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We are the first generation to exploit the opportunities of digital data. These opportunities cannot be taken for granted in the long term because we don't yet have the personal, local, national or international policies and infrastructure needed to ensure a digital legacy.  As well as providing direct help and advice, the DPC campaigns to have long term access to data taken seriously within public policy.  This section contains details of the ways we try to influence policy makers as well as resources to help you make the case.

There are four sets of resources here:

  • 'Mind The Gap' - a major report published in 2006 which explains in detail the steps the UK needs to take so that our generation can ensure a digital legacy
  • Direct Advocacy - responses to major public policy inititatives
  • Digital Preservation Awards - a biennial programme of awards where we celebrate the work of those who have contributed disproportionately to providing tools and services that will help ensure a digital legacy
  • Knowledege Base - where we publish the results of research and analysis on the changing nature of the digital preservation challenge


DPA 2014: General Provisions

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The following provisions apply across all categories of the awards:

  1. The judges’ decisions are final
  2. Any attempts to influence the judges will result in disqualification
  3. All applications must be submitted on the relevant application form
  4. The judging criteria published for each award are for guidance: the conditions are not negotiable
  5. With the exception of the student award, institutions are welcome to make multiple nominations, even if these end up in competition with each other. The judges welcome the opportunity to judge between them.
  6. Where appropriate, a nomination can be submitted against multiple categories provided a convincing case is made.
  7. The judges may change the category of a nomination.
  8. Judges may not lead applications. They must declare their interests at the start of each meeting and must leave the room during consideration of the relevant nominations.
  9. The staff of the DPC cannot apply, and contractors cannot nominate work which was initiated and funded directly by the DPC.
  10. Projects involving the DPC and DPC staff can be nominated but DPC activities must not be the reason for the nomination.
  11. The DPC will only name finalists. Nominations will remain confidential.
  12. All applicants will receive feedback.
  13. Details of finalists will be used only for the purposes of publicising the Awards. By submitting a form, applicants signify their consent to such publicity.
  14. Shortlisted candidates present poster at DPC / 4C conference 17/18th November

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