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Conference Paper

Publication Date


Publication Title

Digital Curation: Practice, Promise & Prospects: Proceedings of DigCCurr 2009, April 1-3, 2009, Chapel Hill, NC, USA



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The Open Archives Initiative (OAI) has recently created the Object Reuse and Exchange (ORE) project that defines Resource Maps (ReMs) for describing aggregations of web resources. These aggregations are susceptible to many of the same preservation challenges that face other web resources. In this paper, we investigate how the aggregations of web resources can be preserved outside of the typical repository environment and instead rely on the thousands of interactive users in the web community and the Web Infrastructure (the collection of web archives, search engines, and personal archiving services) to facilitate preservation. Inspired by Web 2.0 services such as digg,, and Yahoo! Buzz, we have developed a lightweight system called ReMember that attempts to harness the collective abilities of the web community for preservation purposes instead of solely placing the burden of curatorial responsibilities on a small number of experts.

Original Publication Citation

McCown, F., Nelson, M. L., & Van De Somple, H. (2009). Everyone is a curator: Human-assisted preservation for ORE aggregations. Paper presented at the DigCCurr2009, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, April 1-3, 2009.


0000-0003-3749-8116 (Nelson, Michael)