The Technical Infrastructure Working Group is responsible for understanding, comparing and articulating the infrastructural implications of different software preservation and access approaches. This charge may include specifications for computing configurations needed to run common packages used in the preservation environment, or the creation of documentation necessary to make existing software packages more usable. This group is interested in engaging members of the digital preservation ecosystem in experimentation with existing tools for access and preservation of software in an effort to establish a community-driven development roadmap that serves the broadest spectrum of users.

Action Plan:

  • Interview Planning (Sept 2018 – Feb 2019)
    • Draft interview instrument for equipment, spaces, services, and resources
    • Discuss data collection with Research WG
    • Identify potential interview subjects with active software preservation projects/programs
    • Refine interview instrument
    • Test interview instrument
  • Interviews (Feb 2019 – April 2019)
    • Conduct remote interviews with FCoP participants and EaaSI partners
    • Conduct onsite interviews when possible
    • Record notes for analysis
  • Data Analysis (April 2019 – May 2019)
    • Extract common themes surrounding resources
    • Identify shared terminology and concepts
    • Pull quantitative data into structured dataset
  • Documentation Drafting (May 2019 – Oct 2019)
    • Outline of common approaches
    • Develop glossary of terms
    • Draft guidelines on resources for workflows
    • Solicit feedback from other WGs on draft guidelines
    • Update guidelines


Preferred citation:

Metadata Working Group. Metadata Working Group Scope & Action Plan. Software Preservation Network.