As I have previously blogged, our community's attempts to share knowledge and experience of digital preservation tools has been a triumph of good-willed enthusiam over coordination and collaboration. Rather than pooling our tool knowledge we have spread it around the web in list after list and registry after registry. The result is not particularly helpful. Finding the right tool for the job, remains a challenge. COPTR (Community Owned digital Preservation Tool Registry) is an attempt to address this challenge by collating the contents of existing registries and then replacing them with a new community owned registry.
This registry will not belong to any individual organisation, instead it will be owned and supported by the community. It will be wiki based, making it easy for anyone in the community to contribute. And it will provide a feed of data for anyone wanting to exploit the registry information in creative ways.
This effort has the support of the Aligning National Approaches to Digital Preservation initiative and is backed by an initial group of organisations who have agreed to contribute their registry data.
A demonstrator for COPTR has been produced and is available for viewing here
. Feedback on this demonstrator, offers of support, or contributions of registry data would be greatly appreciated and should be posted as a comment on this blog, or emailed to "p (dot) r (dot) wheatley (at) leeds (dot) ac (dot) uk" as is appropriate.