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Digital Preservation Awards 2014 - Winners

The winners of the prestigious Digital Preservation Awards 2014 were announced at an exciting ceremony hosted by the Digital Preservation Coalition at the Wellcome Trust in London. Created in 2004 to raise awareness about digital preservation, the Digital Preservation Awards are a prominent celebration of achievement for those people and organisations that have made significant and innovative contributions to ensuring our digital memory is accessible tomorrow. ‘In its early...

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Digital Preservation Awards 2016: Judges

The Digital Preservation Coalition is pleased to announce its panel of judges for 2016 as follows: Adrian Brown, Parliamentary Archives Adrian is Director of the Parliamentary Archives, which provides an archives and records management service for the UK Parliament. He is an experienced information management professional with expertise in the management of digital and analogue collection and an internationally recognised authority in the field of digital preservation, with a proven...

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Digital Preservation Awards 2016: Timetable

Entrants for the Digital Preservation Awards must submit a nomination by 1200 noon on Tuesday 26th  July 2016 (see “How to apply” in the menu to the left for details). These will be sifted and considered for short-listing by the Digital Preservation Screening Panel in August 2016. Only short-listed candidates will be asked for full details of their projects. Short-listed nominees will be required to do the following: to give a presentation of the project (or a webinar), explaining its...

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Digital Preservation Awards 2016: Eligibility and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Scope: The judges will assume a broad definition of digital preservation: projects which describe themselves with specialist terms like ‘conservation’, ‘continuity’, ‘curation’, ‘legacy’, ‘permanent accessibility’ , ‘sustainment’ or ‘sustainability’ will be eligible so long as they can demonstrate that they are working towards ensuring our digital memory is accessible tomorrow. Typically, digitization projects will not be eligible unless they offer a specific deliverable that will...

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Digital Preservation Awards 2016: How to enter

Applications All nominees should read the Nomination Pack (DPA16A) and submit their application using the Nomination Form (DPA16B) which must include the following: A brief summary of the project of no more than 100 words. This wording will be used on publicity material and should be as concise and clear as possible. A project description of no more than 1000 words, setting out the nature and purpose of the project, and why it is considered to be a potential Award-winner. The project...

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Digital Preservation Awards 2016: Background and Overview

The Digital Preservation Awards celebrate the excellence and innovation that will help to ensure our digital memory is available tomorrow. The first Digital Preservation Award was created in 2004 to raise awareness about digital preservation. It provided a rare opportunity to engage in some high profile advocacy, articulating nuanced messages about how and why one might engage in digital preservation. Today, the Awards continue to enable the DPC to endorse and celebrate outstanding work which...

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Digital Preservation Awards launched for 2016

The Digital Preservation Coalition's quest to find and celebrate the very best work in digital preservation across all sectors has begun again this year, with the launch of the 2016 Digital Preservation Awards.  The prestigious Digital Preservation Awards is the most prominent celebration of achievement for those people and organisations who have made significant and innovative contributions to maintaining a digital legacy, and will culminate in a glittering awards ceremony at the...

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VeraPDF

The veraPDF consortium will deliver a definitive validator for PDF/A: an authoritative corpus of test files establishing the objective frame of reference for validation of all parts and conformance levels of PDF/A, an open¬source, and a purpose¬built validator and policy checker to implement the collecting policies of memory institutions. We expect a vibrant community will develop to sustain these efforts. The veraPDF consortium brings together a unique network of stakeholders with...

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E-Ark

In co-operation with commercial systems providers, E-ARK will create and pilot a pan-European methodology for electronic document archiving, synthesising existing national and international best practices, which will keep records and databases authentic and usable over time. The methodology will be implemented in an open pilot in various national contexts, using existing, near-to-market tools, and services developed by the partners. This will allow memory institutions and their clients...

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Preservation Planning for Personal Digital Collections by Paul Wilson

A condensed version of this case note also appears in the Technology Watch Report Personal Digital Archiving by Gabriela Redwine. Paul Wilson’s case note summarizes his attempts to find a suitable preservation planning process and associated documentation to apply to his personal digital collections. Since he could find no preservation planning process appropriate to individuals, he obtained a slide set detailing a simple preservation workflow from the Digital Preservation Coalition, and used...

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Re:Format - What is file format obsolescence and does it really exist?

Digital preservation literature identifies file format obsolescence as one of the main threats, if not *the* threat, to the longevity of our digital data. Files must be migrated or emulated as they become obsolete, to ensure that they can still be rendered and used in the future. As Jeff Rothenberg famously put it at the end of the 1990s: "digital information lasts forever—or five years, whichever comes first". More recently however, the community has grown more sceptical. Luminaries such as...

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Recording of Anthea Seles' 'OAIS: its limitations and (how) can they be fixed' - now available online

The recording of the latest DPC webinar with Dr Anthea Seles, Digital Transfer Manager at The National Archives, is now available for members to view online. In the webinar Anthea explores the standard, its origins and its strengths and weaknesses along with allied standards such as Trusted Repository Audit and Certification. She goes on to describe the processes involved in standards review and how the wider digital preservation community can participate in the reform of its core standard.

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Practical Preservation and People: a briefing about metadata

Presentations Preservation and People: understanding designated communities (Christian Keitel) What metadata does the Digital Repository of Ireland want, and how much do they actually get? (Kathryn Cassidy) How much metadata can archivists really expect (Alex Green) What metadata do users want and need, and how much can we get out of them (Katie Green) Designated communities, OAIS and assessment (Herve L’hours) Emerging Nuances of Digital Preservation Metadata (Angela...

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Filling the Digital Preservation Gap Webinar

Members please login to watch the webinar recording In the Jisc funded "Filling the Digital Preservation Gap" project, teams at the Universities of Hull and York are looking at how to incorporate digital preservation into their workflows for research data management. The project is looking specifically at Archivematica, an open source digital preservation solution. Whilst the project focuses on a particular use case (research data management) the project team also have other use cases in...

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Preserving Documents Forever: When is a PDF not a PDF?

Presentations An introduction to PDF, Sarah Higgins, Aberystwyth University Understanding PDF risks in preservation, Johan van der Knijff, National Library of the Netherlands PDF: Myths vs facts, Ange Albertini, Corkami Preserving PDF at the coalface, Tim Evans, Archaeology Data Service Introducing veraPDF, Carl Wilson, Open Preservation Foundation The Digital Preservation Coalition and the Open Preservation Foundation, with support from the European Commission and the...

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SPRUCE

SPRUCE (Sustainable PReservation Using Community Engagement) was a collaborative project funded by Jisc and led by the University of Leeds. It offered a series of 'Mash-up' events throughout 2012 and 2013 to put developers and collection owners in touch with each other. DPC supported elements of community engagement in digital preservation and in particular was charged with working up elements of a business case for preservation. Visit the SPRUCE website for more information. Project...

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It's Personal: Collecting, Preserving and Using Personal Digital Archives

Introduction Digital preservation has made significant strides in the last two decades, primarily at corporate or institutional levels. This takes different expressions in different contexts such as the establishment of institutional repositories for research outputs; the incorporation of digital preservation within institutional missions; or the assertion of regulatory and statutory requirements for data retention for companies. Although much work remains to be done, institutions are not...

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Digital Preservation Awards 2014

Watch the Digital Preservation Awards Ceremony, filmed live at the Wellcome Collection Conference Centre on 17th November 2014 Find out more

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DPC/4C Conference - ‘Investing in Opportunity: Policy Practice and Planning for a Sustainable Digital Future’

Introduction The 4C (Collaboration to Clarify the Costs of Curation) Project and the DPC (Digital Preservation Coalition) invite you to join them for a two day conference exploring the long term value and sustainability of digital objects. The 4C Project is an EC-funded initiative that is helping organisations across Europe to invest more effectively in digital curation and preservation. Research in digital preservation and curation has tended to emphasize the cost and complexity of the...

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Current Trends and Future Directions for Digital Imaging in Libraries and Archives

Introduction Issues of validation, compression and preservation become more important in image management as collections grow in size and complexity. On one hand compression is seen as a necessary requirement to deal with the scale of the collection on order to make preservation a practical reality, but preservation advice generally discourages compression which is seen as a preservation risk. Validation is essential for quality assurance in the development of large collections and is a...

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