Here’s a press release about the launch of a JISC-funded Guide to Web Preservation which will be announced during the opening talk at the IWMW 2010 event later today.

The press release isn’t written in my normal conversation style but in discussions with my colleagues who worked on the JISC PoWR project in did occur to me that when a project makes a deliverable available this should be accompanied by a brief press release.  Whether the press release will be picked up by the media may be uncertain, but surely the process of reflecting on the importance of the project’s deliverables and summarising the benefits to the end users is a valuable exercise in itself? What’s your view on this suggestion?

Guide to Web Preservation to be launched at the opening session of a national event for University Web managers

At a time of cuts across the educational sector there is an urgent need to ensure that valuable teaching and learning and research Web-based resources are not lost.

Advice on how Web managers can minimise the risks of loss of such digital resources is provided in a Guide to Web Preservation which will be launched at a national event for University Web managers to be held at the University of Sheffield on 12 July.

The Guide to Web Preservation has been published by the JISC-funded Preservation of Web Resources (JISC PoWR) project which was provided by UKOLN (a national centre of expertise in digital information management) and ULCC (the University of London Computer Centre).

The Guide provides advice not only on the management of resources held on University Web sites but also in best practices when externally-hosted services are used to provide access to resources.

The Guide can be purchased from the Lulu print-on-demand service for £2.82 (plus p&p). An online version of the guide  is available from the JISC PoWR blog. In addition a commentable version is hosted on the JISCPress service.

Members of the JISC-PoWR team from UKOLN and ULCC, together with Susan Farrell, a consultant who edited the Guide, have published a series of video clips which describe the resource and further digital preservation work which the services are involved in.

Brian Kelly, the JISC PoWR project director described the Guide as “Focussed and pragmatic, explaining the importance of Web preservation and providing members of University Web teams with advice on what to do“.

In a video summary of the work Brian has described how the project team, based in Bath and London, made use of a number of Web 2.0 technologies, including blogs and resource-sharing services to support their work. “Since many Universities are using Cloud Services to deliver resources it was important that we made use of such services in order to gain experiences of preservation strategies for content on externally-hosted services.

The Guide will be launched at the opening of UKOLN’s annual Institutional Web Management Workshop (IWMW 2010) which will be held at the University of Sheffield on 12-14 July.