The DPC’s hugely popular ‘Procuring Digital Preservation’ event is making a return on Tuesday 21st March with a Briefing Day at the National Records of Scotland, Edinburgh and the full programme has just been published.
Founder of Inforesight Limited, Marc Fresko, will introduce a packed programme by drawing from his own extensive experience to outline the procurement process as a whole and share lessons learned. Marc is a highly-experienced consultant, having provided consultancy services on information and electronic records management since 1979.
This week, PhD students Christine Cullen and Odile Dumbleton from University College Dublin are in attendance at the IDCC 2017 conference in Edinburgh with support from the DPC's Leadership Programme. Pictured right with the DPC's Executive Director, William Kilbride, the scholarship recipients are making the most of this unique opportunity to hear from and network with leading practitioners in the field of digital preservation and research data management. The opportunity to attend the conference will have a significant impact on their own research. They have already been actively contributing to Twitter coverage of the event and will be writing for the DPC blog, so keep an eye out for their posts coming soon!
The Digital Preservation Coalition is pleased to offer two scholarships to members for distance learning courses offered by the Department of Information Studies at the University of Aberystwyth, starting April 2017. These scholarships are aimed at early-career professionals or those who have recently moved into the field.
The Department of Information Studies at the University of Aberystwyth is an established leading provider of information and library studies courses, offering 25 years’ experience in delivering distance learning. Courses are intended to be flexible and student-centred with excellent academic and pastoral support. More information on their approach is available on their website: https://www.aber.ac.uk/en/dis/distance/.
Just one week after the Digital Preservation Coalition launched its new Commercial Supporter programme, Arkivum have announced their commitment to creating long-term meaningful relationships between DPC members and commercial solution providers by becoming the latest organisation to join the scheme.
The new Commercial Supporter Programme is good news for vendors, who already contribute much needed perspectives into the DPC’s discussions on an ad hoc basis; and for members by enabling much greater insight into their needs and requirements. The DPC’s Board recognises the need for an environment where solution providers and members can collaborate and learn from each other, whilst protecting the independence gained from a widely-understood vendor neutrality.
The Digital Preservation Coalition launches its new Commercial Supporter programme today, with the announcement that digital preservation specialist, Preservica, has committed to partnering with the Coalition to create long-term meaningful relationships between DPC members and commercial solution providers.
This new Commercial Supporter Programme is good news for vendors, who already contribute much needed perspectives into the DPC’s discussions on an ad hoc basis; and for members, with the programme enabling much greater insight into their needs and requirements. The DPC’s Board recognises the need for an environment where solution providers and members can collaborate and learn from each other, whilst protecting the independence gained from a widely-understood vendor neutrality.
Aye Preserve! University of Glasgow Library & DPC Kick Off New 'Glasgow Preserves' Group 27 February
How can we make sure we can access our important digital data in the future? The challenge of managing and preserving all this digital ‘stuff’ affects us all. Come along to the first meeting of ‘Aye Preserve’ on the 27th February. This event will provide a space for practitioners, managers, researchers, administrators, students, dabblers, and meddlers to share their experiences of preserving digital data – from archival collections to big data and anything else.
Long standing Associate Member, the Humanities Advanced Technology and Information Institute (HATII) has joined forces with the University of Glasgow Library and upgraded membership to become the latest Full Member of the DPC at the start of 2017.
With HATII joining the Coalition in 2010, ongoing collaborative initiatives with the Digital Curation Centre and Digital Preservation Europe, as well as the library’s commitment to sustaining access to digital materials, have meant that the University of Glasgow has continued to make a significant contributions to research, teaching and application of practices in Cultural Heritage, Digital Humanities and Information Management and Analysis.
We've re-designed the DPC’s website to make it simpler and easier to find the information you need to help you in your digital preservation activities and to connect you with DPC staff and members.
The DPC would like to wish a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all its members and friends, thanking you for your support in 2016. It's been a very busy year, with highlights including the launch of the 2nd edition of the Digital Preservation Handbook; the relaunch of our training series 'Getting Started' and 'Making Progress'; a new invitation to commercial supporters, the explicit encouragment of memberships outside of the UK, and a celebration of the 2016 Digital Preservation Awards.
The PREFORMA project (PREservation FORMAts for culture information/e-archives) team need your input. Please take this 20 minute survey about your instiution's file format conformity checking.
The PREFORMA project works on one of the main challenges memory institutions are facing nowadays: the long-term preservation of digital data. This issue is also important for LIBER’s community. We’re therefore collaborating with PREFORMA to encourage memory institutions to answer a PREFORMA survey on this topic.
If your memory institution is working with or is helping to refine open source tools, please share your experiences via their survey. It should take about 20 minutes to complete, and you can skip questions that are not relevant to your situation.