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Born in a Storm

In my last blog I briefly discussed how digital preservation came of age in turbulent times.  There was a lot going on in that post as I tried to make a link between economics and digital preservation, proposing a vital, necessary intervention that the digital preservation community should be making in some thorny but important matters of public policy. But it wasn’t an easy read.  Jenny Mitcham washed down an entire bowl of soup as I mangled three decades of economic history. ...

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Obsolescence 2.0 Digital Preservation by people, for people

On Sale at All Good Pharmacies: Eternal Life There’s a paradox that links digital preservation with medicine. Digital preservation systems are subject to the same obsolescence that they exist to guard against: and even great doctors catch colds. I believe my doctor is mortal but that doesn’t mean I reject her advice. Her advice is not intrinsically dependent on her own experience but is situated within a global, dynamic community of research and practice. The medical profession deals with the...

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Quantitative File Formats for Preservation

Last month I emailed William Kilbride at DPC with a query about file formats for quantitative data for long term preservation and, as a result of that email and the ensuing conversation, I appear to have agreed to write a blog post about the topic. Here is that blog post.

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Highlights from the E-ARK Conference

{jcomments on} Over the last three years, the partners of the E-ARK Project have worked together to develop and test specifications and tools for the creation and management of information packages for preservation. Around this work they have also been busily undertaking complementary research and resource creation, resulting in a wide variety of new and improved practical solutions for those undertaking digital preservation activities. On a crisp, cold day at the beginning of December...

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What the world needs now

{jcomments on} Inaugurations By coincidence I find myself working from home on the day a new US president is inaugurated. The coincidence: the last time an American president took office I was also working from home. Speeches and punditry burble through the kitchen radio as I hammer out a few more lines of something at the dining table. Same radio, same pundits, same table, very different presidents.   A different William too I suppose, mostly the effect of acquiring two children...

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OAIS Community

In collaboration with a number of other preservation organisations, the DPC is building a community around the sharing of experiences in using and applying preservation standards. The first of these to be addressed is the OAIS model. Visit the OAIS Community wiki for more information.

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Recording of Anthea Seles' 'OAIS: its limitations and (how) can they be fixed' - now available online

The recording of the latest DPC webinar with Dr Anthea Seles, Digital Transfer Manager at The National Archives, is now available for members to view online. In the webinar Anthea explores the standard, its origins and its strengths and weaknesses along with allied standards such as Trusted Repository Audit and Certification. She goes on to describe the processes involved in standards review and how the wider digital preservation community can participate in the reform of its core standard.

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PREMIS and METS: (almost) everything you wanted to know about Preservation Metadata

It has long been recognised that competent documentation is a critical component to the deployment of data.  The problem is brought into sharp focus in the long term when the creators are not available to explain their working assumptions or to elucidate codes and fixes.  Sometimes called representation information, though more widely known as preservation metadata, this essential form of documentation secures the change of custody, tracks rights holders, captures changes, delineates...

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OAIS 5 Year Review - Follow Up

DPC/DCC Workshop   Joint DCC and DPC Workshop: OAIS 5 Year Review - Follow Up (participation by invitation only) Response to CCSDS' comments on the OAIS 5 Year Review Recommendations for Update ReportA joint meeting of members of the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) and the DCC Associates Network members was held on 13 October 2006 to prepare a joint report for the 5 year review of the Open Archival Information System (OAIS) Standard. The resulting report, " OAIS Five-year review...

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Joint Digital Curation Centre / Digital Preservation Coalition Workshop for OAIS 5 Year Review

OAIS Five-year review Recommendations for update This workshop will prepare a joint comment, on behalf of members of the Digital Curation Centre Associates Network and members of the Digital Preservation Coalition, for submission to the OAIS (Open Archival Information Systems Reference Model) 5 year review. The workshop is open to members of both organisations who are familiar with details of the standard and actively implementing or preparing to implement an OAIS. In compliance with, the...

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DPC Briefing on OAIS

The DPC held a briefing day on the OAIS model on 4th April 2006 at the York Innovation Centre. The purpose of the day was to examine the model and provide an informal but in-depth look at the practical application of the Open Archival Information System [OAIS] model in various UK institutions. OAIS is a high-level reference model which describes the functions of a digital archive and has been used as a model for a number of digital archiving repositories. It is now a recognized and...

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