3 April 2017 | 10:00 - 16:00 Euston Road, London | British Library

The Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) invites members to come together for a day of discussion and planning at the British Library in London on Monday 3rd April 2017.

Purpose of the Meeting

The current DPC strategic plan expires in December 2017. The purpose of this planning meeting is therefore to engage members in the development of the Coalition’s next strategic plan, based in part on an evaluation of performance of the existing plan and its currency. A number of questions arise:

  • To what extent has the DPC met the strategic objectives of the current strategic plan?
  • What activities are no longer needed? What activities should be continued? What activities should be intensified or curtailed?
  • How has the DPC’s context changed in the last three years and how should the coalition respond to this?
  • What challenges or opportunities do members perceive in the next five years in relation to digital preservation?
  • What actions should DPC prioritise in the next strategic plan?
  • How might the DPC monitor its own performance and embed quality improvement in the coming five years?
  • Are the DPC’s values and core mission still appropriate to members’ needs?
  • What would be the optimal number, balance and distribution of membership in the coming three years?
  • What research and development activities should the DPC prioritise in the coming three years?
  • How might DPC prioritise its activities transparently on the basis of a limited resource?

Participants at the meeting will be invited to comment on all of these questions and to contribute any other considerations they consider relevant.


  • 1030-1100: Tea, coffee and registration
  • 1100-1130: Welcome and introduction, including the DPC’s own assessment of 2015 – 2018, and how we have responded to the objectives of the current Strategic Plan.
  • 1130-1230: Session One - In groups members are invited review the DPC’s current Strategic Plan, to identify how well the Coalition has met needs and requirements against the changing context of their work and review actions from the previous strategic plan to see if these remain fit for purpose.
  • 1230-1300: Group feedback on Session One
  • 1300-1345: Lunch (provided)
  • 1345-1445: Session Two - In groups, members will be asked to brainstorm the current challenges they are facing in their work, and the challenges they expect to face over the next 5 years.
  • 1445-1515: Feedback from Session Two.
  • 1515-1530: Tea and Coffee
  • 1530-1630: Session Three - In groups, members are invited to review the new Draft Strategic Plan 2018-2023 and how this responds to the current and arising challenges identified in Session Two. Priority actions and performance indicators associated with them may be inserted at this stage. Members are also invited to pitch any other ideas of how DPC might support their current and emerging needs and requirements.
  • 1630-1700: Review of actions and proposals from Session Three.
  • 1700: Close

This event will be followed by an evening reception for the UNESCO Memory of the World Programme.

How to Register

This event is for DPC members only. One representative is welcome from each Full and Associate member organisation. Additional places may be accommodated upon request, subject to availability. 

Registration for this event has now closed. 

Can’t make it?

This is an important meeting for the DPC and we seek feedback from all our members partly to review our performance and also to ensure that members are able to steer the Coalition over the coming years. If you can't make it, please do read the Briefing Note and share your thoughts and opinions by taking part in a brief consultation.

We will also hold a webinar to summarise outcomes of the planning day and gather additional input to the strategic plan at a date to be confirmed in the fortnight after the meeting.

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