact NeSC Administration.

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Important Dates

22 Feb - Registration Opens
16 Mar - Registration Deadline
16 Mar - Date we will respond to your application by (Please note this is the latest date we will respond to your application. It is normal policy for us to respond within 5 working days where possible.)
23 Mar - Event Starts at 09:00hrs


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This event is hosted by NeSC in association with the following organisations:
  Digital Curation Centre (www.dcc.ac.uk)            
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