[Moims-dai] Which document are we working on in ICF/ILF and its purpose section

david.giaretta at stfc.ac.uk david.giaretta at stfc.ac.uk
Thu Oct 15 12:23:02 UTC 2015

Apologies for missing some meetings.

Could someone send out the version of the document we are working on for ILF/ICF?

Also the Purpose and scope section is key:

I found:
The purpose of this Recommended Practice is to define a framework for gathering information throughout the information lifecycle, from the proposal to the long-term re-use of the resulting information, focusing on the activities needed at each stage which will help to ensure that the data can be optimally exploited over the long term.  It can form the basis on which Data Management Plans can be constructed. It should be applicable to both existing as well as data to be created in future. It should be of use to funders, researchers, archive managers and end-users by helping to reduce the effort and increase the efficacy of preservation and exploitation of data.
The Recommendation does not cover all aspects of the lifecycle and aspects of the activities it does specify do not have to be carried out strictly sequentially, and indeed some may be revisited and improved at several of the stages.
It will describe stages of the information curation lifecycle and within each stage, this recommendation identifies the information which should be collected, created or improved in order to be able to preserve and utilize information objects for the long-term. Within the framework, standards, best practices and software tools that could be used are identified.
This framework takes the view that curation and preservation are not separate activities to be considered at the end of an information production project, but as a set of actions that must be conducted throughout the information lifecycle.
Other aspects, such as costing, risk management, metadata management, data formats, policies and workflow, value-adding and service architectures, which are clearly of interest in preservation and curation, are not addressed except at a high-level, to provide context.  It is expected that full treatment of these issues will require additional, more focused, standards.
While this process originates in the space community, it is being designed in a generic way and should be applicable to any science domain and to the wider library and archival communities.
This Recommended Practice accomplishes the following:

–      identifies the main stages in the information curation lifecycle;

–      defines the information to be collected at each of these stages,;

–      forms a general methodological framework, which should be applicable and usable in any information stewardship, curation or preservation context (this general framework should  provide sufficient flexibility to be applied to individual user’s situations);

–      forms a basis for the identification and/or development of additional standards and implementation guides including those that address particular concerns in more detail;

–      forms a basis for identification and/or development of a set of software tools that will assist the development, operation and checking of the different stages of the lifecycle.

Another comment about the scope. Mike seems keen to provide guidelines about what people should do – that will surely take a long time to get agreement on.

I thought we were looking at a “recommendation identifies the information which should be collected, created or improved in order to be able to preserve and utilize information objects for the long-term” – this surely will be much easier and quicker.


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