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DPC Webinar - 'Using Big Data Techniques For Searching Digital Archives' with Janet Delve and Sven Schlarb

The webinar will provide a short overview of the E-ARK project, a quick round up of key Big Data terms, followed by an exploration of the Big Data techniques and architecture (Hadoop, Solr etc.) used by the project: including faceted searches and Named Entity Recognition.

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DPC Webinar: 'Planning Day - Feedback Report' with William Kilbride and Sarah Middleton

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Following up from the DPC’s Planning Day at the British Library on 3rd April, this webinar provides a roundup of the feedback received throughout the course of this productive day, with an outline of the next steps, key points from the subsequent iteration of the Strategic Plan 2018-2023 draft for review and the launch of the DPC Dragon's Den 'Big Ideas' for the coalition's next 5 years.

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DPC Webinar: Commercial Supporter Spotlight with Paula Keogh, Arkivum

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Arkivum provides best-of-breed data safeguarding and long-term digital preservation solutions. Heritage and higher education organisations benefit from a simple, usable and secure digital preservation platform.

In this webinar, Arkivum's Paula Keogh provides practical advice on how to make your digital preservation procurement experience as painless as possible and discuss all that comes afterwards; how preservation can be integrated into day-to-day working practices, and will discuss: 

  • How to define realistic and successful criteria when procuring a digital preservation system
  • Procurement pitfalls and how you can avoid them
  • How preservation techniques can add business value to your digital assets and records by integrating into everyday practice
  • The interaction between archiving, preservation and how ‘business as usual’ activities can work seamlessly
  • How data flows in and out of an archive and how automation through integration enables joined up workflows
  • Taking examples from other sectors e.g. how the finance industry uses large-scale workflows and integration for preserving audio, video, social media and much more

Case studies will be used to illustrate the session, demonstrating how archiving, preservation and public access solutions have been implemented by a range of Arkivum customers, including Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, the Kramlich Collection, the Linnean Society, MoMA, Tate and the University of Westminster.

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DPC Webinar: Commercial Supporter Spotlight with Michael Hope, Preservica

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Accelerate your Digital Preservation Plans: The 5 Step Journey

One of the main challenges to deploying the right Digital Preservation governance and systems for your organisation can be knowing the best way to get started or how to build the case and get organisational buy-in. In this webinar Preservica's Michael Hope will provide an overview of the key steps to successfully justifying, choosing and deploying a Digital Preservation system using a proven 5 Step Digital Preservation journey as a framework. This will include reference to best practice, template documents and case-studies from over 50 successful implementations.

 

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DPC Webinar - 'Using Exactly for Remote Transfer of Digital Files' with Bertram Lyons, AVPreserve

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For organizations challenged by remotely and safely transferring born-digital material from a sender to a recipient, we invite you to join Bertram Lyons (https://www.avpreserve.com/people/bertram-lyons/) for a workshop on AVPreserve's (https://www.avpreserve.com) free EXACTLY tool.  A simple and easy to use application that utilizes the BagIt File Packaging Format standard, EXACTLY supports FTP (and SFTP) transfer, as well as standard network transfers, and integrates into desktop-based file sharing workflows such as Dropbox or Google Drive. Additionally, EXACTLY allows the recipient to create customized metadata templates for the sender to fill out before submission.

Download and find out more about Exactly at https://www.avpreserve.com/tools/exactly/

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DPC Webinar - 'Data Storage Technology for Digital Preservation' with Dr. Mark L Watson, Oracle

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"You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.” Abraham Lincoln

It is clear that the digital preservation community currently faces a nearly endless set of challenges, not the least of which is the availability of archival data storage technologies to meet their requirements now and in the future. Realising highly resilient, very long-term, access to digital content and services will inevitably necessitate the consumption of increasing amounts of raw data storage. However, in recent years there has been a significant, though not unexpected, rationalisation in the data storage industry, coupled with a marked decrease in the rate of growth of storage unit capacities. In this webinar Dr. Mark L Watson, Director of Hardware Development, Archive Storage Technologies, Oracle will describe currently available data storage technologies to meet the digital archivist’s needs, review the likely direction of these in the medium term and examine what – if any – possible alternative technologies might exist in the future and the technological challenges they will face.

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DPC Webinar - 'The E-ARK Knowledge Center and Maturity Model' with Ricardo Vieira and Diogo Proença

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The E-ARK Knowledge Center (available at http://kc.dlmforum.eu) is an aggregator of services developed under the scope of the E-ARK Project (http://www.eark-project.com/) to (1) support the definition of Information Governance (IG) practices, (2) contribute to the existing body of knowledge of IG, and (3) assess existing IG practices.

In particular, the Maturity Assessment consists on a self-assessment questionnaire that allows organisations to evaluate their archival management practices. The questionnaire is based on the E-ARK maturity model for archival management practices that uses as references OAIS/ISO14721, TRAC/ISO16363, and PAIMAS/ISO20652.

This webinar will present and demonstrate the services at the E-ARK Knowledge Center with particular focus on the Maturity Model that serves as reference to one of those services.

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DPC Webinar - 'Using Fixity to Monitor Integrity and Attendance of Digital Files' with Amy Rudersdorf, AVPreserve

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How do you know if your digital files are corrupt, missing, moved, or renamed? AVPreserve's (https://www.avpreserve.com) free tool called Fixity can help! Join Amy Rudersdorf (https://www.avpreserve.com/people/amy-rudersdorf/) to learn how Fixity enables you to monitor and report on file integrity and attendance in your digital collections. When run regularly, Fixity becomes a powerful tool for monitoring digital files in almost any storage location.

To download Fixity at https://www.avpreserve.com/tools/fixity/

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DPC Webinar - 'Introducing E-Ark' with Kuldar Aas

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E-ARK was an EC-funded pilot project which aimed to improve the methods and technologies of digital archiving, in order to achieve consistency and interoperability on a Europe-wide scale. E-ARK finished in January 2017 and delivered:

  • series of standardised Information Package specifications, sufficiently scalable and open to satisfy the needs of all preservation institutions;
  • interoperable software tools allowing to create, preserve and reuse Information Packages which comply with the specifications;
  • a series of best practices for digital preservation institutions, for example on using big data techniques in long-term repositories and digital preservation maturity assessment.

This webinar provides a comprehensive overview all the aspects of the E-ARK project and insights into follow-up work. The webinar serves also as an introduction to more detailed and technological webinars which will follow later in the programme. 

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DPC Webinar - 'Digital Preservation of OECD Datasets' with Terri Mitton, OECD

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The OECD (Organisation for Econimic Cooperation and Development) is an international government organisation that creates knowledge. Its reports and analysis focus on important social and environmental issues, and are underpinned by data colected from participating national statistics offices and other sources. With more than 5 billion data points and constant updates, the challenge was how to preserve the dynamic data, in a format facilitating use and ensuring long-term availability.

In this webinar Project Manager Terri Mitton at OECD explains how this expansive data was captured and archived for dissemination alongside other digital content of the research platform, OECD Library.

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DPC Webinar - 'The Transferability of Trusted Digital Repository Standards to an East African context,' with Anthea Seles

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Digital preservation is a topic that has been extensively explored over the last thirty years in the fields of archival and information studies. However, relatively little literature has touched on the topic of Trusted Digital Repositories (TDRs). A TDR is '[A]n archive, consisting of an organization of people and systems that has accepted the responsibility to preserve information and make it available for a Designated Community.’1 Standards governing TDRs, namely the Open Archival Information System (OAIS) and Repository Audit and Certification (RAC), have been designed and tested by developed nations with minimal reference to the developing world.

In her last webinar Anthea Seles talked to us about OAIS: its limitations and (how) can they be fixed. In this update, Anthea will talk us through the standards development process, identifying underlying socio-economic, cultural, infrastructural, educational and other presumptions that may exist in the documented standards and examines whether these biases impact on the applicability and transferability of standards to Eastern Africa.

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DPC Webinar - 'HSBC Global Digital Archive System (GDA)' with James Mortlock, HSBC

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HSBC’s 2016 Digital Preservation Award winning Global Digital Archive system was launched in January 2015, combining a synchronised Preservica digital repository with discrete Calm archival management catalogues covering Asia, Europe and North America.

This holistic approach to collections management and digital preservation merges ingest and preservation workflows with strong search capabilities, enabling the archivists to curate physical assets, digital copies and born‐digital records on a global basis, whilst also navigating numerous information security risks posed in a commercially sensitive and highly regulated environment. In this webinar James Mortlock talks us through the successful project which demonstrates to ‘big business’ that preservation technology is a truly specialist requirement – separate to traditional document management. 

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DPC Webinar - 'Preservation Practices of New Media Artists' with Colin Post, UNC

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New media art constitutes a significant vein of contemporary artistic production, with many artists creating culturally significant artworks that critically investigate the meanings and uses of technology in the contemporary moment. Yet countless such works have been lost from the cultural record, with even more rapidly becoming inaccessible.

While there exists a growing body of literature devoted to the preservation of new media artworks in institutional collections, a great many such artworks remain uncollected, and thus without the benefit of the resources and preservation know-how afforded to artworks within major collections.

In this webinar, Colin Post from the University of North Carolina, addresses this lack of research by posing the following questions: How do new media artists conceive of the preservation of their artworks? Do preservation concerns arise in the process of creation? How do preservation challenges manifest in the ongoing maintenance of an artwork?

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DPC/NCDD Webinar: 'Essentials 4 Data Support' with Marjan Grootveld and Ellen Verbakel, Research Data NL

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Introduction

Following the most exciting and hotly contested Digital Preservation Awards to date, those people, projects and organisations selected as finalists have been gathered together once more to tell DPC members more about their (in some cases award winning) work!

The webinars will provide a deeper dive into each of these projects, exploring the latest thinking, research, practice and innovation and helping members assess the potential for application within their own organisations. Collectively the series will ensure that DPC members have a comprehensive overview of the digital preservation landscape and the state of the art. 

Essentials 4 Data Support

The Essentials 4 Data Support course contributes to the professionalisation of 'data supporters': people who (want to) support researchers in storing, managing, archiving and sharing their research data. 'Essentials' refers to the goal of enabling a data supporter to take the first steps towards supporting researchers in Research Data Management, by providing essential data knowledge and skills in digital preservation of research data. All content is available in Dutch and English for self-study (online-only), but in the recommended face-to-face course networking, expert lectures and assignments contribute to an effective learning experience. So far over 170 support staff have been trained.

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DPC/NCDD Webinar: 'Constructing a Network of National Facilities Together' with Joost van der Nat, NCDD

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To achieve cross-domain collaboration and to create a network of nationwide facilities, a practical framework has been developed in The Netherlands for public organisations that ensure sustained access to digital information. Based on realistic and achievable scenarios, these organisations and their clients can now make well-founded policy choices, rearrange resources, and better designate responsibilities on a national scale. Carefully avoiding a one-size-fits-all approach, the strategy is based on differentiation between domains while achieving economies of scale and other efficiencies by sharing jointly facilities and services where possible.

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DPC Webinar: 'The Digital City Revives' with Tjarda de Haan, Amsterdam Museum

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Tjarda de Haan, web archaeologist and guest e-curator at the Amsterdam Museum, shares her experiences with the 'excavation' of The Digital City: one of the first online community networks that operated on an European scale. The Digital City (De Digitale Stad, DDS) was launched in 1994 in Amsterdam and was taken offline in 2001. DDS was inspired by the Community Networks movement in the US and Canada and functioned as a Free-Net in the Netherlands. The project re:DDS is an attempt to reconstruct the virtual city in order to preserve the history of e-culture in Amsterdam.

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NCDD/DPC Webinar: 'Software sustainability' with researcher and advisor, Patrick Aerts

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Software sustainability is becoming a high priority agenda item. Now that “data” have become a major topic in science, industry and the cultural sectors, people are discovering that these data either are produced through software or require software to be read, interpreted or handled. This means that software needs to be kept and maintained as long as the data are relevant. But now that software has become a matter of concern, other domains start acknowledging that software – particularly its sustainability – has been underappreciated and that some catching is required.

Recently, Patrick Aerts, - advisor at the Netherlands eScience Center, senior research fellow at Data Archiving and Networked Services and project leader of the Dutch national project Software Sustainability (carried out by NCDD and the Network Digital Heritage) - was asked to dive into the matter and to write a report about the ways in which we can preserve this valuable digital heritage: software. In this webinar, Patrick will share his knowledge and experiences, as well as the results of his research report (publication expected soon, in Dutch and English).

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DPC Webinar - 'Software Heritage: building the universal archive of software source code' with Roberto di Cosmo

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Software embodies a large part of the technical and scientific knowledge that lies at the heart of our modern societies, and free and open source software constitutes the bulk of it. Communications, finance, transport, energy, health, entertainment, education, research, and politics have all come to depend heavily on software, which is a precious, essential, intangible asset.

Software Heritage’s mission is to collect, organize, preserve, and share the source code of all publicly available software. Roberto Di Cosmo, director of this inititiative, discusses the motivations and founding principles behind Software Heritage, which has already archived more than 3 billion unique source code files and 650 million unique commits, spanning more than 30 million FOSS projects from major software development hubs.

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DPC Webinar - 'Building Social Media Collections with Social Feed Manager (SFM)’ with the Project Team at George Washington University Libraries

 

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The project team at George Washington University Libraries give us an introduction to Social Feed Manager – an open source web application which empowers social media researchers, students, and cultural heritage institutions to define and collect datasets from social media services. Its development is led by the team at George Washington University Libraries, made up of software developers, archivists, and librarians. The webinar is designed for new users who are building collections and includes a short demo of the tool.

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DPC Webinar: 'Encoding Power: The Scripting of Archival Structures in Digital Spaces Using OAIS' with Rhiannon Bettivia

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Rhiannon’s research is in the area of digital preservation with a particular focus on film, games, and time-based media art. Her work looks at documenting context for media objects and documenting properties that are not intrinsic to an object's code but still essential to long-term understanding. She looks critically at the development of new archival practice to examine social and political implications of digital preservation tools and will talk to us about elements of her thesis and what bearing these have on upcoming revisions of OAIS.

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DPC Webinar: 'Encoding Power: The Scripting of Archival Structures in Digital Spaces Using the Open Archival Information System (OAIS) Reference Model' with Rhiannon Bettivia

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Rhiannon’s research is in the area of digital preservation with a particular focus on film, games, and time-based media art. Her work looks at documenting context for media objects and documenting properties that are not intrinsic to an object's code but still essential to long-term understanding. She looks critically at the development of new archival practice to examine social and political implications of digital preservation tools and will talk to us about elements of her thesis and what bearing these have on upcoming revisions of OAIS.

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DPC Webinar - 'Preservation Planning and Maturity Modelling' with Nancy McGovern

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Head of Curation and Preservation Services for MIT Libraries, Nancy McGovern shares her insights into Preservation Planning and Maturity Modelling.

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DPC Webinar - 'The Digital Preservation Handbook' with Sharon McMeekin

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All organisations in all sectors create digital materials, either as part of their organisational records, by digitising non-digital collections in order to enhance access to them, or they may be created digitally (“born digital”). However, they come into being, they will need to be managed as early as possible in their life-cycle, preferably at the design stage, but if not as soon as practicable thereafter, if they are to remain accessible as long as they are required. Practical experience and expertise in this area is still relatively limited so there is a clear need for guidance to ensure that the significant opportunities are not overwhelmed by the equally significant threats.

The Digital Preservation Handbook aims to identify good practice in creating, managing and preserving digital materials and also to provide a range of practical tools to help with that process. Following on from our first introduction to this resource by Neil Beagrie, the DPC's Sharon McMeekin will point us to the many examples of good practice contained within the Handbook and will suggest ways in which institutions can begin to address digital preservation. By providing a strategic overview of the key issues, discussion and guidance on strategies and activities, and pointers to key projects and reports, the Handbook aims to provide guidance for institutions and individuals and a range of tools to help them identify and take appropriate actions.

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DPC Webinar - Digisams pilot project on storage for long-term usability

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Digisams pilot project on storage for long-term usability is a part of the ongoing work on a scalable and flexible infrastructure that is carried out in collaboration with SUNET, Swedish University Computer Network and e-infrastructure. The project aims to develop an effective infrastructure common storage solution in order to increase usability of digital cultural heritage information.

The project is based on results from Digisams earlier work on digital preservation, including a pilot study in which a common storage, either centralized or distributed, is pointed out as desirable technical solution, together with services and tools for preservation: http://www.digitalmeetsculture.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/DCH-RP_WP5_DigitalPreservationAt-SwedishCHInstitutions-3.pdf (in English)

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DPC Webinar - ‘You said, we did’ - Feedback from the DPC Member’s Unconference ‘Connecting the Bits’ and plans for 2016-2017.’

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Following up from the DPC’s Member Unconference and all of the fantastic ideas generated in this day long workshop, William and Sarah will fill you in on the popular favourites returning to our programme for 2016-2017, as well as all of the new and specialist activities planned for the coming year. Diaries at the ready…

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DPC Webinar - 'Archiving Websites and Social Media' with David Clee from MirrorWeb

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The complexity of websites makes it hard to control content and even harder to keep records of day to day changes. Co-founder of UK based MirrorWeb David Clee will present a live demonstration of the web and social media archiving platform outlining the compliance obligations required of all website owners.

DPC Members are invited to take part in the live demonstration by volunteering their own websites for one weeks' archiving, an opportunity to see at a glance the changes which take place within that time frame and how the MirrorWeb platform can help manage the archiving process in spite of this moving target.

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DPC Webinar - '“Then and Now”: What does the changing use of Preservica software tell us about the future of Digital Preservation?' with Martin Springell, Preservica

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Preservica Product Manager, Martin Springell explores how the use of Digital Preservation software has evolved over the last two years - highlighting important trends and illustrating his talk with customer examples and demonstrations of Preservica’s very latest features.

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DPC Webinar - 'Preservation Planning for Personal Digital Archives' with Paul Wilson

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In this session Paul Wilson, formerly of the Office Systems Division at The National Computing Centre,  explains how he arrived at a Preservation Planning process which suited his requirements for Personal Digital Archiving after a 35 year journey.

In an accompanying Case Note, Paul narrates his attempts to create a preservation plan for a small personal collection. In the fuller article (which can be downloaded as a PDF), he outlines his experiences to provide insights into the practical outcomes of using published guidelines and tools for preservation planning. Since he could find no preservation planning process appropriate to individuals, Paul obtained a slide set detailing a simple preservation workflow from the Digital Preservation Coalition, and used that as a foundation on which to establish an approach to the work.

This general approach and accompanying documentation was tested and refined on two of his personal digital collections (one of 800 mementos and the other of 17,000 photos).

“I recounted my PDF experiences not to alert others to specifics about PDF (about which I know very little) or the eCopy software (which I am generally very pleased with),” he explains, “but to illustrate how complicated and time-consuming work on file formats can be.”

The detailed account of his research and preliminary trials provides a set of guidance for any individual or institution looking to preserve their own small, digital collection. Paul has also provided the documents he created from scoping to maintaining his collection, along with blank template versions that can be easily used and adapted by others. All of the documents, as well as blank templates, are available to download as a Toolset.

This case note also appears in the DPC’s Technology Watch Report Personal Digital Archiving by Gabriela Redwine.

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DPC and NCDD Webinar - Long time coming: trust, certification and digital preservation with William Kilbride and Kees Waterman

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‘Digital preservation is an always-emerging challenge. As technology changes so the processes and tools of effective preservation need to adapt. Success is provisional: a commitment to constant improvement is a prerequisite. Never entirely certain what success looks like, the digital preservation community has over the years developed several proxies for success and maturity of service. The ideal of a Trusted Digital Repository has gained much traction in the literature since it was first posited in 1996, and it is now encapsulated and codified as a series of standards. The resulting requirements and checklists provide a framework for repository improvement; however, with too many demands, too little practical experience and too little transparency these standard can also be a barrier to participation. If best practice is a receding and unattainable horizon, then it can become the enemy of good practice. Practitioners and their managers simply want to know how they are doing and how they can do it better.

This joint webinar between DPC and NCDD reviews state of the art in the certification and accreditation of digital preservation. The relationships between various key standards will be delineated with a deep dive into practical implementation of the ‘Data Seal of Approval’. The utility of audit methodologies will be reviewed; the role of maturity models presented; an emerging approaches in the UK and the Netherlands will be discussed.

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DPC and NCDD Webinar: 'The sustainability of born digital art' with Gaby Wijers, LIMA

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In this webinar Gaby Wijers, director of the international platform LIMA that focuses on the preservation, distribution and research of media art (www.li-ma.nl), talks about how the current situation in the Netherlands is concerning the sustainability of born digital art.

Gaby shares examples from the research rapport on born digital art of the Dutch Cultural Coalition Digital Preservation (only available in Dutch) and the Transformation Digital Art project from the Dutch Foundation for the Conservation of Contemporary Art (SMBK).

NCDD (the Dutch National Digital Coalition for Digital Preservation) and DPC (the British Digital Preservation Coalition) have teamed up to organize a series of monthly webinars in 2016, with alternate speakers from the British and Dutch preservation field. All webinars are recorded and made available online. Keep an eye on the agenda for upcoming webinars and other joint events.

Links to the videos Gaby tried to show during the webinar session are as follows:

More info on projects and documentation can be found on the LI-MA website: www.li-ma.nl/site/article/transformatie-digitale-kunst-peter-struycken

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DPC Webinar - 'The past is no guide to the future,' William Kilbride

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The promise of an economy based on new forms of data and novel types of exploitation has generated lots of excitement in the last few years. The excitement about so-called ‘big data’ is not just from the technology side: economic commentators point to technology as the single most important success story of the last three decades. Digital technologies have continued to grow more powerful and more prevalent, even as economic models and financial paradigms have stumbled. This invitational webinar will examine the claims made for the role of technology in the economy and their foundations. It will underline in stark terms the need for digital preservation, calling into question the credibility and viability of those agencies not making not making rapid progress in establishing digital preservation best practices.

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DPC Webinar - OAIS: its limitations and (how) can they be fixed

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The Open Archival Information System – ISO14721 – is used to frame many discussions around digital preservation and has itself been used as the basis for a series of related standards.  First published in 2002 under the auspices of the Committee for Space Data Systems it provides a reference model of information packages, roles and functions for digital preservation that has been widely adapted and adopted.  But the standard itself is now almost 15 years old and the needs of the community have changed significantly since then – not least as the community involved in digital preservation has grown extensively,  The standard is due for review in 2017 and the DPC, with partners, are encouraging a lively and informed debate about how the standard can be reformed. 

In this invitational webinar, Dr Anthea Seles, Digital Transfer Manager at the UK National Archives will explore the standard, its origins and its strengths and weaknesses along with allied standards such as Trusted Repository Audit and Certification.  She will describe the processes involved in standards review and how the wider digital preservation community can participate in the reform of its core standard.

The webinar will inform and encourage debate, currently being captured in the DPC’s OAIS Review Wiki.

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DPC and NCDD Webinar: 'ArchivesSpace-Archivematica-DSpace Workflow Integration'

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In April 2014, the Bentley Historical Library received a $355,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to partner with the University of Michigan Library and Artefactual Systems on the integration of ArchivesSpace, Archivematica, and DSpace in an end-to-end digital archives workflow. The project seeks to expedite the ingest, description, and overall curation of digital archives by facilitating (a) the review and characterization of newly acquired content, (b) the creation and reuse of descriptive and administrative metadata among emerging platforms and (c) the deposit of fully processed content into a digital preservation repository.

This presentation will identify key project goals and outcomes and demonstrate features and functionality of Archivematica's new 'Appraisal and Arrangement' tab developed by Artefactual Systems.

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DPC and NCDD Webinar - 'Born Digital: pre or postnatal care'

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In his presentation, Chido shows the results of the NCDD project ‘Born digital collection’ that focuses on how institutions decide upon acquiring born digital collections. The project report describes the current situation in the Netherlands and also provides scenarios that can guide institutions in their future choices regarding the acquisition of born digital collections. With the aid of two case studies, Chido also explores the consequences of the timing of preservation efforts: should we be acting right up front at the creation of born digital material, or can it wait? Lastly, participants will be invited to give their feedback on the ‘decision tree’ that is being developed to support the decision whether or not to acquire a born digital collection.

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DPC and NCDD Webinar: PERICLES 'Sheer Curation Tools'

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PERICLES is a 4-year EU-funded RTD project (Feb 2013 – Jan 2017). This webinar will briefly outline the key concepts that are guiding the PERICLES research and development and introduce you to notions of “digital ecosystem”, “model-driven approach”, “scenario-based testbeds” and “sheer curation”. The overarching aim of PERICLES is to propose a novel approach on how to manage change in digital environments, taking it beyond the challenges of technological obsolescence, with the aim of ensuring long-term availability of digital information. The project outcome will be a testbed demonstration of the overall approach, which by its very nature does not aspire to constitute a system in itself, but describes means and deploys tools that support change management in digital environments. Most of the tools and their integration into a testbed are still work in progress. Two tools that the project developed first, the PET and the PeriCAT, were needed early on for substantiating and informing other more complex components of the project. However, they are also effective as stand-alone tools, applicable both for preservation and other purposes.

The PET tool is a framework for extracting useful information from the environment where digital objects are created and modified. The extracted information supports object use and reuse.The PeriCAT tool is a framework of Information Encapsulation techniques, which can be used to aggregate information, such as those extracted by PET. It supports the user in the selection of the best encapsulation approach based on the scenario under consideration. By the end of the session, participants will have: 

  • a clear impression of the PERICLES project research
  • a basic understanding of the use of the tools and their use cases
  • knowledge about the relevant documentation

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Filling the Digital Preservation Gap Webinar

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In the Jisc funded "Filling the Digital Preservation Gap" project, teams at the Universities of Hull and York are looking at how to incorporate digital preservation into their workflows for research data management. The project is looking specifically at Archivematica, an open source digital preservation solution. Whilst the project focuses on a particular use case (research data management) the project team also have other use cases in mind for Archivematica and many of the lessons learnt so far have been more broadly applicable. This webinar will summarise project results so far and discuss some of the ways we are enhancing and developing Archivematica to make it more suitable for our proposed use cases.

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Digital Preservation in Action Webinar - Hugh Campbell, PRONI

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Technology Bytes Webinar - Ricardo Vieira, HoliRisk

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Technology Bytes Webinar: Sarah Middleton, DPC - Curation Costs Exchange

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VeraPDF Webinar

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The slides from the members' veraPDF webinar held on Tuesday 3rd February are now available for members.

Slides 24 and 25 have been updated as there was an error on the webinar version of the slides, but this is highlighted and explained during the recording.

We welcome feedback and comments on the functional and technical specification (circulated in advance of the webinar on 29 January). 

Please submit your feedback by Friday 13th February 2015 to ensure the prject consortium can address your comments in the final versions to send to PREFORMA at the end of Phase 1. We ask that you do not circulate the documents and recording beyond your organisation.

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Digital Preservation in Action Webinar - Maureen Pennock, British Library

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Technology Bytes Webinar: Luis Faria from KEEP Solutions

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Technology Bytes Webinar: Nir Sherwinter from Ex Libris

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Technology Bytes Webinar: Martin Springell from Tessella / Preservica

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Technology Bytes Webinar: Porter Olsen from BitCurator

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Technology Bytes Webinar: Courtney Mumma from Artefactual

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