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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year (office closed)

Added on 24 December 2009

DPC wishes a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all our members, friends and allies.  Note that the office will be closed between lunchtime on 23rd December and 0900 on 4th January.  Staff may collect email intermittently

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Deadline approaching for prospective members at DPC/PLANET workshop

Added on 4 January 2010

The DPC is sponsoring places so that members can attend the forthcoming Planets workshop in London 9-11th February.   This offer is available for prospective members provided that they can submit their applications by Friday 8th January. More details of the workshop can be found here.

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Archaeology Data Service joins the DPC

Added on 11 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.'

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New Year - and New Chair for DPC: Richard Ovenden

Added on 11 January 2010

The DPC starts the new year with a new chair: Richard Ovenden, Associate Director and Keeper of Special Collections, Bodleian Library, University of Oxford was elected chair of the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) at our AGM in November 2009.

Founded 2001, the DPC is a not-for-profit membership organisation whose primary objective is to raise awareness of the importance of the preservation of digital material and the attendant strategic, cultural and technological issues. 

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Archaeology Data Service

Added on 11 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.'

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New Member - RCAHMS/RCAHMW joins DPC

Added on 18 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.

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RCAHMS/ RCAHMW - The SWISH Partnership

Added on 18 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.

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New Agreement between DPC and British Library Preservation Advisory Centre

Added on 19 January 2010

Preserving our digital heritage: Digital Preservation Coalition and British Library Preservation Advisory Centre join forces to build digital preservation skills

The British Library Preservation Advisory Centre and the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) signed a major new memorandum of understanding on Tuesday 19 January.

Focussing on training and skills development, the first joint initiative will be an event on the preservation of digital objects aimed at librarians, archivists and technical staff involved in the creation and care of digital content. Fostering a culture of shared responsibility for and understanding of digital content amongst those caring for library and archive materials is a goal of both organisations.

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Digital Preservation Roadshows 2009 - 2010

A series of roadshows travelle up and down the country through 2009 and 2010 to spread the key message that making a start in digital preservation does not need to be either expensive or difficult. This simple message has been delivered in eight different cities in some 80 separate presentations and to an audience of around 400 archivists and records managers. 

See a write up of the events: http://www.ariadne.ac.uk/issue62/dp-rdshw-rpt

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Digital Preservation - The Planets Way

DPC members have a free priority booking for day one of Digital Preservation the Planets Way in London on 9th Feb (normal price 95 Euros) and a discount for days two and three (DPC price 145 Euros, normally 199Euros).

DPC members are invited to nominate delegates by email not later than 12.00 noon GMT on 14th January 2010 by email to: william (at) dpconline.org

Non DPC members are invited to register directly before 2nd February 2010 online at: http://www.tcp-events.co.uk/planets2010/

For more details see the attached announcement .

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