Notes from LIBER Workshop in Digital Preservation

Added on 8 May 2012

DPC has published its informal notes from the 2nd LIBER International Workshop on Digital Preservation, held in Florence from the 7th to the 8th of May 2012.  Notes are are linked from the DPC members area of the website at: (login required).

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Deadline Approaching for DPTP Scholarships: 1200 on Friday 11th May

Added on 7 May 2012

The DPC is offering two scholarships so that members can send staff to the Digital Preservation Training Programme in London 28th-30th May. The deadline for applications is 1200 on Friday 11th May.  For more details see:

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The Digital Preservation Coalition welcomes the Royal Museums Greenwich as its latest associate member

Added on 2 May 2012

The Digital Preservation Coalition is delighted to welcome Royal Museums Greenwich as its newest member.

Richard Ferguson, Documentation Manager, Royal Museums Greenwich said 'Having the opportunity to join a community of practice which has a focus on addressing and developing greater understanding of the challenges of digital preservation is most timely.'

'We have a mission to illustrate for everyone the importance of sea, ships, time and the stars and their relationship with people through maximising access to its collections and its expertise. Developing robust and sustainable strategies, processes and infrastructure to support management, care and preservation of both collection and corporate digital assets is a core objective of our strategic plan.'

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The Digital Preservation Coalition welcomes the University of Manchester Library as its latest associate member

Added on 1 May 2012

The Digital Preservation Coalition is delighted to welcome the University of Manchester Library as its newest member.

'The University of Manchester Library has a strong interest in digital preservation at both a strategic and operational level,' explained Sandra Bracegirdle. 'We have recently carried out a significant review of our digital preservation work as we see this as a key issue for the Library. '

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New DPC Tech Watch Report: Preserving Moving Pictures and Sound

Added on 30 April 2012

The DPC, Richard Wright and Charles Beagrie Ltd are delighted to announce the release of the latest DPC Technology Watch Report ‘Preserving Moving Pictures and Sound’, written by Richard Wright, formerly of the BBC.

‘Moving image and sound content is at great risk’, explained Richard Wright.  ‘Surveys have shown that 74 per cent of professional collections are small: 5,000 hours or less. Such collections have a huge challenge if their holdings are to be preserved. About 85 per cent of sound and moving image content is still analogue, and in 2005 almost 100 per cent was still on shelves rather than being in files on mass storage. Surveys have also shown that in universities there is a major problem of material that is scattered, unidentified, undocumented and not under any form of preservation plan. These collection surveys are from Europe and North America because there is no survey of the situation in the UK, in itself a cause for concern.’

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DPC Publishes Forward Work Plan 2012-2015

Added on 26 April 2012

DPC started a new Strategic Plan for 2012-2015, which was adopted by the members at the AGM in December 2011.  The Board Meeting in March included a discussion of the Forward Work Plan for 2012-2015 which spells out key dates and actions over the same period.

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Outline of report on 'Preservation Trust and Continuing Access to E-Journals' now available

Added on 20 April 2012

The DPC and Neil Beagrie (of Charles Beagrie Ltd) are delighted to publish the outline for a new Technology Watch Report on 'Preservation, Trust and Continuing Access to E-Journals'.  This report, which will become the ninth in the popular series,will provide a guide to current developments, practical and emerging issues which organisations are facing in the area of preservation, trust and continuing access for e-journals and in addition generic lessons on issues of outsourcing and trust learnt in this field of interest to a wider community.  The report has been supported by a member briedifing day held in January and is due for completion in July 2012.

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Planning Day 18th May 2012 - 'Assurance and Practice', registration now open

Added on 18 April 2012

The DPC is delighted to invite members to our annual planning day, in York on the 17th / 18th May 2012.  The Planning Day is an informal but informative opportunity for all of the Coalition, as well as our partners overseas, to contribute to the direction of the Coalition. This year the planning day has the theme of 'Assurance and Practice'. 

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Digital Resilience and Digital Preservation London 21st May: Registration Opens for Members

Added on 10 April 2012

We are pleased to announce that online registration for members to attend our next expert briefing day on the topic of ‘Digital Preservation and Digital Resilience’ in London on the 21st May is now available:

Resilience is an increasingly important topic in the provision of digital services. Digital technology offers the prospect of ‘24/7’ services, a model which can only be sustained through constant monitoring and planning to ensure continuity of service. Increasing demands on the networks, increasing concerns about security, and increasing economic and social consequences from their failure, makes resilience a pressing concern. Business continuity planning continually refines and extends these protections to ensure that the right services are supplied to the right people at the right time.

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Happy Easter (office closed till Tuesday)

Added on 5 April 2012

The DPC offices will be closed between 1700 on Thursday 5th April to 0900 on Tuesday 10th for the Easter holiday.  We won't be checking email or answering the phones till then.  Happy Easter! 

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