The ESDI Roundtable

** Places at the ESDI Roundtable have now all been assigned and registration is closed. A report will be issued after the event **

A Roundtable Meeting on the Economic Sustainability of Digital Information

(The ESDI Roundtable)

Thursday 26th May, 2011

Cupola Hall, National Library of Estonia, Tallinn, Estonia

‘By attending to the value of digital information, providing incentives to preserve these digital assets, and ensuring allocation of roles and responsibilities among stakeholders that share a common interest in valuable digital assets, we can continue to build high the shared body of knowledge that will enable all of us to see farther.’ Sustainable Economics for a Digital Planet (Feb 2010)

These were the concluding remarks in the Final Report of the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Sustainable Digital Preservation and Access and they underline the importance of what is at stake when we talk about the sustainability of digital information. The effective passing on of knowledge from one generation to the next underpins all aspects of society and enables new learning and new research to take place. The work of the Blue Ribbon Task Force (BRTF) was a significant and novel addition to the literature on Digital Preservation and was the first systematic attempt to focus not just on the cost of managing information over time, but on the economic framework that is required to allow that to happen.

The purpose of this roundtable meeting is not only to provide an international forum to discuss the implications of the BRTF conclusions and recommendations, but also to focus on new work in this area, and to hear from a range of participants about the various national actions that are being taken to ensure an economically sustainable digital future.

The meeting will feature a presentation and discussion of work that is currently being funded by JISC and OCLC Research to produce a reference model that will help decision-makers understand the economic context surrounding digital lifecycle management, and inform the development of viable economic sustainability strategies. The reference model will be based on the findings and recommendations of the BRTF Final Report, but aims to translate the report’s conclusions into a practically-oriented tool for economic decision-making. The goal is to produce a reference model that underpins the economic aspect of lifecycle digital planning and management much as the OAIS Reference Model has underpinned planning and management for technical/workflow issues.

Other initiatives that may be introduced at the meeting include work being contemplated by LIBER (the Association of European Research Libraries) and some of the sustainability work by Ithaka S+R.

The two main objectives of the meeting are:

  1. To present and receive feedback on the draft economic reference model and to discuss next steps
  2. To hear from a range of participants about national initiatives and reactions to the challenge of economically sustaining digital resources

In common with the conference to which this meeting is attached, the underlying agenda is to coordinate and align national approaches and to share what effective knowledge we have in this field for the benefit of all.

Whilst the event is free to attend, places at this meeting are very limited and some will be filled by targeted invitation. However, anyone with a specific interest in this area is welcome to register their wish to participate, and if places are available, we will include everyone we can. Please note that this will be a roundtable meeting and all participants should come along expecting to take an active role in the discussion.

** Places at the ESDI Roundtable have now all been assigned and registration is closed. A report will be issued after the event **

Draft Programme (subject to confirmation)

09:00 - 09:30 Assemble

09:30 - 09:45 Introduction

  • Neil Grindley (JISC)

09:45 - 10:15 Presentation

  • Chris Rusbridge/Brian Lavoie (OCLC): The Draft Reference Model for the Economic Sustainability of Digital Information

10:15 - 11:00 Discussion on next steps for the Reference Model

11:00 - 11:30 Break

11:30 - 12:00 Presentation

  • Wouter Schallier (LIBER): Work on the readiness of European stakeholders to support economic sustainability

12:00 - 12:30 Discussion on international responses to Digital Preservation Sustainability Issues

12:30 - 13:30 Lunch

13:30 - 14:00 Presentation

  • Ithaka: Work on sustainability

14:00 - 14:30 Discussion on future work and emerging ideas

14:30 - 15:00 Rapporteur feedback/capture actions

15:00 Finish