Wednesday, 21 October 2009

New issue of IJDC

The latest issue (volume 4, issue 2) of the International Journal of Digital Curation is now available. It's a bumper issue, with two letters to the editor (a whiff of controversy there!), 8 peer-reviewed papers (originating from last year's International Digital Curation Conference), and 6 general articles (two of which came from last year's iPres08 conference). I'm really pleased with this issue, which as always is extremely interesting.

This is the last issue to be produced by Richard Waller as Managing Editor, and I'd like to pay tribute to his dedication in making IJDC what it is today. He has sourced most of the general articles himself, and those who have worked with him as authors will know the courteous detail with which he has edited their work. They may not know the sheer blood, sweat and tears that have been involved, nor the extraordinarily long hours that Richard has put in to make IJDC what it is, alongside his "day job" of editing Ariadne. Thank you so much, Richard.

We will have a new Production Editor for the next issue, whom I will introduce when that comes out (we hope at about the same time as this year's International Digital Curation Conference in London... have you registered yet?). We have some interesting plans to develop IJDC in volume 5, next year.

Update: I thought I should have said a bit more about the contents, so the following is abridged from the Editorial.

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.


  1. Dear Chris, I have sent a draft manuscript to Richard, but I discovered on this blog that Richard is no longer managing editor. Could you tell me what will happen with my submission? Thanks, Junte.

  2. We checked and we have the manuscript; I think Richard has responded to you. He's still around but not so much part of the team as he used to be, focusing on other things.


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