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DAAD Summer School 2014

When and Where

  • Monday, 10th till Friday, 28th March 2014
  • Departamento de Informática, Campus Centro Politécnico,
    Universidade Federal do Paraná, Curitiba, Brasil


Topics and Course Units of the Summer School:

  • Introduction and General Overview on Longterm Access to Digital Data
  • Goals and Concepts of Research Data Management
  • Characterization of Digital Artefacts and Environments, Digital Forensics
  • Concepts and Tools for Preservation Planning
  • Preservation Methods on the Bitstream and Technical Layer
  • Cloud-based Preservation and Preservation of the Cloud
  • J2EE Programming for Distributed Services and Emulation-as-a-Service

Non-Curricular Programme:

  • Studying Abroad - Support and Scholarships for foreign PhD students in Germany
  • Current Research activities of the involved professorships



The Summer School "Research Data Management -- Methods and Concepts to Preserve
Access to Research Data, Public Records and Private Digital Artefacts" presents
a current hot topic in both computer and information science. It is organized in
cooperation by two German universities together with the state university of
Paraná (Universidade Federal do Paraná -- UFPR) and the Laboratório Nacional
de Computação Científica (LNCC) in Petrópolis. It brings together experienced
professors and researchers from various fields in library, archival, information
and computer science. The DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst -- German
Academic Exchange Service) financially supports this Summer School.

The amount of digital content being created on the internet, organizations and governmental
institutions is increasing rapidly. It is forecast to double every two years, to a
total of 40,000 exabytes in 2020. Cultural heritage preservation, the availability of research
results, data retention laws, and policies may require the archivation of a relevant portion
of this digital information for a long period of time. Digital preservation encompasses
strategies, methods and technologies to preserve such digital information, so that it stays
accessible and usable over an indefinite long period of time, regardless of media failure
and technological change.

The long term availability of knowledge in digital representation presents mankind
a range of challenges. Organizations such as libraries or archives have for many
years been confronted with the reasonably new task to store digital artifacts
accessibly for a long time. Digital objects prove themselves to be of no trivial
composition, different to traditional media such as paper or microfiche, without
their technical creation context available. These contexts change quickly and if
information should not be lost, they do either needed to be entrained with the
technical development or their original work environment should be preserved.



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