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Digital Preservation Awards 2016 - Finalists: The DPC Award for Safeguarding the Digital Legacy

The Digital Repository of Ireland: Preserving Ireland’s Social and Cultural Record The Digital Repository of Ireland is a national trusted digital repository for Ireland’s social and cultural data, built through extensive and ongoing engagement with relevant communities in Ireland, and according to international best practices in repository architecture and data management best practices. DRI serves a large community, but has been particularly attentive to the needs of community archives...

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4C Project

The purpose of the Collaboration to Clarify the Costs of Curation (4C) project was to help organisations make better decisions and smarter investments in relation to curating and preserving their digital assets. Whilst the starting point for the project was ‘cost’ and cost modelling, it was clear from the outset that the point of making an investment is always to realise a benefit, so the work also needed to examine the benefits in relation to the costs. By extension, this involved thinking...

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Universities of York and Hull: Filling the Digital Preservation Gap

Filling the Digital Preservation Gap is exploring how we can apply digital preservation tools to  research data management. Funders now expect Higher Education Institutions to retain research  data in a usable form for longer periods of time. Rolling retention periods such as those mandated  by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) state that data should be  retained for ten years from the date of last access ; the Natural Environment Research...

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NCDD: Constructing a Network of National Facilities Together

Cross-domain collaboration lies at the heart of approach of the Dutch National Coalition for Digital Preservation (NCDD) for the formation of a national shared infrastructure for Digital Preservation. Under the motto “Joining forces for our digital memory”, the research project had the purpose to find out what level of differentiation between the domains offers the best balance for efficiency. Without collaboration, inefficiencies loom, while individual institutes continue to expand their...

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The National Archives and Scottish Council on Archives - Transforming Archives/ Opening Up Scotland's Archives

Transforming Archives and Opening Up Scotland’s Archives are three-year projects funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, working in parallel to change the skills base of the archives sector across England and Scotland. We are applying for an award in recognition of the programmes’ achievements in their first 18 months, during which one cohort of trainees completed their full year of training in each nation; the second cohort were recruited, began their workplace activities and completed their...

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Digital Preservation: Sustaining Media Art (A Matters in Media Project)

About Digital Preservation: Sustaining Media Art Digital Preservation: Sustaining Media Art is a practical on-line information resource designed specifically to support collectors, artists, and institutions large and small, in the care of their media artworks. It is a project within the larger Matters in Media Art Initiative. This most recent project addresses the challenges of establishing the infrastructure and workflows for digital artworks, specifically digital video. A community...

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Research Data Netherlands - Essentials for Data Support: An introductory course on Research Data Management

"Newton stood on the shoulders of giants. Today's researchers and scientists can use terabytes of research data to advance science and meet societal challenges. However, whether one is able to reuse research data in an effective and efficient way will increasingly depend on whether the data has been properly managed and shared with appropriate metadata and documentation." (From the OpenAIRE Research Data Management briefing paper (February 2016, co-authored by one of the coaches of the...

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'Preservation Practices of New Media Artists' by Colin Post, University of North Carolina

Introduction New media art constitutes a significant vein of contemporary artistic production, with many artists creating culturally significant artworks that critically investigate the meanings and uses of technology in the contemporary moment. Yet countless such works have been lost fromthe cultural record, with even more rapidly becoming inaccessible. For the past several decades, advances in technology have radically altered daily life, with the computer especially persisting as a deep...

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'The Transferability of Trusted Digital Repository Standards to an East African Context' by Anthea Seles, UCL

Abstract Digital preservation is a topic that has been extensively explored over the last thirty years in the fields of archival and information studies. However, relatively little literature has touched on the topic of Trusted Digital Repositories (TDRs). A TDR is '[A]n archive, consisting of an organization of people and systems that has accepted the responsibility to preserve information and make it available for a Designated Community.’1 Standards governing TDRs, namely the Open Archival...

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'A RAID map case study of high energy X-ray characterisations of microstructures' by Edith Halvarsson, University of Glasgow

Abstract “Scientific research in the 21st century is more data intensive and collaborative then in the past” (Tenopir et al., 2011, p.1). The scale of generated data in data intensive research fields represents great scientific opportunities, but also great challenges (CODATA, 2013, p.8,). 3D representations of crystal microstructures is an innovative and quickly developing sub-discipline of Material Science. Scientists working with the method are faced by management...

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'The Scalability and Realism of Digital Preservation Guidelines' by Niamh Ní Charra, UCD

Introduction Digital preservation has been at the forefront of the issues facing archivists for some time. With the increasing creation and accession of digital records, the constant changing technology, and the ongoing challenges preservation of these records presents, it does not show any sign of easing. In the early days of digital preservation in the late 1980s and early 1990s, there was very little literature for archivists to access when considering how to tackle...

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HSBC Global Digital Archive System (GDA)

The launch of HSBC’s Global Digital Archive system in 2015 marked the culmination of a challenging project to introduce sustainable digital preservation in the bank. Background Our historical archives are highly regarded for their rich variety and international scope. The records document the development of the organisation since 1865, and many of the banks acquired by HSBC and its predecessors over the years. The records also shed light on the social, economic and...

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Digital Preservation of OECD Datasets

The OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development) is an 'nternational government organisation that creates knowledge. Its reports and analysis focus on important social and environmental issues, and are underpinned by data collected from participating national statistics offices and other sources. With more than 5 billion data points and constant updates, the challenge was how to preserve the dynamic data, in a format facilitating use and ensuring long-term availability This was...

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The Digital Repository of Ireland: Preserving Ireland’s Social and Cultural Record

The Digital Repository of Ireland is a major initiative to safeguard Ireland’s digital heritage across the social and cultural domains. Built by a consortium of five academic partners over a period of four years, the DRI was launched in June of 2015 with a wide variety of collections, and stands as an exemplar of cooperation and best-practice adoption because of its national cross-institutional structure, as well as its integration in the international network data repositories and...

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'The Digital City revives: A case study of web archaeology'

Amsterdam Museum and Project Partners: The Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision, University of Amsterdam, Waag Society, National Coalition on Digital Preservation and old inhabitants, (ex) DDS employees and DDS affiliated web archaeologists On 15 January 1994 De Digitale Stad (DDS; The Digital City) opened its virtual gates. In 2001 DDS, the website, was taken offline. In this case study of web archaeology we will answer the questions: how to excavate, reconstruct,...

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Preserving Suffolk's Digital Assets

The digital legacy project started in 2014 with a business case for a digital preservation and access solution which built on the Suffolk Record Office (SRO) Digitisation Strategy for Suffolk's Heritage Collections and encompassed government policy - Archives for the 21st Century in Action Refreshed 2012-15 and showed:- secure digital storage and processes meeting 'trusted digital repository' standards were needed not only by SRO but also by Suffolk County Council (SCC), as existing...

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Digital Preservation Awards 2016: The Finalists

After the most gruelling and detailed set of deliberation so far, the Digital Preservation Coalition is delighted to announce the finalists of the 2016 Digital Preservation Awards. The prestigious Digital Preservation Awards is a world-wide celebration of the achievements of those people and organisations who have made significant and innovative contributions to ensuring our generation’s digital legacy will be available tomorrow. It culminates in an eagerly anticipated awards ceremony at...

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OAIS Community

In collaboration with a number of other preservation organisations, the DPC is building a community around the sharing of experiences in using and applying preservation standards. The first of these to be addressed is the OAIS model. Visit the OAIS Community wiki for more information.

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2007 Digital Preservation Award

Accolade for new tool to save digital archives for future generations as DROID wins the 2007 Digital Preservation Award An innovative tool to analyse and identify computer file formats has won the 2007 Digital Preservation Award. DROID, developed by The National Archives in London, can examine any mystery file and identify its format. The tool works by gathering clues from the internal 'signatures' hidden inside every computer file, as well as more familiar elements such as the filename...

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2010 Digital Preservation Award

The Digital Preservation Award 2010 was won by Los Alamos National Laboratory and Old Dominion University for the Memento Project. The Institute for Conservation and the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) are delighted to announce that the Memento Project led by Herbert Van De Sompel and colleagues of Los Alamos National Laboratory and Michael Nelson and colleagues of Old Dominion University, USA, has won the Digital Preservation Award 2010. ‘Memento offers an elegant and...

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