SPRUCE Project - new initiative to support digital preservation

Added on 17 January 2012

Leeds University Library is delighted to announce the launch of the Sustainable PReservation Using Community Engagement (SPRUCE) project. SPRUCE will inspire, guide, support and enable HE, FE and cultural institutions to address digital preservation gaps; and to use the knowledge gathered from that activity to articulate a compelling business case for digital preservation.

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Member consultation on Technology Watch Report on Preservation, Trust and access to Ejournals

Added on 6 January 2012

The DPC and Neil Beagrie are delighted to invite comments from members on a draft outline of our planned Technology Watch Report on 'Preservation, Trust, and Continuing Access.  This report will examine preservation of eJournals and the services that support them.  It will consider how standards and workflows have been established in this sector and what this might mean for the wider community.

Comments are welcomed by email to by the end of the first week in February.  Members interested in this topic may also be interested in a forthcoming briefing day on 31st Jan 2012 which will examine the same issues.

The draft outline is available online for members - pdf login required.

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Deadline for Scholarship Applications for Digital Futures Academy: 9th January

Added on 3 January 2012

The deadline is approaching for DPC members to apply for scholarships to attend the Digital Futures Academy in London in March.

The Digital Preservation Coalition is offering four fully-funded scholarships to attend the Digital Futures Academy at the British Library, between the 19th and 23rd March 2012. Led by experts of international renown, Digital Futures focuses on the creation, delivery and preservation of digital resources from cultural and memory institutions. Lasting five days, Digital Futures is aimed at managers and other practitioners from the library, museum, heritage and cultural sectors looking to understand the strategic and management issues of developing digital resources from digitization to delivery. Digital Futures is operated and organised by the King’s College London and normally costs 975 per person. DPC scholarships meet the tuition fees for the course.  The deadline for applications is 1200 on Monday 9th January.

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Happy Christmas from DPC - Office closed till 3rd Jan 2012

Added on 24 December 2011

The DPC wishes you a Happy Christmas and New Year. Our offices are closed till the 3rd January and we may not be able to reply to email or phone calls before then. 

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Preserving Email: Technology Watch Report preview for members

Added on 21 December 2011

DPC is delighted to offer members a preview of our latest Technology Watch Report ‘Preserving Email’, written by Chris Prom of the University of Illinois.
DPC Technology Watch Reports identify, delineate, monitor and address topics that have major bearing on ensuring our collected digital memory will be available tomorrow.  They provide an advanced introduction in order to support those charged with ensuring a robust digital memory and they are of general interest to a wide and international audience with interests in computing, information management, collections management and technology.  The reports are commissioned after consultation with members; they are written by experts; and they are thoroughly scrutinised by peers before being released.  The reports are informed, current, concise and balanced and they lower the barriers to participation in digital preservation. The reports are a distinctive and lasting contribution to the dissemination of good practice in digital preservation. ‘Preserving Email’ is the first Technology Watch Report to be published by the DPC in association with Charles Beagrie Ltd. Neil Beagrie, Director of Consultancy at Charles Beagrie Ltd, was commissioned to act as principal investigator and managing editor of the series in 2011.  The managing editor has been further supported by an Editorial Board drawn from DPC members and peer reviewers who have commented on the text prior to release.  The Editorial Board comprises William Kilbride (Chair), Neil Beagrie (Series Editor), Janet Delve (University of Portsmouth), Tim Keefe (Trinity College Dublin), Andrew McHugh (University of Glasgow), Dave Thompson (Wellcome Library).

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New Wiki for DROID Consultation

Added on 21 December 2011

Following the successful consultation event held in conjunction with the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC), The National Archives have now taken the feedback and wrapped it into a wiki at:

The project team have taken the tweets and feedback from the feedback forms at the event and tried to represent them as requirements. As mentioned on the front page of the wiki this is very much like a wish list and while we can’t promise everything requested will appear in DROID 7 we do hope the resource will guide that development and beyond, so perhaps for minor releases and then potentially DROIDs 8 and 9.

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London School of Economics joins the Digital Preservation Coalition

Added on 13 December 2011

DPC is delighted to welcome the London School of Economics as its newest member.

‘LSE Library has been developing its digital preservation capacity for around two years - since initial planning and making the business case’, explained Ed Fay. ‘We have already made use of the events programme offered by the DPC to train members of our specialist team. Now that our preservation capacity is moving from development to operation we enter a new phase of activity.’

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Trust and E-Journals Briefing, London 31st January: Priority Registration for Members Now Open

Added on 9 December 2011

DPC is inviting members to a briefing day on the topic of ‘Trust and E-journals’ at the Wellcome Library, Euston Road, London on 31st January 2012:

Perhaps the most advanced part of the digital preservation community, the E-Journal sector has growing experience in fixing technical challenges and is supported by a well-developed - if complicated and at times dysfunctional - value chain that connects authors, publishers, sellers, purchasers and consumers.

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TIMBUS Consultation on Business Continuity and Digital Preservation

Added on 8 December 2011

The DPC is consulting its members and the wider community on the TIMBUS project.  This project builds on and extends existing research and experience in risk management and business continuity management on the one hand, and digital preservation on the other, aligning these complementary approaches.  It is a strategic project co-funded by the European Union and it brings together expertise from across Europe from industry partners, SMEs and research partners. 

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What I wish I knew before I started: DPC Student Conference Jan 24th, London

Added on 6 December 2011

The DPC and the Archives and Records Association are pleased to invite students and researchers in archives, records management and librarianship to a half day conference on practical workplace skills in digital preservation.  Hosted by University College London, and organised in partnership with the University of Aberystwyth and the University of Dundee, this mini-conference will bring a select group of leading practitioners together with the next generation of archivists, records managers and ibrarians to discuss the challenges of digital collections management and digital preservation. 

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