The DPC is delighted to invite members to our annual planning day, in York on the 17th / 18th May 2012.  The Planning Day is an informal but informative opportunity for all of the Coalition, as well as our partners overseas, to contribute to the direction of the Coalition. This year the planning day has the theme of 'Assurance and Practice'. 

Please register online at:

  • Full members (ie board directors and their guests are invited to meet at 1800 on the evening of 17th May 2012 at the Grange Hotel (1 Clifton, York YO30 6AA) where dinner, bed and breakfast will be provided.  Please register but follow up by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to confirm accommodation requirements.
  • Associates and 'Allied Orgsanisations' are invited to nominate one representative each, assembling at Bedern Hall (Bartle Garth, York YO1 7AL) at 1030.  (register using the link above)
  • Personal members are invited also to assemble Bedern Hall (Bartle Garth, York YO1 7AL) at 1030.  (register using the link above)

Lunch and refreshments will be provided and the meeting will close by 1530. Please register by 11th May 2012.

In 2011, the Planning Day made a specific recommendation that the DPC should look to develop methods for capacity enhancement and repository improvement based on mutually supportive peer-review.  This could provide an independent but low-maintenance form of validation for staff who may work in isolation, and who would be sceptical or un-prepared for formal processes of certification.  This proposal was further examined by a small working party in September 2011 which discussed the benefits and risks that could accrue. The group proposed that mutually supportive relationships between members were a necessary pre-cursor to peer review, and that not all members would welcome, were ready or would benefit from peer-review.  Emerging standards of certification were noted but it was not clear whether they presented a desirable outcome or impact for members, and that even if they did it was noted that the standards were neither sufficiently mature nor was there sufficient capacity or desire to creat a certification service in digital preservation yet.  However, it was argued, a form of peer-support could go one to form the basis of peer-review and would be useful preparation to certification in due course should members seek this. 

These aspirations for the DPC to provide help in 'assurance and practice' were incorporated as a strategic objective in the DPC Strategic Plan 2012-15, without specifying the mechanisms or processes that would deliver them.  Therefore, the purpose of this planning day is to bring the whole DPC together to review and agree a set of proposals on how best to provide assurance - and on-going improvement - in digital preservation practice for members.

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