Our Work

  • Ongoing Projects

    Research and development projects including E-ARK and veraPDF

  • Dedicated Support for Members

    Full members of the DPC are entitled to up to 5 days per year of dedicated support

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  • Join Us

    Become a member of the DPC and gain priority access to a whole host of information to help you and your organisation in your digital preservation work. 

  • Leadership Programme

    Discover grants and scholarships to help develop your skills and experience in digital preservation

  • Working Groups and Task Forces

    Opportunities to work in partnership with the DPC and its members

  • Digitally Endangered Species

    Find out which digital collections, types and file formats our digital preservation community thinks are most at risk, as well as those considered relatively
    safe thanks to digital preservation. 

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  • Advocacy

    Discover how we can advocate for digital preservation within your organisation and internationally

  • Collaboration

    Discover ways of collaborating with the Coalition such as Projects, Partnerships and Working Groups


Digital preservation is:

  • Planning and strategizing to sustain access to digital materials for the short, medium and long term. In an art gallery context access includes playback of files, but more importantly having the information needed to install or perform an artwork according to the artist’s concept and specifications, technological context and historical accuracy, where relevant.
  • Careful and informed appraisal and selection, Usually the materials received have been previously discussed with artists/galleries and so Conservation knows what we will receive and in which formats. Artists will sometimes supply digital files that are not relevant to a specific artwork, for instance catalogues that don’t refer to the artwork itself.
  • Processing digital materials for long term preservation and access, this includes logging files or group of files in a Collection Management System, adding or extracting technical metadata from files, creating fixity information in the form of checksums but also creating context information about how to install an artwork
  • Ongoing checking of data integrity and preservation risks, data management and administration of the digital preservation systems
  • Keeping up with changes in the shifting technological landscape, artists production techniques and display requirements and user needs through training and development,
  • Liaison with artists, curators, public, researchers, solution providers, IT departments, records managers, marketing teams, policy makers and more.
  • Maintaining the integrity of the digital versions especially if they are reproductions of museum objects
  • Documenting in detail every format migration and specific action on the digital files 
  • Adopting common criteria codified by the international community
  • Guarding the security of the digital systems and managing multiple copies of the files in order to prevent failures
  • Having in place a digital preservation policy and strategy, periodically reviewed by dedicated staff

Digital preservation is more than:

  • Digitization, Backing up, Storage.

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