PresQT engages stakeholders in a collaborative planning effort to enhance reproducibility and more open sharing of research data through open source development of a Research Data & Software Preservation Quality Tool.

This tool will provide for reuse of preserved software applications, improve technical infrastructure, and build on existing data preservation services. It aims to fill an essential niche in the technical stewardship portfolio, and its collaborative open source development will improve and support the national digital platform.

PresQT addresses several timely data reuse issues and will have a lasting impact on the field by affording researchers and data curators methods to:

  • Better represent digital workflow methodologies
  • Improve data and software provenance
  • Automatically enhance metadata
  • Perform schema validation
  • Improve file format recognition, interoperability and data integrity
  • Facilitate scientific reproducibility

The project will design a Research Data & Software Preservation Quality Tool, which supports interoperability with existing platforms and solutions and improves the quality of preserved scientific digital content making it more reusable and reproducible, aligning well with the Institute of Museum and Library Services' (IMLS) goal to promote the use of technology to facilitate discovery of knowledge.

We engage stakeholders through outreach to user communities and tool providers (survey, workshops, panels), conducting an evaluation of related systems, openly and transparently reporting all proceedings, collaboratively authoring and editing a report of findings, and preparing technical and administrative plans.

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