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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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International Digital Preservation Day - 30th November 2017

About International Digital Preservation Day International Digital Preservation Day is held on the last Thursday of every November. This year, the first ever International Digital Preservation Day on 30th November 2017 will draw together individuals and institutions from across the world to celebrate the collections preserved, the access maintained and the understanding fostered by preserving digital materials. The aim of the day is to create greater awareness of digital preservation that...

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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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Here I am - advocating again……

Kirsty Lingstadt is Head of Digital Library and Deputy Director of Library and University Collections at the University of Edinburgh Well here I am writing my very first blog post. My geeky other half has been blogging since LiveJournal was a thing. (These days he has a regular column at Black Gate Magazine and often guest posts for SF author Charles Stross.) He’s always telling me I should write up some of my increasingly technical “war stories”, and I’m always responding by saying no –...

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Long Now: Longer After

I’ve been thinking about interoperability a bit recently and wondered if it might help us frame a wider discussion on how digital preservation might integrate with the wider technology landscape. My basic thesis is that digital preservation remains a niche topic and this is bad news. For all the reasons we’ve discussed before, it’s hard to get chief technology officers, let alone finance directors to invest for the sake of the long term , but if we can build digital preservation capability for...

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New preservation tools and tricks from the Dutch Digital Heritage Network

Do you work for a heritage institution and are you involved in sustainable access to digital materials? Between 2015 and 2017, the Dutch Heritage Network has delivered a series of digital preservation tools and expertise for use by digital heritage professionals like you!

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CoreTrustSeal Certification Launched

The ICSU World Data System (ICSU-WDS) and the Data Seal of Approval (DSA) are pleased to announce the launch of a new certification organization: CoreTrustSeal. The CoreTrustSeal Board offers all interested data repositories a core-level certification based on the DSA–WDS Core Trustworthy Data Repositories Requirements catalogue and procedures. CoreTrustSeal Data Repository certification replaces the DSA certification and the WDS certification of Regular Members.

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Appraising Appraisal and picking the right tool for the job

For the past few years I’ve been working as Digital Archivist in Special Collections at the University of Leeds Library, and it’s been a slow and often frustrating shuffle toward a digital preservation ‘solution’ here while we try to balance that good old three legged stool of technology, organisation and resources mentioned by Sarah Mason in a previous post. I deal with literary archives and collections which are either entirely born-digital or hybrids of paper and digital, and our...

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The Data Vanishes

It’s time to come clean: I no longer know what data is. I am looking pretty hard but I just can’t see it any more. It’s a troubling realisation for someone who has spent twenty years or so trying to preserve the stuff. But the most unsettling part is this: I don’t think it’s me who is lost. Don’t get me wrong, this is not some delayed attack of post-modern angst. I am just trying to get to the end of the day. Is it possible that, just as it was reaching a crescendo of profile, polemic and...

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Back to the Cave: Communicating the Importance of Web Archiving to Everybody Who Doesn’t Already Care about Web Archiving

      It’s entirely wrong, and it’s the road back to the cave. The way we got out of the caves and into modern civilisation is through the process of understanding and thinking. Those things were not done by gut instinct. -Professor Brian Cox   Chapter 1: Fluent in Eyebrow In keeping with the last few blog posts by William Kilbride and Sarah Higgins, I am going to share my version of the proverbial experience of explaining information profession jobs to outsiders....

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New 'Preservation with PDF/A’ Technology Watch Report released to DPC members

The Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) and Charles Beagrie Ltd are pleased to provide DPC members with a preview of the latest in the series of Technology Watch Reports. Preservation with PDF/A by Betsy A. Fanning (AIIM) provides a comprehensive review of the standard and its use, in order to help readers best ensure the integrity of their digital information. The member preview provides an opportunity for readers from member organisations to provide peer feedback and commentary. Please...

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Time to become our own profession?

William Kilbride asked us earlier this week (Born in a Storm 18 July 2017) what digital preservation professionals say when people ask us what we do. Like him I usually try to go under the radar and say I teach at a University. If pushed I say I teach digital information management – it seems a little more understandable than digital curation. Mostly this is met by a polite silence and a change of subject. Sometimes it leads to a lively discussion – especially if I personalise the message –...

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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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Getting digital preservation started

This is a joint blog post by Lizz Jennings (Research Data Librarian (Systems)) and Lizzie Richmond (University Archivist and Records Manager) The University of Bath has engaged in digital preservation activities since launching our Research Data Archive in 2015.  We outsourced bit-level preservation to Arkivum, and focused development efforts on discovery and interoperability.  Our 50th Anniversary prompted a flurry of interest in our archival materials over the past two...

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No End of History

The DPC’s ‘big data siren’ went off again last month when no less an authority than The Economist proclaimed, ‘The World’s Most Valuable Commodity is no Longer Oil But Data’. Normally a mournful foghorn warning business away from things it cannot (or will not) understand, The Economist has been quite the advocate for the digital economy over the years. But whatever your view on the ‘big data bubble’ there is little doubt about the place data occupies in the long history of the economy: indeed...

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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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JP2 and colour profile limitations: a positive conclusion and findings

At the National Library of Scotland we were finding that some colour profiles in tif files were causing errors when we tried to convert them to JP2. So a couple of weeks ago I posted a question to the DPC-Discussion list asking members for their advice on JP2 files and colour profile support.  In the end we had some great help from Johan van der Knijff, from the Koninklijke Bibliotheek (KB) in the Netherlands, who has given me permission to use a distillation of our email exchange...

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The acceptance speech I didn't give

Last week was an exciting one for us, and action packed, I’ve only really had time to pause and reflect on our achievements now. For those of you who missed it, the DPC was presented with the IRMS Innovation of the Year Award for the fantastic Digital Preservation Handbook! Turning up for the awards, I was secretly hoping we’d win one of the three – yes three – awards we’d been nominated for, but didn’t expect it at all. Over our pre-dinner glass of fizz I even asked William in jest whether...

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Recordkeeping Informatics - Monash University Workshop

IRMS Scotland, in partnership with the Digital Preservation Coalition, National Records of Scotland and Scottish Council on Archives, invites you to a free 1-day seminar on Recordkeeping Informatics, led by a renowned team of leading academics from Monash University in Australia. This is a rare opportunity for the records management community in the UK to hear directly from Barbara Reed, Frank Upward and Gillian Oliver, who are currently in the final stages of developing a new informatics...

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