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.
This new full membership means that DPC membership can be accessed by many more people within the institution and it means the University is now set to take a seat on the DPC Board. It’s a clear signal of the University’s commitment to strategic leadership in digital preservation around the world, helping set direction for the Coalition and influencing a global research and development effort. Full membership is an important statement about evolving partnership, bringing benefits across the institution and to all that collaborate with it.
'The University of Glasgow, like many large and complex enterprises, has a diverse range of digital assets and digital preservation requirements,' explained William J Nixon, Assistant Director (Digital Strategy) of the University of Glasgow Library. 'These requirements are expressed in concerns over the reproducibility and validity of our research and scholarship; the management of our own corporate memory; and our role as a custodian of the nation’s cultural and scientific creativity’
‘We have long benefited from access to DPC resources but as full members we can fully realise the work and support of the DPC within our institution and more fully play our part in helping to form the global research effort in digital preservation.’
Chair of the DPC Board and Deputy Keeper of the National Records of Scotland, Laura Mitchell says, “We are thrilled that one of our long-standing members will now take a seat on the DPC board, and help us to shape and direct the Coalition to meet the needs, now not only of a research community, but of our future digital archivists.”
Founded in 1451, the University of Glasgow is the fourth oldest university in the English-speaking world. Today it is in the top 1% of world universities and has an annual research income of more than £200M. The University is a member of the Russell Group of research-led British universities and was a founding member of Universitas 21, an international grouping of universities dedicated to setting worldwide standards for higher education. The university currently has fifteen Regius Professorships and it’s alumni include the father of economics Adam Smith, Scotland’s architect of devolution Donald Dewar and renowned physicist and engineer Lord Kelvin.