A balancing act: The ideal and the realistic in developing Dryad’s preservation policy

  • Sara Mannheimer Montana State University
  • Ayoung Yoon University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Jane Greenberg University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Elena Feinstein Duke University
  • Ryan Scherle Dryad Repository
Keywords: Dryad Repository, data preservation, digital preservation, preservation policy

Abstract

Data preservation has gained momentum and visibility in connection with the growth in digital data and data sharing policies. The Dryad Repository, a curated general–purpose repository for preserving and sharing the data underlying scientific publications, has taken steps to develop a preservation policy to ensure the long–term persistence of this archived data. In 2013, a Preservation Working Group, consisting of Dryad staff and national and international experts in data management and preservation, was convened to guide the development of a preservation policy. This paper describes the policy development process, outcomes, and lessons learned in the process. To meet Dryad’s specific needs, Dryad’s preservation policy negotiates between the ideal and the realistic, including complying with broader governing policies, matching current practices, and working within system constraints.

Author Biographies

Sara Mannheimer, Montana State University

Assistant Professor

Montana State University Library

Ayoung Yoon, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Doctoral Candidate

School of Information and Library Science

Metadata Research Center (MRC)

Jane Greenberg, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Professor

School of Information and Library Science 

Metadata Research Center (MRC)

Elena Feinstein, Duke University

Librarian for Chemistry and Biological Sciences

Duke University Libraries

         

            

Ryan Scherle, Dryad Repository

Repository Architect

Dryad Repository

Published
2014-08-05
How to Cite
Mannheimer, S., Yoon, A., Greenberg, J., Feinstein, E., & Scherle, R. (2014). A balancing act: The ideal and the realistic in developing Dryad’s preservation policy. First Monday, 19(8). https://doi.org/10.5210/fm.v19i8.5415