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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year (office closed)

Added on 24 December 2009

DPC wishes a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all our members, friends and allies.  Note that the office will be closed between lunchtime on 23rd December and 0900 on 4th January.  Staff may collect email intermittently

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New Website Released

Added on 23 December 2009

The DPC has comprehensively updated and renewed its website - our first major makeover since being set up in 2001.  The new site allows members to log in and edit content directly, and it uses Web 2.0 technology to draw content from remote sources.  Based on the open source content management system JOOMLA, the new site was built for the DPC by Cybermedia

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Dates Confirmed for Digital preservation Roadshow in Aberystwyth (22/1/10 and Cardiff (15/02/10)

Added on 21 December 2009

The DPC, Society of Archivists and CyMAL are pleased to announce the next (and final) stops for the Digital Preservation Roadshow - the National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth on 22/1/10) and Glamorgan Archives in Cardiff (15/02/10). For details including programme and registration, see the booking form on the Welsh Assembly Government website.

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DPC - Planets Workshop February 2010

Added on 19 December 2009

DPC members have a free priority booking for day one of Digital Preservation the Planets Way in London on 9th Feb (normal price 95 Euros) and a discount for days two and three (DPC price 145 Euros, normally 199Euros). For more details see the attached announcement.

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The Content Strategist as Digital Curator (from OCLC)

Added on 8 December 2009

A List Apart, December 8, 2009 

SUMMARY: Feeding the Web. Our Web sites are important assets and curating them is an essential part of our overall organizational strategy. Balancing timely and timeless content, using analytics to better understand users' needs and managing the conversation flow are the building blocks for success in any business. Read on for more reasons not to skimp on Web site management when it's budget time.

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Short-Term Memory and Web Usability (from OCLC)

Added on 7 December 2009

Jakob Nielsen's Alertbox, December 7, 2009

SUMMARY: "Designing for cavemen." That's how Nielsen describes his approach toward Web design that takes into account human limitations in short-term memory (for instance, the average human brain can hold only seven chunks of information at a time and these fade from memory within 20 seconds). Check out the article for some suggestions on how to create menus that are manageable (too short is almost as bad as too long) and create a common sense Web navigation strategy that makes the most of those precious 20 seconds.

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DPC Leadership Programme funds six member scholarships for Digital Preservation Training Programme

Added on 14 October 2009

The Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) has awarded six scholarships so that members can attend the Digital Preservation Training Programme (DPTP) in London in October.

‘We wrote to our members in August offering three scholarships that meet the costs of attendance at the next session of the programme’, explained Bruno Longmore, Chair of the DPC.  ‘The judging panel was so impressed by the scale and quality of the response that they asked if we could extend the number of grants available. Given the clear evidence of demand and given how hard it can be to find other sources of support we decided to take the unusual step of funding three additional places.’

The following were selected by a small panel of judges which met to review the unexpectedly large number of applications submitted:

  • Joy Ardill of the Public Records Office of Northern Ireland
  • Ceri Forster of the Society of Archivists working in the Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester
  • Polly Parry of the Natural History Museum
  • Sarah Philips of RLUK working in Cardiff University
  • Anusha Ranganathan of Oxford University Library Service
  • Shane Start of the British Library
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News from our partners

Added on 1 October 2009

The DPC is not responsible for the content of remote websites. If you are a DPC member and would like to syndicate content to this page please contact us.

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English Heritage

Added on 29 September 2009

We are delighted to announce that English Heritage has become the latest organisation to join the Digital Preservation Coalition as an associate member.

English Heritage is the lead body for the conservation of England’s historic environment. The research and documentation which EH carries out and which it funds in the wider sector to support this remit is increasingly created and disseminated in digital formats, sometimes using techniques which are at the cutting edge of new technologies. It is crucial that this work remains accessible to future generations so that it can continue to inform understanding and management of the historic environment.

Mike Evans, Head of Archives for the English Heritage National Monuments Record, explained, 'Over 18.5 Tb of data is held by the National Monuments Record and very large volumes of data collected or funded by EH are held on local servers or curated by third parties.

'In an era in which the study and the management of the past around us depends more and more on digital tools and communication, we believe that the work of the Coalition and its members can help EH make a real contribution to safeguarding the collective memory of the historic environment sector

'We're very pleased to be joining the Digital Preservation Coalition.'

Bruno Longmore, Acting Chair of the DPC and Head of Government for the National Archives of Scotland, welcomed English Heritage to the coalition.

'Our members represent very diverse agencies, in public and professional practice. This is not surprising: the challenge of long term and reliable access to data is one that many organisations face. By joining, English Heritage have not only got access to the resources and support of the coalition to help face that challenge, but they have also clearly signalled that they are serious about working to resolve this challenge.'

Full List of Members

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English Heritage Joins DPC

Added on 29 September 2009

We are delighted to announce that English Heritage has become the latest organisation to join the Digital Preservation Coalition as an associate member.

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