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Created on Thursday, 16 October 2014 14:16

The DPC’s current strategic plan runs out in December 2014. Many members have already contributed to consultations and drafts of the new plan which will replace it in January 2015. Formally the plan will be presented at a Board Meeting in London on the 17th November and immediately afterwards at the Annual General Meeting where members will have the chance to endorse it. Before then, members have a final opportunity for comments and corrections.  The Draft DPC Strategic Plan 2015-8 is now available online (login required). Comments are welcome from members by 1700 on 30th October.


4C and DPC 'Investing in Opportunity' Conference - Final Programme and extra places announced

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Dr. Francine Berman of the Research Data Alliance and Dr. David Rosenthal of Stanford University’s LOCKSS Program head up the final programme of speakers for the upcoming ‘Investing in Opportunity’ conference on 17th – 18th November, which has been announced this week.

Presenting the keynote session on day one and opening the conference, Fran is the Hamilton Distinguished Professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a leader in digital data preservation and cyber-infrastructure. Drawing particularly from her experiences as co-Chair of the ‘’Blue Ribbon Task Force on Sustainable Digital Preservation and Access’’ which has informed a great deal of the 4C ‘Collaboration to Clarify the Costs of Curation’ project’s work, Fran is the perfect choice to introduce the day’s sessions which focus on the sustainability of digital curation.

David will present the keynote session for the conference on day two. Speaking about economic models for long-term storage, David’s interests ideally complement and set the scene for the rest of the day, introducing the 4C Project’s ‘Curation Costs Exchange,’ as well as a forward look to the future and challenges in planning and policy.

With just one month remaining until the event, a further 25 places have been released and are available on a first come first served basis. 'Investing in Opportunity' is a free conference but places are limited so booking is essential. If you book a place and can't attend, please let us know no later than 14 days before the event, otherwise we will charge you a non-attendance fee of £150.00.

Brought to you by the 4C project and the DPC (Digital Preservation Coalition), the conference will compare the strategic economic aspirations of funders and policy makers against the practical experience of digital preservation, including perspectives from practitioners, vendors and users of digital preservation services.  It will identify emerging best practice and will provide a forum for needs and practical requirements to be articulated. 

Participants will be invited to review key 4C Project deliverables, considering the implications of these resources and providing the opportunity to shape these to suit community needs before they are submitted to the European Commission.  In particular participants will have a final chance to influence the soon to be published Digital Curation Roadmap.

Find the final programme with full speaker listing, and to register for the ‘Investing in Opportunity’ conference on the Events page of the DPC website.

For the latest ‘Investing in Opportunity’ Conference news follow @4c_project on Twitter or search #IIO2014.


Archiving 2015: call for papers issued

Created on Thursday, 16 October 2014 07:00

The Society for Imaging Science and Technology is pleased to announce the release of the call for papers for Archiving 2015. The conference is to be held the week of May 18th at the Getty Center in Los Angeles, California.

The IS&T Archiving Conference brings together a unique community of imaging novices and experts from libraries, archives, records management, and information technology institutions to discuss and explore the expanding field of digital archiving and preservation. Attendees from around the world represent industry, academia, governments, and cultural heritage institutions. The conference presents the latest research results on archiving, provides a forum to explore new strategies and policies, and reports on successful projects that can serve as benchmarks in the field. Archiving 2015 is a blend of short courses, invited focal papers, keynote talks, and refereed oral and interactive display presentations.  Digital Preservation remains an important them for the conference.

For more details see: http://www.imaging.org/ist/Conferences/archiving/Archiving2015_Call_for_Papers.pdf


DPC Offers Scholarships for the Digital Preservation Training Programme, Nov and Dec 2014

Created on Tuesday, 14 October 2014 12:25

The Digital Preservation Coalition is pleased to offer four fully funded scholarships to attend the upcoming 2014 instances of ULCC’s Digital Preservation Training Programme at Senate House, University of London, London; and at the Wellcome Library, London.

he Digital Preservation Training Programme (DPTP) is designed for all those working in institutional information management who are grappling with fundamental issues of digital preservation. It has recently been redesigned and is now offered as two separate courses: an introductory course and an intermediate course.

Reflecting this new structure the DPC will be offering two scholarships for DPTP: An Introduction to Digital Preservation, 24th-25th November 2014, and two scholarships for the intermediate course DPTP: The Practice of Digital Preservation, 9th-11th December 2014.

The Introduction to Digital Preservation is a two day long, entry-level course aimed at complete beginners who wish to learn more about the field. It is ideal for starters in all disciplines who want to know more about digital preservation. The course is a starting point. It complements the regular Digital Preservation Coalition Event Getting Started in Digital Preservation, and has been devised in full co-operation with the DPC. It provides a grounding in the subject area, including basic knowledge of the range of issues that shape developments in digital preservation.

The Practice of Digital Preservation is aimed at those practitioners who are already working in digital preservation and who wish to broaden their working knowledge of the field. It is ideal for practitioners in all sectors who want to know more about applying practices in their day-to-day work. This practitioner course builds on and complements the Introduction to Digital Preservation. Students who attend are expected to be familiar with the OAIS Model, its concepts, and its terminology. It also aims to give students confidence in continuing to maintain their own current awareness afterwards through further reading, future professional development training and continuing to develop their own practical skills through their own continued experience of engaging with digital preservation.

See the attached announcement giving details of this programme or visit the ULCC/ DPTP website for details of the course. Please use the scholarship application form when applying for this grant.


PASIG 2014: Event Notes Now Available

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Created on Thursday, 09 October 2014 10:00

Angela Dappert represented the DPC and the TIMBUS project at PASIG 2014, 15-18 September 2014, Karlsruhe. PASIG is the Preservation and Archiving Special Interest Group is a vendor independent community interested in learning and sharing practical experiences in the following:

  • Comparison of high-level OAIS architectures, services-oriented architecture work, and use cases
  • Sharing of best practices and software code
  • Cooperation on standard, open, 'in-a-box' solutions around repository technologies
  • Review of storage architectures and trends and their relation to preservation and archiving architectures and eResearch data set management
  • Discussion of the uses of commercial third party and community-developed solutions

Angela presented a summary of the TIMBUS methodology and tools and participated on a panel on the preservation of complex digital objects, in particular databases and processes. To access her informal notes, and to see the full list of conference and workshop reports see the Conference Notes and Meeting Reports section of the Members' Area (login Required).


Current Trends and Future Directions for Digital Imaging in Libraries and Archives: final programme announced

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Robert Buckley of the National Archives of the UAE heads up the final programme of speakers for the upcoming ‘Current Trends and Future Directions for Digital Imaging in Libraries and Archives’ conference at the Wellcome Trust on 10th November, which has been announced today.

Providing his ‘Contemporary View of Image Formats for Libraries and Archives,’ Robert will set the scene for the rest of the day and introduce issues of validation, compression and preservation, which have each become more important in image management as collections grow in size and complexity. 

The one-day conference will bring together a range of specialist practitioners with experience of JP2K for digital libraries and digital archives, and will shed light on current and emerging practice and will enable a debate about future directions.

Visit the DPC website for the final programme with full speaker listing and to register for the ‘Current Trends and Future Directions for Digital Imaging in Libraries and Archives’ conference.

Places are strictly limited and should be booked in advance. If you book a place and can't attend, please let us know no later than 14 days before the event, otherwise we will charge you a non-attendance fee of £30.00, to cover the cost of your place.


Future-proof AV content for education and research: Presto4U workshop, 6-7th November 2014

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Organised by the Department of Digital Humanities at King’s College London in collaboration with the University of Venice IUAV and Italian broadcaster RAI, ‘Future-proof AV content for education and research’ covers the main issues and challenges surrounding the digital preservation of audiovisual content in the academic domain. The 2 half day Presto4U workshop will take place on 6th - 7th November at IUAV University of Venice & RAI, Venice, Italy

This free workshop will bring together two of the emerging Communities of Practice identified within the Presto4U project, Learning & Teaching repositories and Research & Scientific Collections. Presenting a series of case studies and talks from experts within the field, including the ‘Spotlight on the Digital’ asset impact and discovery project, this Presto4U event will offer participants the opportunity to learn more about such topics as digitisation, AV formats and transcoding, metadata, as well as gaining a broader knowledge of building business justification through uses cases and workflow analysis. There will also be plenty of networking opportunities and an overview of the Presto4U project outcomes.

Find out more on the Presto Centre website.


Digital Data and Artistic Expression: Event Notes Now Available

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Sara Day Thomson attended a Digital Conversations Event at the British Library on 10 September 2014 on the topic of 'Digital Data and Artistic Expression'. The evening event series showcases innovative and topical subjects within the overarching field of digital information. This event featured a panel of scholars, artists, and practitioners who presented and discussed the conjunction of digital data and artistic expression within a wide variety of contexts. The next Digital Conversations Event - 'GLAMs Playing Nicely with the Games Industry: Using Cultural Heritage Collections to Inspire Videogame Creation' - will be held on Monday 8 December 2014. Sara has provided informal notes from 'Digital Data and Artistic Expression' which are available to DPC members interested in the topic. To access her notes, and to see the full list of conference and workshop reports see the Conference Notes and Meeting Reports section of the Members' Area (login Required).


Digital Preservation Handbook: survey results and outline contents published

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The DPC and Charles Beagrie Ltd are delighted to announce the release two important documents which will form the foundations of the new edition of the DPC Digital Preservation Handbook: the results of a major survey into audience needs, and the first full outline of content. 

'We are very keen to make sure that the new edition of the handbook fits with people's actual needs so we were very encouraged by the substantial response to the consultation document which we sent out before summer' explained Neil Beagrie who is editor of the new edition of the handbook. 'We estimate that the digital preservation community numbers around 1500 people in total: and there were 285 response to the survey.'

'It a very large sample of the community but it's also reassuringly diverse.  There's a strong representation from higher education and public sector agencies but there's also a sizeable group from industry, from charities as well as museums and community interest groups.  When asked if they would use the handbook, not a single respondent said no.'

'The survey has directly informed the contents of the new handbook', explained William Kilbride, Executive Director of the DPC.  'We started with an idea of the gaps and the many parts that had become outdated since the original handbook was published.  So we invited users to tell us what they wanted and how they wanted it - both in terms of content and presentation.  The project team has responded thoughtfully to these requests so I am confident that the resulting content outline is tailored to people's needs. Even so, we remain open to suggestions and comments'

'This will help ensure that the handbook remains relevant for many years to come.'


Vacancy at the Parliamentary Archives: Head of Preservation & Access

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Head of Preservation & Access
Location: London
Position Type: Permanent, Full time
Salary: £47,636 - £60,824 per annum
Closing Date: 17 October 2014

Would you like to lead preservation and access at the Parliamentary Archives in London?

This is a rare and exciting opportunity to lead the development and management of preservation and online access at a major national archive, with a particular emphasis on developing innovative digital services for users. The Preservation & Access team of 10 staff brings together responsibility for preservation of records in all forms, their cataloguing and digitisation, disaster planning, and the provision of online access to records, finding aids and other services. Key strategic priorities for the team include building an expanding range of innovative online services for users, the future development of our archives management system, embedding digital preservation as business-as-usual and expanding the range of digital records to be ingested, and continuing to develop our exemplary collection care service and digitisation programme.

You will be an experienced information management professional, with excellent leadership skills and proven experience of improving online access to archival information, underpinned by a high level of familiarity with major development trends in ICT, and the ability to innovate and act as an ‘intelligent client’ for the Archives. You will be familiar with the full range of activities in the Preservation & Access portfolio, with proven experience of managing teams or projects to support strategic aims in at least one area. You will have excellent communication, interpersonal and influencing skills, and experience of leading or participating in project or programme boards and developing successful business cases.

For more details see the vacancy notice, job description and application form at: http://www.parliament.uk/about/working/jobs/

For an informal chat, please contact Adrian Brown on +44 (0) 20 7219 3071 or at brownad [at] parliament.uk


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