Shaman: D14.3 - Report on demonstration and evaluation activity in the domain of industrial design and engineering
2011 (English)Report (Other academic)
1. The report is accounting for the demonstration and evaluation of ISP2, which was designed to demonstrate the potential of the SHAMAN framework for digital preservation in the context of industrial design and engineering companies and for the research and development community.
2. The demonstration process was carried out by means of presentation based on screen-casts in Philips Consumer Lifestyle division the Audio, Video, Multimedia and Accessories business area members. They were typical members of a consumer organization and were involved in engineering or middle management work in the company, one was an intern.
3. The evaluation is based on the report of a focus group held in Philips‟s Eindhoven headquarters. It is supplemented with structured data from self-completed questionnaires, administered on the same occasions. However, the level of participation in the focus group was low as three out of nine intended participants withdrew because of more pressing duties on the morning of the event. Therefore, the data show only the individual opinions. However, the evaluation methods were successful in delivering useful information for the preparation of this deliverable.
4. Participants pointed out that, although their needs for digital preservation were limited, other business areas in the division were more likely to have greater needs, for example, the Health and Wellness area, which had legal obligations to retain data. The theoretical justification for the SHAMAN framework appeared to be of little interest to them. The primary requirement they had of software was that it should „save the time of the engineer‟. The elements resembling the optimum system, i.e., those that accepted a document or design and then automatically extracted all the necessary metadata to enable it to be found and used in the future, were favoured most. The participants found some features of the demonstrator, such as the Open Conjurer module and the concept of „terminology evolution‟ particularly appealing.
5. It is quite evident that the SHAMAN framework is applicable to the domain, and it is also evident that the key factors that will make digital preservation in general a requirement will depend very much on the nature of the business. The area of audio and video appliances does not need a very long-term preservation because of the rather short lifetime of an individual product. However, even here, in a different business area, relating to health and well-being, legal requirements necessitate a much longer period of preservation for documents and their need for digital preservation will be much greater.
6. Evaluation has also been performed to determine the project‟s impact on the R&D community by means of submission and rejection rates of papers to journals and conferences, and bibliometric and Webometric analyses. The results demonstrate that the research outputs from the project are of interest to the R&D community and that the impact of the project as a whole compares favourably with other European projects in the digital preservation area.
7. The evaluation has revealed strengths and shortcomings in the demonstration process, which will influence the further development of demonstrators for all three SHAMAN domains of interest. The SHAMAN framework for digital preservation is seen as offering new possibilities and interesting approaches to information capturing and re-use by the practitioners in industrial design and engineering companies.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
digital preservation, industrial design, evaluation, digital preservation
Computer and Information Science Information Studies
Research subject Library and Information Science
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-4510Local ID: 2320/9799OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hb-4510DiVA: diva2:883892
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