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What I Wish I Knew Before I Started - DPC Student Conference 2018

Event Description The DPC, with support from CoSector at the University of London, the ARA, IRMS, Arkivum, Preservica, and Mirror Web, is pleased to invite students, researchers and new professionals in archives, records management and librarianship to a one day conference on practical workplace skills in digital preservation. This conference will bring a select group of leading practitioners together with the next generation of archivists, records managers and librarians to discuss the...

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Good Practice Takes Practice: Certification and Accreditation for Digital Preservation

Introduction Digital preservation seems more like a journey than a destination.  As technology changes so the processes and tools of effective preservation need to adapt and so good practice remains provisional: more accurately identified as a commitment to constant improvement than a single steady state.  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...

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Significance & Authenticity: A Briefing

The DPC and Tate invite you to join us for a briefing on applying the principles of significance and authenticity to digital objects. The event provides a forum for practitioners from different backgrounds to explore and exchange approaches and methods. 

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Aye Preserve - Digital Preservation in the West of Scotland

The University of Glasgow and the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) welcome you to celebrate International Digital Preservation Day at Aye Preserve on the 30 November. At the end of the session, the DPC will announce the 'Bit List' of Digitally Endangered Species. Aye Preserve brings together individuals undertaking digital preservation in the west of Scotland and wider afield. The half-day event provides an occasion to discuss challenges and solutions and to share experiences across a...

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Making Progress with Digital Preservation 2017 - Cardiff

Introduction Digital preservation - representing all the activities necessary to ensure that digital objects and data can be found, accessed and deployed beyond the limits of technological obsolescence, media failure or creator dependency - is a growing challenge for agencies and individuals in all kinds of contexts. Our generation has invested as never before in digital resources and we've done so because of the opportunity they bring. But digital objects are fragile: at risk of loss,...

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Preservation storage workshop at iPres 2017

Read Jaye Weatherburn's account of sessions at iPRES 2017. Jaye, who works at the University of Melbourne, attended iPRES with support from the DPC's Leadership Programme which is generously funded by our Commericial Supporters. At iPres 2017 (in September | Kyoto, Japan) I attended the Digital Preservation Storage Workshop: Exploring Preservation Storage Criteria and Distributed Digital Preservation.  I was particularly keen to attend this workshop, as in my role at...

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Making Progress with Digital Preservation 2017 - Sheffield

Introduction Digital preservation - representing all the activities necessary to ensure that digital objects and data can be found, accessed and deployed beyond the limits of technological obsolescence, media failure or creator dependency - is a growing challenge for agencies and individuals in all kinds of contexts. Our generation has invested as never before in digital resources and we've done so because of the opportunity they bring. But digital objects are fragile: at risk of loss,...

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Registration now open for ‘Significance & Authenticity: A Briefing’ in London, 15 December 2017

The Digital Preservation Coalition and Tate are delighted to open registration for 'Significance & Authenticity: A Briefing', to be held at Tate Britain in London on Friday 15th December. Members and non-members are invited to this day of presentations and practical workshops to learn from digital preservation practitioners from different backgrounds about how they apply significance and authenticity to their digital content.  Defining significance and how to guarantee authenticity...

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DPC Training Resources

The DPC runs a variety of in-person training events for its members, including the yearly 'Getting Started...' and 'Making Progress with Digital Preservation Series. This page provides access to the training resources for courses offered by the DPC. Visit the DPC Events page to find and register for upcoming courses Getting Started with Digital Preservation 'Getting Started with Digital Preservation' introduces delegates to common digitial preservation concepts and issues before walking...

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Making Progress with Digital Preservation 2017 - London

Introduction Digital preservation - representing all the activities necessary to ensure that digital objects and data can be found, accessed and deployed beyond the limits of technological obsolescence, media failure or creator dependency - is a growing challenge for agencies and individuals in all kinds of contexts. Our generation has invested as never before in digital resources and we've done so because of the opportunity they bring. But digital objects are fragile: at risk of loss,...

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Acquisition and Appraisal at iPres2017

Read Jaye Weatherburn's account of sessions on Acquisition & Appraisal at iPRES 2017. Jaye attended iPRES 2017 with support from the DPC's Leadership Programme which is generously funded by our Commericial Supporters. Thanks to a DPC Leadership Program scholarship (made possible by Commercial Supporters Arkivum, Preservica and Mirror Web) I attended iPres 2017 in Kyoto. This blog post focusses on the three presentations in the “Acquisition & Appraisal” session (Wednesday 27th...

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PASIG 2017 Oxford 11-13 September

PASIG is a place to share practical experiences, successes, pain points, and, increasingly, a forum for fostering coordination and collaboration to enable the most effective use of our resources. Join us at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History this Autumn as the international digital preservation community gathers for three days of exchange and sharing. PASIG is hosted this year by Bodleian Libraries & Digital Preservation at Oxford and Cambridge (DPOC).  About...

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Getting Started with Digital Preservation - Durham

Slides   Introduction   Bit Preservation   Characterisation   Assessing Readiness   Risk Management   Creating a Digital Asset Register    Next Steps Introduction The Digital Preservation Coalition is delighted to invite you to join them at a workshop which will equip collection managers, archivists, librarians and conservators with the skills necessary for ‘Getting Started in Digital...

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Email Preservation: How Hard Can it Be?

Introduction Email, the quintessential record of our age, is surprisingly hard to preserve.  This relatively straightforward task is an encounter with all the open challenges and operational difficulties of practical digital preservation.  Email messages go through so many processes from creation to delivery, and with so many variations of attachment, that they can be technically hard to capture; they contain any amount of personal and sensitive data wrapping them in legal and...

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Preserve to Innovate: De-brief on Web Archiving Week 2017 in London

  From the 12th to the 16th June, the member institutions of IIPC and researchers from a surprising array of backgrounds gathered at the Senate House in London for Web Archiving Week – an amalgamation of the Archives Unleashed hackathon, the annual IIPC conference, and the ReSAW Conference. The week’s activities conveyed a healthy and vibrant picture of current capture and curation practices as well as the use of archived web content for research.

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From Planning to Deployment: Digital Preservation and Organizational Change

Introduction High-performing and tightly integrated organisations can sometimes suffer from inertia, even when processes are well understood and benefits or risks are immediate.  So given that digital preservation processes are sometimes poorly understood and benefits or risks deferred, it’s perhaps not a surprise that making progress in digital preservation can seem hard. Historically the lack of tools was a significant constraint to digital preservation: but as new tools and...

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Halcyon On and On: Emulating to Preserve

Emulation has steadily grown in acceptance as a key tool in ensuring access to digital data. It's strength lies in recreating some of the original context in which digital data was first created and accessed and its ideal for addressing complex interactive content. But it's also seen as a complicated, technical and often confusing approach. So what is emulation? How does it work? How can you put it into practice? And where will this technology take us in the future? The Digital Preservation...

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Chicken and the Egg: Applying Digital Preservation Approaches to Social Media at DPASSH 2017

 On the 14th June, DPASSH commences its second conference addressing the issues of digital preservation and the Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities. I look forward to taking part and giving a paper on the application of some hard-earned best practice in digital preservation to social media research and heritage collections.

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A Proud Agent of Change: What I Learned at the Information and Records Management Society (IRMS) Conference 2017

In case you missed the excitement on Twitter, the Information and Records Management Society (IRMS) held their annual conference this week in Glasgow (very thoughtful of them to bring this powerhouse international conference right to DPC’s doorstep)!

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Getting Started with Digital Preservation - London

Slides   Introduction   Bit Preservation   Characterisation   Assessing Readiness   Risk Management   Creating a Digital Asset Register    Next Steps Introduction The Digital Preservation Coalition is delighted to invite you to join them at a workshop which will equip collection managers, archivists, librarians and conservators with the skills necessary for ‘Getting Started in Digital...

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