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Fund it, Solve it, Keep it

This event will help to make your digital preservation more effective by demonstrating the best community focused approaches and results from the JISC funded SPRUCE Project. You'll be hearing from the SPRUCE Team experts and from the practitioners and developers who have been tackling digital preservation challenges in targeted SPRUCE Award projects. We'll also be hearing from you, so we can take on board what you need from our future work. if you're taking your first steps in preserving...

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Preservation, Trust and Continuing Access for e-Journals

Agenda Introduce the DPC’s latest DPC Technology Watch Report on Preservation, Trust and Continuing Access to E-Journals Bring together significant leaders in the field to explore current and emerging trends in e-journal services Explore perceptions and procurement of preservation services for e-journal content Present lessons learned, problems solved, and experiences to pass on from the e-Journal community to the wider digital preservation community Who should come? This...

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Preserving Computer Aided Design (CAD)

Introduction Computer-aided design tools are widely used to assist engineers, architects, designers and cartographers to develop, represent, capture and transmit large and complex representations of the world – real and imagined. Diverse in application, a great deal of vital, valuable and irreplaceable information is stored in CAD models, from the designs of aircraft carriers and skyscrapers to records of archaeological excavations. It also means that CAD is an area of constant innovation...

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Trust and Digital Preservation

An APARSEN Training Event Organised by the Digital Preservation Coalition in association with the Digital Repository of Ireland and sponsored by the European Commission This two-day training event, organised by the DPC in association with the Digital Repository of Ireland on behalf of the APARSEN Project, will focus on the topic of ‘Trust’ in relation to the preservation of digital objects. Long established as a key issue for those engaged in digital preservation, it will examine how we...

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PREMIS and METS: (almost) everything you wanted to know about Preservation Metadata

It has long been recognised that competent documentation is a critical component to the deployment of data.  The problem is brought into sharp focus in the long term when the creators are not available to explain their working assumptions or to elucidate codes and fixes.  Sometimes called representation information, though more widely known as preservation metadata, this essential form of documentation secures the change of custody, tracks rights holders, captures changes, delineates...

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Digital Preservation with Portable Documents: a workshop to introduce and discuss the PDF/A version

Introduction The portable document format (PDF) is ubiquitous, easily-produced and is widely used in a diverse range of environments.  A variant of the standard – PDF/A in which ‘A’ stands for archive – was published in 2005.  This version of the standard, also published as ISO 19005, minimises the dependencies between the contents of a file and the system on which it is rendered.  This self-contained characteristic of PDF/A makes it particularly attractive for those...

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Collaborative Approaches to Managing File Formats – a day of action

Introduction Making sense of the contents of files – especially large numbers of files in diverse formats – is a persistent and ubiquitous challenge for those undertaking digital preservation.  Understanding how information is packaged, transmitted and processed is essential for ensuring that it can remain intelligible through time. Understanding the intricacies of files can be a daunting and intricate exasperating task, but it is also an obvious candidate for informed...

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Links that Last

Widely-distributed, highly-volatile and tightly-integrated data streams create a particular challenge for preservation. One could be forgiven for thinking that digital preservation was principally concerned with safeguarding of self-contained packets of information that may have interdependencies but which are so carefully tucked into stand-alone files that they have a sort of independence and autonomy which ensures their integrity. This has never been the case. Nonetheless recent...

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Preserving E-mail

Wellcome Collection Conference Centre London Friday 1st October 2010 This event will have a maximum capacity of 80 delegates so please mark this event in your diary now. More information on this event to follow shortly. Further news and updates including registration opening soon!

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Digital Resilience and Preservation

Resilience is an increasingly important topic in the provision of digital services. Digital technology offers the prospect of '24/7' services, a model which can only be sustained through constant monitoring and planning to ensure continuity of service. Increasing demands on the networks, increasing concerns about security, and increasing economic and social consequences from their failure, makes resilience a pressing concern. Business continuity planning continually refines and extends these...

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Business Preservation and Continuity Management

Wellcome Collection Conference Centre London Monday 21st May 2012 This event will have a maximum capacity of 40 delegates so please mark this event in your diary now. More information on this event to follow shortly. Further news and updates including registration opening soon!

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Trust and E-journals

Tools and services for digital preservation have been slow to develop and are hard to embed within organisational workflows. Many agencies and sectors report significant gaps in the infrastructure necessary to deliver lasting impact from highly prized and valuable digital resources and those charged with preservation often face complex and highly specialised issues in relative isolation. Arguably, the e-publishing sector is the exception that proves the rule. Perhaps the most advanced part of...

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The Future of File Format Identification: PRONOM and DROID User Consultation

The National Archives is proposing to launch a new phase of development of its DROID tool, and is seeking to engage with various user groups and stakeholders from the digital preservation community, government and the wider archives sector communities to help inform and discuss potential developments and user needs. As part of this process, The National Archives, in conjunction with the Digital Preservation Coalition, invites interested parties to attend a one day workshop, hosted at Kew, to...

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Intellectual Property Rights and Digital Preservation

Introduction Digital preservation helps to deliver lasting impact from highly prized and valuable digital resources. This is often understood as a technical challenge but experience shows that a poor fit between technology, processes and regulations constrains preservation actions and significantly inhibit the benefits which long-term access ought to deliver. Operating within a complicated and evolving legal and regulatory landscape, the digital preservation community needs a clear...

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Preserving Email: Directions and Perspectives

Email is arguably the most ubiquitous, inexorable and voluminous manifestation of information technology. It is a defining characteristic of our age and a critical element in all manner of communications and transactions. Industry and commerce depend upon email; families and friendships are sustained by email; government and economies rely upon email; communities are created and strengthened by email.  It is sometimes hard to remember how we functioned before the widespread adoption of...

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Digital Preservation for Forensics

As digital resources grow in scale, complexity and importance so the task of making sense of collections becomes more involved.  It can be a significant challenge to retrieve, assess and access digital data even when they are thoughtfully arranged and their context is well understood.  In an increasing number of cases, however, archives, memory institutions and researchers in all kinds of settings find themselves with the challenge of managing, preserving and interpreting collections...

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Revisiting Archival Principles from a digital preservation viewpoint - a joint event with DPC and the AIMS project

The AIMS Project, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, brings together the Universities of Hull, Virginia, Stanford, and Yale. The partners are processing and preserving a total of 13 born-digital collections, in doing so we hope to develop a common framework and good practice guidelines that can be adopted and applied by other organisations.The session will introduce the AIMS model but the idea is not to seek external review of the model at this stage but to facilitate discussion with a...

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Data for Life: Digital Preservation for Health Studies

  Part of the DATUM for Health project; conducted by Northumbria University and funded by JISC Flexible and timely access to information has the potential to transform professional practice and research in health studies and related disciplines, but the promise can only be delivered if we can overcome the threats of obsolescence. A decade of research and development has begun to make available the sorts of robust tools, techniques and services which our generation will need to ensure...

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Preserving Digital Sound and Vision: A Briefing

Emerging tools and services for digital preservation are typically built around the need to preserve texts, documents, images and data sets.  Audio and video – broadly defined as time-based-media - have received less attention within the library and archive communities, partly because they have historically been seen as distinct, partly because they present new technical challenges, and partly because they have hitherto represented only a small proportion of the collections which memory...

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Preserving Digital Art: Directions and Perspectives

Emerging tools and services for digital preservation are typically built around the long-term needs of archives, libraries and research centres. The needs of art museums and galleries are surprisingly absent from much of the debate in digital preservation even though these institutions have considerable skills and statutory requirements to safeguard large collections for private and public good. Innovations in contemporary art means that the traditional skills of the conservator need to be...

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