SPN Forum

August 1, 2016
Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Deadline for proposal submissions:
April 4, 2016
Free, but space is limited!
information studies; archival enterprise; digital curation; conservation; software studies; preservation; community infrastructure; action-research; software-dependence; software licensing; participatory design; distributed digital preservation networks; legal frameworks; governance; sustainability

Forum Theme:
“Action Research: Empowering the Cultural Heritage Community and Mapping Out Next Steps for Software Preservation”

The forum’s theme, “Action Research: Empowering the Cultural Heritage Community and Mapping Out Next Steps for Software Preservation” reflects the mission of the Software Preservation Network (SPN) to solicit community input and build consensus around future steps for a national strategy for software preservation.

The SPN project team believes that the practice of critical reflection around software preservation must incorporate members from complementary domains to actively participate in a coordinated effort to develop a sustainable, national strategy for proprietary software licensing and collection – pulling heavily from the collective, lived experience and expertise of researcher-practitioners in software development, law, archives, libraries, museums, and other domains.

While proposals that provide historical context for software collection or preservation are welcome, every proposal should include the following components:

  • Title
  • Relevance to the Software Preservation Network project (what core component of the network does the proposal address?)
  • Outline of session content
  • Pre-conference materials for attendees (surveys, worksheets, thought piece, etc.)
  • Structure of in-session activity
  • Session participant outcomes and how those outcomes pipe into the larger discussion of a national software preservation strategy
  • Assessment method – how would you define a successful session? How would you gauge the productivity of your session?

Proposals are invited on topics such as:

  • Current collaborations/consortial efforts
  • Collective software licensing approaches
  • Preservation efforts
  • Emulated or virtualized access options
  • Organizational structures that have worked for other multi-institutional initiatives that may work for software preservation

Session format options include but are not limited to:

  • Use cases (30-45 minute presentation): describes specific institutional cases/situations where software played a key role in providing (or not being able to provide, as the case may be) access to digital collection material
  • What IFs (5-10 minute presentation): lightning talks that propose a realistic “what if?” scenario for addressing some aspect of software preservation
  • Context panels (45-60 minutes): provide contextual information about issues related to software preservation
  • Workshops (30-60 minutes): small group breakout activities that asks participants to reflect on and refine emerging solutions to software preservation

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