METRO would like to encourage individuals and institutions interested in Digital Preservation to participate in the latest initiative from the National Digital Stewardship Alliance (NDSA).
The NDSA Innovation Working Group has started a Digital Preservation Q&A site on Stack Exchange. The resulting site would provide a public space where NDSA members could help build a knowledge base of technical Q&A, and provide a common space for any number of digital preservation experts througout the world to contribute. NDSA welcomes participation from anyone interested in helping get this idea off the ground.
Here are some steps for getting involved:
1. Sign up and follow the proposal for the Digital Preservation Stack Exchange Q&A site.
You will see we have defined it as:
"Proposed Q&A site for librarians, archivists, curators, data managers, information specialists, computer scientists and engineers and other professionals working to ensure long term access to digital objects"
2. Vote for FIVE(5) of the suggested questions that you think are the best questions.
THIS PART IS VERY IMPORTANT.
To go past this initial definition phase of the Stack Exchange Q&A site creation process, the Digital Preservation proposal needs to get at least 40 questions which each have at least 10 votes.
3. Add a few questions that you think serve as examples of the kinds of questions you would like to have answered.
4. Forward this email on to anyone or any email lists that you participate in that you feel would be interested in participating in this initial phase (to get the Q&A site created).
For those unfamiliar with Stack Exchange:
Stack Exchange is a growing network of individual communities, each dedicated to serving experts in a specific field. We build libraries of high-quality questions and answers, focused on each community's area of expertise.
From programmers sharing answers on parsing HTML, to researchers seeking solutions to combinatorial problems, to photographers exposing lighting techniques, our communities are built by and for those best able to define them: the experts and enthusiasts.
For more info see http://stackexchange.com/about.