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Digital Preservation Awards 2014
Access the Webcast of the 2014 Digital Preservation Awards Ceremony (17th November 2014, 18:45)
The DPC is delighted to introduce the finalists for the Digital Preservation Awards 2014.
Created in 2004 to raise awareness about digital preservation, the Digital Preservation Awards are the most prominent celebration of achievement for those pe ople and organisations that have made significant and innovative contributions to ensuring our digital memory is accessible tomorrow. ‘In its early years, the Digital Preservation Award was a niche category in the Conservation Awards’, explained Laura Mitchell, chair of the DPC. ‘But year on year the judges have been impressed by the increasing quality, range and number of nominations.’
‘I’m delighted to report that, once again, we have had a record number of applications which demonstrate an incredible depth of insight and subtlety in approach to the thorny question of how to make our digital memory accessible tomorrow.’
In 2014 the judges have shortlisted thirteen projects in four categories for the Digital Preservation Awards 2014:
The OPF Award for Research and Innovation which recognises excellence in practical research and innovation activities.
- Jpylyzer by the KB (Royal Library of the Netherlands) and partners
- The SPRUCE Project by The University of Leeds and partners
- bwFLA Functional Long Term Archiving and Access by the University of Freiburg and partners
The NCDD Award for Teaching and Communications, recognising excellence in outreach, training and advocacy.
- Practical Digital Preservation: a how to guide for organizations of any size by Adrian Brown
- Skilling the Information Professional by Aberystwyth University
- Introduction to Digital Curation: An open online UCLeXtend Course by University College London
The DPC Award for the Most Distinguished Student Work in Digital Preservation, encouraging and recognising student work in digital preservation.
- Voices from a Disused Quarry by Kerry Evans, Ann MacDonald and Sarah Vaughan, University of Aberystwyth and partners
- Game Preservation in the UK by Alasdair Bachell, University of Glasgow
- Emulation v Format Conversion by Victoria Sloyan, University College London
The DPC Award for Safeguarding the Digital Legacy, which celebrates the practical application of preservation tools to protect at-risk digital objects.
- Conservation and Re-enactment of Digital Art Ready-Made, by the University of Freiburg and Rhizome
- Carcanet Press Email Archive, University of Manchester
- Inspiring Ireland, Digital Repository of Ireland and Partners
- The Cloud and the Cow, Archives and Records Council of Wales
The Digital Preservation Awards were created by the Digital Preservation Coalition to celebrate the excellence and innovation that will help to ensure our digital memory is available tomorrow.
In 2014 five awards are offered to initiatives or projects completed since the last round, i.e. between 1st August 2012 and 31st July 2014:
- The OPF Award for Research and Innovation which recognises excellence in practical research and innovation activities. The award includes a cash prize of £1000, a trophy and certificates.
- The NCDD Award for Teaching and Communications, recognising excellence in outreach, training and advocacy. The award includes a cash prize of £1000, a trophy and certificates.
- The DPC Award for the Most Distinguished Student Work in Digital Preservation, encouraging and recognising student work in digital preservation. The prize includes attendance at an international conference, a trophy and a certificate.
- The DPC Award for Safeguarding the Digital Legacy, which celebrates the practical application of preservation tools to protect at-risk digital objects. The award includes a cash prize of £1000, a trophy and certificates.
- The DPC Award for the Most Outstanding Digital Preservation Initiative in Industry, encouraging and recognising the adoption of digital preservation tools and approaches in a commercial environment. The award includes a cash prize of £1000, a trophy and certificates.
The Digital Preservation Awards promote encourage and celebrate the widest possible participation in digital preservation. The judges therefore call on everyone involved in digital preservation to help them promote, publish, discuss and disseminate the awards.The awards are open to all and are international in scope. The judging panel seeks to encourage diverse nominations so if organisations are uncertain whether their projects meet the terms of the awards they are asked to apply and allow the judges to assess them on merit. Although the application procedure is fixed, the criteria against which each nomination will be assessed are presented only for guidance. Multiple applications from the same institution are welcome and previous applicants are welcome to apply provided they can show that they meet the timeframe. A single nomination can be entered into multiple categories provided the criteria can be are fully met for each.
Application is by self-nomination and is a two stage process. Applicants must complete the nomination form (included as an appendix to this guide) and submit it by 0900 on 28th July 2014. A shortlist will be drawn up by the judging panel. Shortlisted candidates should be available to attend an interview with the judging panel scheduled for 1st October or present at a webinar with the DPC and OPF at a date to be confirmed. The awards will be presented at a gala reception in London on the evening of 17th November 2014.
The ceremony for the Digital Preservation Awards will take place on the evening of Monday 17th November, with timings as follows:
- 1830 – Doors open for DPA 2014
- 1900 – DPA 2014 ceremony
- 2000 – Drinks reception
- 2100 – Close
Click on the following links for more information on the Digital Preservation Awards:
- Award for Research and Innovation
- Award for Teaching and Communication
- Award for the Most Distinguished Student Work
- Award for Safeguarding the Digital Legacy
- Award for Most Outstanding Digital Preservation Initiative in Industry
- Schedule and Timeline
- Eligibility and Frequently Asked Questions
- How to Apply
- The Winners
- Role of Honour
- Credits and Sponsorship