Two papers are linked by their association with data on the environment. Baker and Yarmey develop their viewpoint with environmental data as background, but their emphasis is more on arrangements for data stewardship. Jacobs and Worley report on experiences in NCAR in managing its “small” Research Data Archive (only around 250 TB!).
Halbert also looks at elements of sustainability, in distributed approaches that are cooperatively maintained by small cultural memory organizations. Naumann, Keitel and Lang report on work developing and establishing a well-thought out preservation repository dedicated to a state archive. Sefton, Barnes, Ward and Downing address metadata, plus embedded semantics; their viewpoint is that of document author. Gerber and Hunter similarly address metadata and semantics, this time from the viewpoint of compound document objects
Finally, we have two papers loosely linked through standards, though from different points on the spectrum of the general to the particular, as it were. At the particular end, Todd describes XAM, a standard API for storing fixed content; while from the more general end, Higgins provides an overview of continuing efforts to develop standards frameworks.
Moving on to general articles, in this case I would like to mention first my colleagues Pryor and Donnelly, who present a white (or possibly green?) paper on developing curation skills in the community.
Next, I would highlight two very interesting articles that originated from iPres 2008. These are Dappert and Farquahar who look at how explicitly modelling organisational goals can held define the preservation agenda. Woods and Brown describe how they have created a prototype virtual collection of 100 or so of the thousands of CD-ROMs published from many sources, including the US Government Printing Office. Shah presents the second part of his interesting independently-submitted work on preserving ephemeral digital videos. Finally, Knight reports from a Planets workshop on its preservation approach, while Guy, Ball and Day report from a UK web archiving workshop.