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Universitatsbibliothek Bern joins the Digital Preservation Coalition, 1st August 2016

The DPC is delighted to welcome the University of Bern, Switzerland as its newest associate member.

The University Library of Bern currently provides books and journals in print and electronic format as well as access to subject-specific databases. The team at Bern also aims to open its archive to the university community, incorporating access to more complex objects and formats in the digital editions it holds.

Marion Prudlo, the University of Bern’s Head of E-Library Service Centre explains why the University chose to join the Coalition. “Joining the DPC will move us forward another step towards our goal of providing a trustworthy preservation infrastructure to the university community in Bern. We are looking forward furthering our own knowledge, but to also engaging more with the digital preservation community at large.”

“We strongly believe that lasting solutions for the challenges posed by digital preservation can only be found by cooperating, exchanging information and most importantly by adopting standards and best practices. The DPC does this by providing current and authoritative solutions.”

“We are absolutely thrilled to welcome the University of Bern to the coalition,” says Chair of the DPC and Deputy Keeper of the Records of Scotland, Laura Mitchell. “It is wonderful to see more and more organisations recognising the benefits of collaborating to resolve digital preservation challenges, a challenge we share around the world.”

The DPC helps members to deliver resilient long-term access to digital content and services, helping them to derive enduring value from digital collections. The coalition also raises awareness of the attendant strategic, cultural and technological challenges and supports members through advocacy, workforce development, capacity-building and partnership.

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European Central Bank joins the Digital Preservation Coalition, 1st April 2016

The DPC is pleased to welcome European Central Bank as its newest Full Member. Details will follow.


University College Dublin joins the Digital Preservation Coalition, 7 April 2016

The DPC is pleased to welcome University College Dublin (UCD) as its newest Associate Member. Founded one hundred and sixty years ago, UCD has continued to make a unique and substantial contribution to the creation of modern Ireland and in particular to digital services through its UCD Digital Library, the UCD Institutional Repository and the national Irish Social Science Data Archive, operated through the Library.

“Digital preservation is a key part of our digital and data lifecycle,” explains Julia Barrett, UCD’s Research Services Manager. “Investing in digital preservation enables long term access to content for our users - providing greater access and increasing overall impact.”

“We see our DPC membership as a resource for the continuing development of our digital and data collections and services,“ she adds, “and feel that being part of the DPC will ensure that we develop best practice in this fast changing area.”

Chair of the DPC Board and Deputy Keeper of the National Records of Scotland, Laura Mitchell says, “We are delighted to welcome UCD to the DPC. As the only University in Ireland offering postgraduate and continuing professional development courses in Digital Curation and Archives, we are looking forward to co-ordinating the needs of our members with developing the digital archivists of the future.”

UCD’s postgraduate courses are offered through the School of Information and Communication Studies and the School of History.

The DPC helps members to deliver resilient long-term access to digital content and services, helping them to derive enduring value from digital collections. The coalition also raises awareness of the attendant strategic, cultural and technological challenges and supports members through advocacy, workforce development, capacity-building and partnership.

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The Digital Preservation Coalition welcomes Unilever Archives and Records Management as a full member, 23rd November 2015

The DPC are delighted to announce Unilever Archives and Records Management (UARM) as its latest full member. Unilever consists of several well-known brands, including PG Tips, Lux, Persil and Marmite, all of which feature in the company archive. This internationally significant collection of business records has been recognised by The National Archives as being of a high standard and has received “Designated Status” by the Museums Libraries and Archives Council.

Claire Tunstall, Heard of Art Archives & Records Management at UARM said, “Joining the DPC will allow us to think strategically and extend our purpose of preserving and conserving the archives of Unilever, including born digital materials. We hope that by connecting with other DPC members, their expertise will help us to take active steps to prevent the creation of a digital black hole within our archive.”

“It is great news and most encouraging to see another commercial organisation join the DPC”, said Laura Mitchell, Chair of the DPC and Deputy Keeper of the Records of Scotland. “Unilever has a large volume of digital assets and are keen to tackle the digital challenge that these records present. UARM are currently working on a number of digital preservation initiatives and projects to help inform corporate strategies and secure long-term access to this data.”


The Digital Preservation Coalition welcomes a new full member, 29th October 2015

The DPC is delighted to announce that a major international humanitarian agency has joined as a full member. Membership of the DPC will assist in their aim of ensuring both reliable and long-term access to records for and about refugees and displaced people globally.

The announcement can be found here (members only, login required).


The Digital Preservation Coalition welcomes the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine as its latest associate member, 23rd October 2015

The DPC is delighted to welcome the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Libraries and Archives Service (LSHTM) as its latest associate member. The vision of LSHTM is to be a world-leading school of public and global health to address contemporary and future critical health challenges with the aim of fostering collaborations based on mutual respect and openness to share expertise throughout the UK and worldwide.

Victoria Cranna, Archivist and Records Manger said, “The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine makes a key contribution to public health research, particularly in the fight against Malaria and Ebola. We believe that it is essential for this research to remain accessible and understandable in the long-term, so that it can continue to have value to future researchers.”

William Kilbride, Executive Director of the DPC added, “We are delighted to welcome LSHTM and believe that by joining the Coalition, they will continue in their goal to gain a better understanding of how to manage their digitised and born-digital materials through collaboration with other members and beyond, thus making their collection accessible for all stakeholders.”

More information about LSHTM can be found on their website: www.lshtm.ac.uk


The Digital Preservation Coalition welcomes the British Museum as its latest associate member, 7th October 2015

Digital data exists in the British Museum in many different forms, from many different sources and for many different uses. It includes digital images registered as collection objects, photographic assets of the wider physical collection, scientific and conservation data related to the collection, and archival data amongst other things.

Laura Mitchell, chair of the DPC said “The museum sector is facing a wide variety of digital preservation issues and it is therefore great news, and very encouraging, to see the British Museum joining the DPC. This significantly increases our profile in the museum sector and I look forward to welcoming many others following the example set “.

“The Museum views the sustainable management of its digital assets as an organisational priority in attaining our larger goal of being a museum of the world for the world. This aim has been supported by the Museum’s African Rock Art Image Project which is registering some 25,000 digital photographs into the collection; a first for the Museum,” explained Glenn Cumiskey, Digital Preservation Manager at the British Museum. “We view membership of the DPC as an essential step in facilitating the capacity building necessary to enable our vision.”

‘We are delighted to welcome the British Museum to the Coalition”, said William Kilbride of the DPC. “Their appointment of a Digital Preservation Manager within the last year shows the museum’s commitment to the ongoing challenge of digital preservation. Glenn is very active within the community and I am looking forward to collaborating with him to the mutual benefit of other memory and heritage institutions as well as all DPC members.”

More information about the British Museum can be found on their website: http://www.britishmuseum.org/

More information about the Digital Preservation Coalition can be found here: http://www.dpconline.org/

To join the Digital Preservation Coalition see: http://www.dpconline.org/join-us


The Digital Preservation Coalition welcomes University of Bath as its latest associate member, 18th September 2015

The University of Bath has an excellent reputation for both teaching and research and has been ranked as the UK's top university in the Times Higher Education (THE) Student Experience Survey 2015. The Library manages and maintains a diverse collection including archival resources, historical records and other publications to support the University's teaching and research activities as well as those in the wider academic community.

Kara Jones, Head of Library Research Services at the University of Bath Library said 'One of the core activities of the Library is to provide advice, advocacy, expertise and skills training in accessing and using the available information resources, which in many cases is digital. Hopefully by joining the DPC, we can benefit from shared knowledge from other members within similar Institutions to help us meet the ongoing needs of all our library users'.

'It has been an unprecedentedly busy time at the DPC with the University of Bath becoming the third new member during the last month' noted William Kilbride, Executive Director. 'I am delighted to welcome them as our newest associate member and hope that by joining the DPC, we can collaborate with the Library to enhance access and availability to their wonderful collection of digital resources'.

More information about the University of Bath Library can be found on their website:
http://www.bath.ac.uk/library/


The Digital Preservation Coalition welcomes Grosvenor Estate as its latest associate member, 16th September 2015

The DPC is delighted to welcome the Grosvenor Estate as its latest associate member. The Grosvenor Estate is responsible for a range of activities on behalf of the Grosvenor family (headed by the Duke of Westminster) and Grosvenor Estate Trustees, in addition to the management of four rural estates in the UK.

William Kilbride, Executive Director of the Digital Preservation Coalition said “I am delighted to welcome The Grosvenor Estate as our newest associate member as it is another step towards broadening our collaboration within the business community. The Grosvenor Estate is involved in a range of activities including property management, rural land management, insurance, charitable giving, and management of a fine art collection, so these diverse elements will add to the range of expertise within our current membership base.”

Alex Hodge from the Grosvenor Estate added “As well as maintaining a historic archive collection, we also aim to ensure that digital information is preserved and accessible into the future for generations to come. We are keen to advocate the importance of digital preservation throughout our organisation and the rural estate sector.”

More information about the Grosvenor Estate can be found on their website: http://www.grosvenorestate.com/activity/family-investment-office.aspx


The Digital Preservation Coalition welcomes National Archives of Ireland as its latest associate member, 14th September 2015

The National Archives of Ireland has today joined the Digital Preservation Coalition. The DPC is an advocate and catalyst for digital preservation, enabling its members to deliver resilient long-term access to content and services, and helping them derive enduring value from digital collections. The core mission of the National Archives is to collect, manage, and preserve the public record of Ireland and ensure its long term availability as a research resource and to underpin citizens’ rights. The long term availability of the public record demonstrates transparency and accountability in the democratic process.

Speaking today, John McDonough, the Director of the National Archives noted that ‘Joining the DPC will enable the National Archives to address matters such as the capture, curation and preservation of the public record which is increasingly generated in electronic format. The National Archives will be able to leverage experience, technical knowledge and policy development from amongst the members of the DPC. Membership of the DPC will ensure the National Archives is better placed to meet the significant challenges it faces in this area.’

In joining the DPC, the National Archives along with its sister institution the National Library, in addition to Trinity College Dublin, the Royal Irish Academy, and the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland will build towards a critical mass of institutions in Ireland concerned with the growing proliferation of cultural and administrative material in digital or electronic form and the need to take steps towards its ongoing preservation and access as key components of the State’s cultural, social and administrative history.

‘We’re delighted to welcome the National Archives to the DPC’, said Laura Mitchell, chair of the DPC and Deputy Keeper of the National Records of Scotland. ‘Our generation has invested as never before in digital technologies so it falls to our great archives and libraries to ensure that future generations can enjoy, explore and exploit the vast digital legacy that we have created. But it is no easy task.

'It is a great encouragement to all of us in the digital preservation community to be joined by the National Archives in that urgent and necessary endeavour.’


The Digital Preservation Coalition welcomes the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority as its latest member, 1st July 2015

The DPC is delighted to welcome the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority as its latest full member.

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority is a non-departmental public body set up to ensure that the UK’s 17 designated civil public sector nuclear sites are decommissioned and cleaned up safely and efficiently. Managing Director of the NDA National Archives, Simon Tucker recognises the enormous challenge of maintaining access to digital resources and believes “the DPC’s expertise in long-term digital information management will bring major benefits to our information governance programme.”

William Kilbride, Executive Director of the Digital Preservation Coalition said 'I am very pleased to welcome the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority to the DPC and believe that the expertise which DPC members share can help provide solutions to some of the challenges being faced by the NDA National Archives. They have a diverse range of records and I look forward to helping them safeguard their digital legacy.‘Nuclear power is heavily regulated sector with lifecycles for data and products running to many decades. That creates urgent and important requirements for first class records management and preservation. It’s great that the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority has joined us and we hope that other regulators will follow their lead.’

Laura Mitchell, Chair of the DPC also welcomed the NDA and noted “It is wonderful to hear that the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority have a strong commitment to digital preservation and I look forward to hearing more about their new Archive facility which is being planned for Wick.”

More information about the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority can be found on their website


The Digital Preservation Coalition welcomes Loughborough University as its latest associate member, 4th June 2015

The DPC is delighted to welcome Loughborough University as its latest associate member. This new membership is also something of a milestone; Loughborough University is now the 50th member of the ever-growing Coalition. William Kilbride, Executive Director of the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) said ‘I am delighted to welcome Loughborough University as our 50th member which is an important landmark in our development and a great opportunity to celebrate our shared endeavour. Loughborough has a large volume of digital educational resources and it is wonderful to see institutions with such expertise recognising the need to collaborate on digital preservation.’

Adrienne Muir, Senior Lecturer in Publishing within the School of the Arts, English and Drama explained why Loughborough decided to join the DPC; ‘Various groups across the institution are involved in

collecting, creating, managing and providing access to digital research. These resources are for the benefit of staff and students of our institution, but there is also a desire in some cases to make digital resources more widely available. There is a need to address digital curation and preservation issues in our taught programmes, particularly in publishing and the arts. Our graduates must also have the knowledge and skills to work in a digital environment and this is increasingly reflected in our academic programmes and research training.’

‘DPC has reached a significant milestone in recruiting its 50th member, a really impressive achievement,’ noted Richard Ovenden, recently elected President of the DPC. ‘Digital preservation remains one of the major challenges of our generation. It is encouraging to hear of another important institution joining this shared effort to ensure our digital memory is accessible tomorrow’.

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The Digital Preservation Coalition welcomes the Bank of England as its latest full member, 10th February 2015

The Bank of England Archive contains over 80,000 files and individual records relating to all aspects of the history of the Bankand its work, dating from its foundation in 1694 to the present.

“As part of its mission to promote the good of the people of the United Kingdom by maintaining monetary and financial stability, the Bank of England is committed to being open and accountable,” explains Dr. Mike Anson, the Bank of England’s Archive Manager. “To underpin this transparency the Bank of England Archive collects, stores and makes available Bank records which are of business and research value.”

“Joining the DPC is an important step towards the Bank meeting the digital challenge. We hope it will give us access to specialist knowledge and advice, the experiences of other information professionals, especially those in the business field. As a member of the board, we are also looking forward to being involved in the development of digital preservation more generally.”

“It is a great pleasure to welcome the Bank of England Archives to the DPC,” said Laura Mitchell, Chair of the DPC and Deputy Keeper of the Records of Scotland. “It is very encouraging that more and more organisations from across both public and private sectors are actively working to managing this so-called ‘digital dark age’ and to see this reflected in our membership. This means that we are in an increasingly strong position to address the specific challenges faced by those organisations from within corporate environments, as well of those within the public sector.”

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The Digital Preservation Coalition welcomes the University of Sheffield Library as its latest full member, 13th January 2015

The DPC is delighted to welcome the University of Sheffield Library as its latest member.

‘This is an exciting time to be involved in Digital Preservation at the University of Sheffield’, explained Tracey Clarke, Assistant Director for Academic Services. ‘We’re in the process of recruiting a new Digital Preservation Officer and are currently tendering for systems. We’re writing a digital preservation policy, establishing a collections schedule and enhancing how we handle digital research outputs.’

‘Joining the DPC adds momentum to this important development. It raises our profile in digital preservation, lets us access know-how and gives assurance that we’re developing best practice.’

‘It’s a great pleasure to welcome Sheffield University to the DPC’, said Laura Mitchell, Chair of the DPC and Deputy Keeper of the Records of Scotland.

‘I am pleased but not surprised at how much the DPC’s membership has grown in the last few years. The benefits and opportunities which membership brings are increasingly aligned with the strategic imperative which so many institutions face in safeguarding and exploiting valuable digital resources. As a full member, Tracey and colleagues will be able to shape the work of the DPC around their own needs and have significant influence on the direction of the Coalition in the future.’


The Digital Preservation Coalition welcomes NATO as its latest full member, 9th December 2014

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The Digital Preservation Coalition welcomes the Royal Institute of British Architects as its latest associate member, 1st July 2014

The British Architectural Library of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) is the latest organisation to join the Digital Preservation Coalition

“As a library, museum and archive with complex historic analogue and digital collections, we create, ingest, preserve and make accessible digital objects as a core activity,” explains Dylan Evans, RIBA’s Head of Systems & Services. “Our particular areas of interest include preservation strategies for e-Journals, digital photographs, born digital architecture and electronic design records (CAD, BIM and 3-D files), audio visual materials and databases.”

“Joining the Digital Preservation Coalition will provide us with access to specialist resources, a unique network of peer advisors, and collaborative opportunities that are essential for the Library’s promotion, preservation and developments of its important architecture and design collections,” Dylan continues.

Executive Director of the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC), William Kilbride said, “We have worked with RIBA for many years on activities relating to the management of born-digital architecture and design records and I am delighted to welcome them to the coalition. I’m thrilled they will now benefit from new partnerships through the DPC’s specialist network of members, taking their good work forward.’

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The Digital Preservation Coalition welcomes the United Nations as its latest full member, 21st March 2014

The DPC is pleased to announce that United Nations (UN) Archives and Records Management Section joined the coalition in March this year.

“We believe it’s important for the UN to be seen to be active in digital preservation and being part of the DPC will provide the right kind support and expertise for our work to develop digital preservation capacity and capability within the UN’s Secretariat,” explains Bridget Sisk, Chief of the Archives and Records Management Section (ARMS).

ARMS acquires, preserves, and makes available material created or received during all UN business, ensuring that historically significant records are made available for a variety of research uses, including teaching purposes, legal proceedings, building plans, publications, television and radio programs.

“In addition to helping us develop new partnerships with cognate or specialist agencies, we are looking forward to expanding our understanding of approaches to digital preservation through training and briefing days, as well as garnering insights from DPC research projects like TIMBUS and 4C,” Bridget continues.

Chair of the DPC Board, Laura Mitchell said, “I am delighted to welcome the United Nations to the coalition. As an international and disparate agency, ARMS has an enormous challenge in managing huge volumes of digital data generated by operations across the globe. We look forward to working together to address the particular challenges associated with an organisation of this nature, and hope that by becoming involved in the UN’s own outreach activities we will be able to take the DPC’s message to a wider international audience.”

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The Digital Preservation Coalition welcomes the University of East London as its newest member, 10th Feb 2014

The Digital Preservation Coalition is delighted to welcome the University of East London as its latest member.

‘UEL’s Library and Learning Services manage substantial and growing collections which are of long-term value, including publication and data repositories and curated digital collections’, explained Laura Mitchell, chair of the DPC. ‘The collections are diverse in type, including digitised and born-digital materials including some 15000 images alone. The staff are committed to ensuring that these remain discoverable, authentic and useable in the long term.’

‘UEL will soon add a new research data repository to their digital infrastructure. As a university, research and teaching outputs are highly prized, so ensuring their continued availability supports the fundamental mission of the organisation.’

‘Library and Learning Services is proud to join the Digital Preservation Coalition’, said Adjoa Boateng, Head of Information Services at the University of East London. ‘It’s a sign of how committed we are to managing digital material on behalf of the University. By joining the DPC we will be joining a network dedicated to ensuring trustworthy and reliable access to objects of continuing value through technological changes.’

‘The University of East London is developing a tremendous track record for innovation in research data management and it’s wonderful that they have joined’, said William Kilbride of the DPC. ‘They are our sixth new member in as many months, which have included the Universities of Hull, Aberystwyth and Warwick as well as CyMAL and UEL’s near neighbour the Lloyds Banking Group. The challenge of long term access, and the benefits of collaboration are becoming more obvious as more institutions deal with the growing importance and scale of their digital assets.’


The Digital Preservation Coalition welcomes the University of Hull as its latest associate member, 1st February 2014

The Digital Preservation Coalition is delighted to welcome the University of Hull as its latest member.

‘Hull has made an outstanding contribution to the development of institutional repositories in the UK’, said Laura Mitchell chair of the DPC. ‘Although they have been working in digital preservation for many years, their contributions to the ground-breaking AIMS project and Hydra tools have brought them into more direct contact with the digital preservation community lately.‘

‘Perhaps the most exciting element of their work is the way that are making their institutional infrastructure available for 3rd parties.’

‘Digital preservation has become very real for us in recent years’, explained Chris Awre, Head of Information Management at the University. ‘It has implications across the our repository and our archive service as well our academic interests. It’s a whole new research field in its own right and we have been fortunate to be involved in a range of innovative explorations of how to manage and preserve digital collections.

‘Membership of the DPC will enable us to both share these insights and take our developments to the next level through collaboration with others, working together in this field through the Coalition.’

‘We’re delighted to welcome Hull to the Coalition, said William Kilbride of the DPC. ‘As well as the repository and archive services, the School of Arts and New Media are developing academic programmes in digital curation, pointing to the range of expertise that they bring.

‘They are our fourth new member in as many months. The challenges of ensuring long term access to valuable digital content, and the benefits of collaborating to ensure this, are clearly becoming evident across a range of institutions.’


The Digital Preservation Coalition welcomes Lloyds Banking Group as its latest member, 1st January 2014

The Digital Preservation Coalition is delighted to welcome Lloyds Banking Group as its newest member.

‘Lloyds Banking Group Archives represents the corporate memory of the group, taking in key records for permanent preservation,’ explains Helen Redmond-Cooper, Head of Archives & Museums at Lloyds. ‘We take in records of all formats, and the recent influx of digital material has brought about the beginnings of a digital preservation programme for the Group.

’‘We are keen to use our membership of the DPC to optimise this programme by learning about best practice in digital preservation from other coalition members,’ she adds, ‘and we particularly look forward to sharing our own interests and perspectives relating to the undertaking of digital curation activities in a corporate environment.’

Chair of the DPC, Laura Mitchell of the National Records of Scotland said, ‘We are delighted to welcome Lloyds to the DPC. As a private, financial organisation Lloyds brings a new dimension to DPC’s membership. We have much to offer each other and Lloyds’ association with DPC promises to be of great mutual benefit.’

Communications Officer, Sarah Norris also welcomed Lloyds to the DPC. ‘We are really pleased to see the private sector becoming more involved in the coalition. With Lloyds’ links to the Business Archive Council and the ARA Section for Business Archives, we hope to encourage more businesses to join the DPC and share their own interests in digital preservation.’


The Digital Preservation Coalition welcomes CyMAL as its latest associate member, 18th December 2013

The DPC is pleased to announce that the Welsh Government, through its CyMAL: Museums Archives and Libraries Wales division joined the coalition on 18th December 2013.

‘The Welsh Government is concerned with ensuring the safekeeping of Wales’ digital resources, for access now and in the future. CyMAL is the policy division which promotes and protects the culture and heritage of Wales by supporting its museums, archives and libraries,’ explains Linda Tomos, CyMAL’s Director.

‘Digital preservation is a key challenge for museums, archives and libraries in Wales,’ she continues. ‘Membership of the DPC provides us with opportunities to share knowledge and expertise and collaborate with the wider digital preservation community. By joining DPC as an Associate Member we will be better positioned to support the sector in Wales to develop its digital preservation capacity, and play an active role in this community.’

Executive Director for the DPC, William Kilbride welcomed the Welsh Government to the coalition. ‘We are delighted that the Welsh Government has joined the coalition. As our fourth Welsh member, we are really looking forward to working with CyMAL to support and develop professional standards, expertise and skills, as well as facilitating research and baseline information across this sector in Wales.’


The Digital Preservation Coalition welcomes the Modern Records Centre at the University of Warwick as its latest associate member, 5th December 2013

The Digital Preservation Coalition is delighted to welcome the Modern Records Centre at the University of Warwick as its newest member.

‘The Modern Records Centre is widely respected as a centre of excellence in archival research,’ explained William Kilbride, Executive Director of the DPC. ‘They have recently augmented their processes and procedures for digital preservation and their digital collections are growing rapidly. This will help them managing their research data, the university’s own digital archives, and also the many archives deposited from outside agencies like the Confederation of British Industry.'

‘Warwick is in some senses the spiritual home of digital preservation in the UK: two influential workshops in Warwick in the late 1990’s were influential in setting up the DPC, and the first iteration of the Digital Preservation Training Programme was held here in 2005. Explained Ben Veasey, the University of Warwick’s recently appointed Digital Preservation Officer. ‘Joining the DPC brings us back into the fold. We’re looking forward to participating in the DPC’s programme and we have significant experiences to share’

Laura Mitchell, newly elected chair of the DPC also welcomed the latest member. ‘It’s encouraging to see that the DPC continues to grow. The need to pool experience in digital preservation is clear and the value of DPC membership grows the more agencies participate. We are excited to be working with the Modern Records Centre.’


The Digital Preservation Coalition welcomes the Department of Information Studies, University of Aberystwyth as its latest associate member, 1st October 2013

The Digital Preservation Coalition is delighted to welcome the Department of Information Studies of the University of Aberystwyth at the as its newest member.

‘Aberystwyth University is an established and highly respected centre of excellence in Information Studies,’ explained William Kilbride, Executive Director of the DPC. ‘Their programmes in information skills, librarianship and archive management reaches upwards of 1000 students at any one time given their widely-regarded investment in distance learning. This is a time of real change for library and archive schools. Skills and career prospects are changing rapidly in this sector with tremendous opportunities opening up for those who innovate. ‘It’s is a clear signal that Aberystwyth University is committed to ensuring their students and researchers remain actively involved in the rapidly-growing digital preservation community.’

‘We’re delighted to formalise our relationship with the DPC through this new membership’, explained Sarah Higgins of Aberystwyth University. ‘It means we can further support our students in our post-graduate degree schemes, especially those undertaking the new MSc in Digital Curation and the more established MSc in Information Governance and Assurance.’ She continued ‘But it’s not just about the opportunities it affords our teaching and our students, it’s also about the impact we can have through the DPC: we’re really looking forward to further contributing to the work of the DPC, and collaborating with other members to improve understanding of digital preservation more generally.’

Kevin Ashley, acting chair of the DPC also welcomed the latest member. ‘The DPC has committed a lot of effort into workforce development and skills in recent years. Up till now this has primarily been about training for those already in post but we’ve always wanted to be able to help with relevant parts of the university curriculum. This latest membership – our 41st – is a strong signal that library and archive schools are interested in the sorts of opportunities that working with the DPC can bring.’

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The Digital Preservation Coalition welcomes the Library and Collections, Information Services, University of Edinburgh as its latest associate member, 5th Feb 2013

The Digital Preservation Coalition is delighted to welcome the Information Services of the University of Edinburgh at the as its newest member.

"The University of Edinburgh is a blend of an historic institution that has significant collections of diverse materials and a high-performing research intensive university'' explained John Scally, director of Library and Collections . "These present us with a changing array of digital preservation requirements - from the digitisation of physical collections to the influx of new digital data in volumes previously not seen, often with unknown preservation expectations. We have recently included digital preservation as a significant strategic theme in our forward plans and are joining the DPC to assist us in the framing of a plan to address this important area."

Richard Ovenden, chair of the Coalition, welcomed the University of Edinburgh to the DPC. ''We are delighted that they have decided to join us. Their membership will strengthen their work by giving them priority access to staff development, knowledge exchange and other leaders in the field. As well as seeking solutions, all our members bring expertise to the table: so this will strengthen the Coalition. The University of Edinburgh is our second new member since the start of 2013, a fact which underlines the demand for the mix of services which the DPC offers."


The Digital Preservation Coalition welcomes the Digital Repository of Ireland as its latest associate member, 1st Feb 2013

The Digital Preservation Coalition is delighted to welcome the Digital Repository of Ireland as its newest member.

"The Digital Repository of Ireland is building an interactive and trusted national digital repository," explained Dr. Sandra Collins, Director of the DRI. "The repository will feature social and cultural data held by Irish institutions, from both contemporary and historical sources. We are working to raise awareness of the need for digital preservation and the benefits of open access, while respecting and acknowledging ownership, copyright, intellectual property rights, privacy and confidentiality."

"Joining the DPC means we can strengthen our relationships with others working in the field, work together in advocacy and awareness-raising, and participate in training and projects that help to build capacity in our sector."

Richard Ovenden, chair of the Coalition, welcomed DRI. ''We are delighted that they have decided to join us. Their membership will strengthen their work by giving them priority access to staff development, knowledge exchange and other leaders in the field. But it will also strengthen the Coalition. In a relatively short time, DRI has established itself as a leader in the field with an ambitious mandate and a dynamic and impressive mix of staff and expertise. Moreover, the way that DRI is structured means that we will be able to engage with a wider range of stakeholders in Ireland than we’ve done before."


The Digital Preservation Coalition welcomes the Royal Museums Greenwich as its latest associate member, 2nd 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.'

Richard Ovenden, chair of the Coalition, warmly welcomed the fifth new member this year.

'Royal Museums Greenwich have first- rate collections, highly-skilled staff and progressive management so it is a particular pleasure to welcome them to the Coalition. DPC's relationships with the museum sector were previously directed through MLA, with its strategic role to support the sector. It is perhaps no surprise that - in the same month that MLA was finally wound up - a major national museum has decided to join the DPC.'

'Royal Museums Greenwich and their staff will benefit greatly from their membership. We hope that their decision encourages others to do the same.'


The Digital Preservation Coalition welcomes the University of Manchester Library as its latest associate member, 1st 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. '

'Membership of the DPC provides us with opportunities to collaborate with a range of organisations and to share knowledge and expertise. By joining DPC as an Associate Member we hope to play an active role in building up the UK's digital preservation community.'

Richard Ovenden, chair of the Coalition, welcomed this newest member. ''We're really pleased to welcome the University of Manchester Library to the Coalition: it will strengthen their work but it will also strengthen the DPC. They are the fourth major academic library to have joined the DPC in the last 12 months and it's encouraging to see such a strong commitment to digital preservation from the major research libraries.'


The Digital Preservation Coalition welcomes the Information Directorate of the University of York as its latest associate member, 6th February 2012

The Digital Preservation Coalition is delighted to welcome the Information Directorate of the University of York as its newest member.

'Accessing and preserving digital information is one of the great challenges of the 21st century,' explained Chris Webb of the University of York. 'We recognise the importance and scale of the challenge, and we're pleased to join the DPC, which is a key partnership that enables these difficult areas to be tackled for the benefit of all.'

Richard Ovenden, chair of the Coalition, welcomed this newest member. ''York University has a long association with the DPC and our main offices are on campus in Heslington. It's great that they have now joined the Coalition in their own right and we are looking forward to working with them.'

William Kilbride of the DPC also welcomed the news: 'DPC's new strategic plan has a renewed emphasis on workforce development and assurance. York University will have priority access to these activities empowering their staff and giving them a ready-made support network.'


The Digital Preservation Coalition welcomes LSE Library as its latest associate member, 1st December 2011

DPC is delighted to welcome the London School of Economics as its newest member.

‘LSE Library has been developing its digital preservation capacity for around two years - since initial planning and making the business case’, explained Ed Fay. ‘We have already made use of the events programme offered by the DPC to train members of our specialist team. Now that our preservation capacity is moving from development to operation we enter a new phase of activity.’

‘Membership of the DPC will provide crucial support as we move from innovation around technology and process to embedding skills and practice throughout the Library groups.’

‘We’re delighted to welcome LSE to the Coalition’, said William Kilbride. ‘We have worked with staff of LSE for some time and they have been strong supporters of our work. Now that they are within the Coalition they will be able to access training and publications directly and will be able to participate in our various working parties. This will help them achieve their own strategic goals but it will also be of benefit to the rest of the Coalition.’


The Digital Preservation welcomes Leeds University as its latest associate member, 16th September 2011

The University of Leeds has joined the Digital Preservation Coalition.

'Over the last few years our digital collections have grown and diversified', explained Bo Middleton of the University Library. ' They represent a considerable investment and we must move to protect these assets through active preservation.'

'We have joined the DPC because we want to be active participants in discussions of key digital preservation issues. We also recognise the benefits that will accrue from access to world class research. We are delighted to become members of the key forum for the digital preservation community which is working to develop policies and encourage the adoption of best practice.'

Richard Ovenden, chair of the Coalition, welcomed this newest member. 'Leeds University has made a significant contribution to digital preservation research over the years. Their decision to join is evidence of the growing impact of the Coalition and the recognition of the benefits of working together in this emerging field. '

William Kilbride of the DPC also welcomed the news: 'We've just launched our programme for the next 12 months which will include a new generation of technology watch reports, expert briefings on key topics like intellectual property rights, cloud storage and business continuity management. Leeds University will have priority access to these and other activities this year, empowering their staff and giving them a ready-made support network.'


The Digital Preservation Coalition welcomes Portsmouth University as its latest associate member 12th April 2011

The Digital Preservation Coalition is delighted to welcome the University of Portsmouth as its latest associate member.

'The Future Proof Computing Group at the University of Portsmouth has a track record of research and development of digital preservation through initiatives like the KEEP project (Keeping Emulation Environments Portable)' explained Dr David Anderson. 'We're about to start a new project, POCOS, funded by the JISC, on the preservation of complex objects, and have interests in topics like the sustainability of computer games technology, the history of computing, emulation, virtualization and data warehousing.

Dr Janet Delve observed 'We’re delighted to join the DPC as a way of amplifying and facilitating our research, especially for the KEEP project.'

'This is just one example of the wide range of expertise within the coalition that we’re keen to share. DPC has an impressively diverse membership: working with them will help ensure the greatest possible impact from our research.'

'Portsmouth is home to one of a small but growing number of centres where the challenges of digital preservation are being turned into advantages - so we're very excited that they've joined us', explained William Kilbride of the DPC. 'It's all too easy for research to be isolated or inward-looking. By joining the Coalition, Portsmouth acquires a large and ready-made community of users and experts in a broad range of institutions eager to test, validate and deploy the solutions that they provide. The DPC members will undoubtedly benefit from projects like KEEP - but I'm also sure that the project will benefit from engagement with the DPC too.'Richard Ovenden, chair of the DPC welcomed the news too.

'The core values of the DPC are about mutual support and lasting impact. This is an attractive proposition at tough times for researchers because of the instant network of users that it brings. The membership continues to grow which is a credit to the programme of advocacy, events and publications which the DPC manages. It's also evidence that more and more agencies are seeing the benefits of working together.'


The Digital Preservation Coalition is delighted to welcome the National Library of Ireland as its latest associate member 1st March 2011

The National Library of Ireland is the latest organisation to join the Digital Preservation Coalition, helping the Library to address the challenges and opportunities associated with long term management of digital collections.

'The core mission of the National Library of Ireland (NLI) is to collect, preserve, promote and make accessible the documentary and intellectual record of the life of Ireland,' explained Della Murphy, Assistant Keeper at NLI. 'One of our key strategic aims is the development of a digital collections policy with preservation and access infrastructure to match. By putting in place the necessary policy and infrastructure, we will maximise access to our resources, enhance and expand the services we offer, and enable users to work with the Library and Library collections in new and innovative ways.'

'The National Library of Ireland believes that working with partners in the DPC will vitally inform and support the implementation of best practice in relation to policy and infrastructural development in the area of digital preservation.'

William Kilbride, Executive Director of the DPC, welcomed the new membership. 'Digital preservation is a daunting challenge for organisations that want to ensure long term value from the collections for which they are responsible. The problem is bigger than any one agency. Collaboration is the key to efficient and successful deployment of the emerging solutions and services that will make our digital memory accessible tomorrow. Membership of the DPC gives NLI a ready-made network of peers and colleagues - all of whom share a common challenge. This will expedite their work and mean that others can benefit more immediately from the expertise that they bring.'

'It's great news that the National Library of Ireland has joined' noted Richard Ovenden, chair of the DPC. 'The coalition is growing quite quickly. NLI is the second agency to join the Coalition this year, taking our membership to thirty seven - the highest it has ever been. Agencies simply can't afford to work in isolation when faced with a shared challenge. So the opportunities for knowledge transfer, policy development and collaboration that the DPC offers have never been more attractive or necessary.'


The Digital Preservation Coalition is delighted to welcome the Metropolitan Police Service as its latest associate member, 1st Feb 2011

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The Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) is delighted to welcome the UK LOCKSS Alliance as its latest associate member, 20th December 2010

The UK LOCKSS Alliance is a co-operative organization which ensures continuing access to scholarly work over the long term. Its focus is on ensuring preservation and continuing access to electronic journals, but has interests and current research work on the preservation of all library collections, thus making it a natural fit within the DPC family.

"We're really pleased to have the UK LOCKSS Alliance as members of the Coalition," explained William Kilbride of the DPC. "They bring a distinctive and considerable degree of technical expertise into the Coalition. It strengthens our connections with academic libraries across the UK as well with the 'LOCKSS - Lots Of Copies Keep Stuff Safe' technology which was developed originally in Stanford University Library."

Adam Rusbridge of the UK LOCKSS Alliance also welcomed the news. "We are delighted to join the Digital Preservation Coalition as Associate Members. We look forward to learning from DPC members, and believe the knowledge shared will improve our ability to respond effectively to the challenges faced by the UK library community.

"We're keen to work together to coordinate an effective national strategy for at-risk scholarly material. We are also very interested in the DPC's web archiving and preservation task force, it's soon-to-be-established task force on audit and certification, and in learning about colleague's approaches to digital preservation more generally."


St Andrews University joins the DPC, 28th July 2010

The Digital Preservation Coalition is delighted to welcome St Andrews University as its latest associate member.

Birgit Plietzsch, Arts Computing Advisor at the University explained 'Most of today's information is held in a digital format. As a University we need to ensure that digital information remains accessible for as long as required. Our current focus is on the preservation of Arts and Humanities electronic resources. Such resources are often the outcome of expensive publicly funded research projects. It is in the interest of the scholarly community within the University to ensure the data contained within these resources is preserved in the long-term.'

'The DPC unites a wealth of national and international expertise in different areas of digital preservation. Through joining the DPC we look forward to integrating our efforts within the wider national context.'

'We're really delighted that St Andrews have joined us', commented William Kilbride of the DPC. 'As well as gaining access to events and working groups, their membership will help them to sustain and develop new partnerships and it will undoubtedly strengthen the coalition. St Andrews are our fifth new member since the start of the year. This rapid growth underlines the demand for digital preservation advice allied with a heightened sense of the need to work together.'


Humanities Advanced Technology and Information Institute (HATII) at Glasgow University joins the DPC, 29th June 2010

The Digital Preservation Coalition is delighted to welcome the Humanities Advanced Technology and Information Institute (HATII) at Glasgow University as its newest associate member.

Since its foundation, HATII has had a strong commitment to digital preservation and digitization. It has been involved in a large number of collaborative initiatives such as the Digital Curation Centre, the PLANETS project, Digital Preservation Europe and Erpanet.

'HATII sees new opportunities to frame its research through DPC membership as well as an opportunity to influence policy and practice', explained Ann Gow, Associate Director. 'Long term access to digital resources is an aspiration across the public and private sectors. It requires a diverse range of experience if it is to be achieved

HATII is delighted to join the DPC as an associate member. We recognise the value of partnership in this critical area and look forward to interdisciplinary collaboration with the DPC'

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Scottish Arts Council joins the Digital Preservation Coalition - 30th April 2010

The Scottish Arts Council has taken a significant step to securing a lasting legacy from Scotland's digital creativity by joining the Digital Preservation Coalition. In doing so it joins a growing number of strategic bodies and memory institutions taking steps to ensure that digital objects can be accessible to future generation.

'The Scottish Arts Council takes digital preservation seriously', explained Kate Wallace, Senior Research Officer, Scottish Arts Council. 'Preserving a digital legacy for future generations of artists, organisations and the public gives greater access and can inspire learning.'

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RCAHMS/ RCAHMW - The SWISH Partnership - 18th January 2010

The Digital Preservation Coalition is delighted to welcome as members the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland and the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales, acting jointly through the 'SWISH Partnership'.

'The Royal Commissions collect, record and interpret information on the architectural, industrial, archaeological and maritime heritage of our countries,' explained Kirsty Lingstadt of RCAHMS. 'We have been doing this for more than a hundred years so our archives are vast and continue to expand.'

'Our digital collections are growing rapidly. Between us we curate more than 300,000 digital objects totalling over 11TB and we expect this to increase by more than 50000 objects and 3TB annually. We have very diverse types of data including GIS data, vector graphics and laser scanning.

'In 2003 RCAHMS and RCAHMW established a joint venture called - SWISH (Shared Web Information Services for Heritage) to share maintenance and development costs and to create a shared vision for future enhancements of our online resources. The partnership enables us to share ideas and experiences and develop joint strategies'

'We are looking forward to working with DPC so that we can develop a trusted digital repository that will help us curate and provide access to these important and popular collections.'

Richard Ovenden, Chair of the DPC said 'Naturally I am delighted to welcome these new members to the Coalition. The organisations within the SWISH partnership have outstanding collections and a lot of experience within their staff: I expect we will learn from them as well as assisting them to achieve their own goals.'

'These latest recruits bring the membership to a new high of 32. That's very pleasing but it's not surprising. Digital preservation and issues relating to long term access to digital information can seem daunting: by working together, the Digital Preservation Coalition is developing the skills and approaches needed for our members to ensure the proper preservation of their collections, and continued services to their users.'

For more on RCAHMS and their collections see: www.rcahms.gov.uk

For more on RCAHMW and their collections see: www.rcahmw.gov.uk


Archaeology Data Service - 11th January 2010

The DPC is pleased to announce that the Archaeology Data Service at the University of York has become the latest organisation to join the coalition.

'The Archaeology Data service is a national data archive for archaeology and related disciplines in the UK', explained Prof Julian Richards, director of the ADS. 'We are the mandated archive for archaeological data for the AHRC and NERC and work closely with a variety of national agencies such as English Heritage, to ensure the long term preservation and dissemination of digital data. We currently curate more than 250 archives covering thousands of archaeological projects, as well as a wealth of digital library resources. There is a broad range of data types and several terabytes of data.'

'The DPC is the lead UK forum for the promotion of digital preservation policy and best practice. We have worked with the DPC before - although our membership was as a constituent of the former Arts and Humanities Data Service. With the demise of AHDS we see the need to be directly involved with developments at a national and cross-sectoral and cross-disciplinary level.'

Welcoming the ADS, Richard Ovenden, Chair of the DPC commented 'We're really pleased that the ADS has joined the Coalition. They have been long time supporters and have a great track record of effective action as well as leadership within their community. Participation in our activities and events will be a great benefit to them and will keep them up to date with a fast moving field. But it is also good news for the other 30 members that we'll be able to access their expertise and experience.'

For more about the Archaeology Data Service see http://ads.ahds.ac.uk


English Heritage - 29th September 2009

We are delighted to announce that English Heritage has become the latest organisation to join the Digital Preservation Coalition as an associate member.

English Heritage is the lead body for the conservation of England’s historic environment. The research and documentation which EH carries out and which it funds in the wider sector to support this remit is increasingly created and disseminated in digital formats, sometimes using techniques which are at the cutting edge of new technologies. It is crucial that this work remains accessible to future generations so that it can continue to inform understanding and management of the historic environment.

Mike Evans, Head of Archives for the English Heritage National Monuments Record, explained, 'Over 18.5 Tb of data is held by the National Monuments Record and very large volumes of data collected or funded by EH are held on local servers or curated by third parties.

'In an era in which the study and the management of the past around us depends more and more on digital tools and communication, we believe that the work of the Coalition and its members can help EH make a real contribution to safeguarding the collective memory of the historic environment sector

'We're very pleased to be joining the Digital Preservation Coalition.'

Bruno Longmore, Acting Chair of the DPC and Head of Government for the National Archives of Scotland, welcomed English Heritage to the coalition.

'Our members represent very diverse agencies, in public and professional practice. This is not surprising: the challenge of long term and reliable access to data is one that many organisations face. By joining, English Heritage have not only got access to the resources and support of the coalition to help face that challenge, but they have also clearly signalled that they are serious about working to resolve this challenge.'


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