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PASIG 2017 Oxford 11-13 September

PASIG is a place to share practical experiences, successes, pain points, and, increasingly, a forum for fostering coordination and collaboration to enable the most effective use of our resources. Join us at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History this Autumn as the international digital preservation community gathers for three days of exchange and sharing. PASIG is hosted this year by Bodleian Libraries & Digital Preservation at Oxford and Cambridge (DPOC).  About...

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Getting Started with Digital Preservation - Durham

Slides   Introduction   Bit Preservation   Characterisation   Assessing Readiness   Risk Management   Creating a Digital Asset Register    Next Steps Introduction The Digital Preservation Coalition is delighted to invite you to join them at a workshop which will equip collection managers, archivists,...

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Email Preservation: How Hard Can it Be?

Introduction Email, the quintessential record of our age, is surprisingly hard to preserve.  This relatively straightforward task is an encounter with all the open challenges and operational difficulties of practical digital preservation.  Email messages go through so many processes from creation to delivery, and with so many variations of attachment, that they can be technically hard to capture; they contain any amount of personal and sensitive data wrapping them in legal and...

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Preserve to Innovate: De-brief on Web Archiving Week 2017 in London

  From the 12th to the 16th June, the member institutions of IIPC and researchers from a surprising array of backgrounds gathered at the Senate House in London for Web Archiving Week – an amalgamation of the Archives Unleashed hackathon, the annual IIPC conference, and the ReSAW Conference. The week’s activities conveyed a healthy and vibrant picture of current capture and curation practices as well as the use of archived web content for research.

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From Planning to Deployment: Digital Preservation and Organizational Change

Introduction High-performing and tightly integrated organisations can sometimes suffer from inertia, even when processes are well understood and benefits or risks are immediate.  So given that digital preservation processes are sometimes poorly understood and benefits or risks deferred, it’s perhaps not a surprise that making progress in digital preservation can seem hard. Historically the lack of tools was a significant constraint to digital preservation: but as new tools and...

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Halcyon On and On: Emulating to Preserve

Emulation has steadily grown in acceptance as a key tool in ensuring access to digital data. It's strength lies in recreating some of the original context in which digital data was first created and accessed and its ideal for addressing complex interactive content. But it's also seen as a complicated, technical and often confusing approach. So what is emulation? How does it work? How can you put it into practice? And where will this technology take us in the future? The Digital Preservation...

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Chicken and the Egg: Applying Digital Preservation Approaches to Social Media at DPASSH 2017

 On the 14th June, DPASSH commences its second conference addressing the issues of digital preservation and the Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities. I look forward to taking part and giving a paper on the application of some hard-earned best practice in digital preservation to social media research and heritage collections.

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A Proud Agent of Change: What I Learned at the Information and Records Management Society (IRMS) Conference 2017

In case you missed the excitement on Twitter, the Information and Records Management Society (IRMS) held their annual conference this week in Glasgow (very thoughtful of them to bring this powerhouse international conference right to DPC’s doorstep)!

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Getting Started with Digital Preservation - London

Slides   Introduction   Bit Preservation   Characterisation   Assessing Readiness   Risk Management   Creating a Digital Asset Register    Next Steps Introduction The Digital Preservation Coalition is delighted to invite you to join them at a workshop which will equip collection managers, archivists, librarians and conservators...

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Save the date: PASIG Oxford, 11 - 13 September 2017

Event hosts and organisers, the Digital Preservation at Oxford and Cambridge (DPOC) team, are delighted to announce that this year’s PASIG conference will be held in Oxford, UK from 11 – 13 September 2017.

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Getting Started with Digital Preservation - Manchester

Slides   Introduction   Bit Preservation   Characterisation   Assessing Readiness   Risk Management   Creating a Digital Asset Register    Next Steps   Introduction The Digital Preservation Coalition is delighted to invite you to join them at a workshop which will equip collection managers, archivists, librarians and...

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Web Archiving Week: 12th - 16th June 2017

Web Archiving Week events will be held at Senate House & the British Library, London between 12th - 16th June 2017 The excitement of instant information from the internet for archivists and historians has been tempered by concerns about the shelf life of data — the so-called ‘black hole’ of lost material — and the rise of a new generation of ‘born digital’ government archives. For five days (12th–16th June), academics, researchers, archivists, curators and IT developers from across the...

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Losing all hope to find freedom: Fail Club is here to help

Well, with any luck things aren’t so bad that all hope is lost. But freedom, or at least enlightenment, may well be on the horizon! What do you mean it's not supposed to look like that?! (Image courtesy of glennbphoto, The Atlas of Digital Damages) Last summer, beneath the lofty cathedral-esque ceiling of York’s Guildhall, a group of troubled digital preservationists held their heads in their hands. ‘If only there was a way we could talk openly about our workflow woes,’ they...

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Aye Preserve? Aye: Glasgow & West of Scotland Digital Preservation Support Group

‘How can we make sure we can access our important digital data in the future?’ was the tagline for ‘Aye Preserve’ – a half day event hosted by the University of Glasgow (UoG) and the Digital Preservation Coalition in Glasgow at the end of February.

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'Aye Preserve' - Digital Preservation Event - West of Scotland

How can we make sure we can access our important digital data in the future?  The challenge of managing and preserving all this digital ‘stuff’ affects us all. Come along to the first meeting of ‘Aye Preserve’ on the 27th February. This group will provide a space for practitioners, managers, researchers, administrators, students, dabblers, and meddlers to share their experiences of preserving digital data – from archival collections to big data and anything else. ‘Aye...

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International Digital Curation Conference 2017 Edinburgh

As was to be expected, technology was a common theme running through many of the sessions at this year’s digital curation conference. As a LAM devotee and PhD student, I spend much of my time immersed in theories and policies, so this exposure to the newest tools is very useful. As I steer my attention toward my own research on digital objects in cultural heritage settings, IIIF is emerging as a potential tool. Pronounced “triple I-F”, the tool was highlighted brilliantly in Neal Stewart’s...

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As realities erode: 3d4ever?

My eroding realities Alternative facts are the cliché du jour but let me pitch a problem that is categorically larger: alternative realities. Not just alternative, but alternative and obsolete realities. I spoke about this at a DPC briefing day at the end of 2016 – which already seems a life time ago. It was a surprisingly hard programme to assemble because there is precious little evidence that those involved in producing 3d data sets for the cultural heritage sector have any capacity – and...

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3D4ever: building three dimensional models to last

A joint Digital Preservation Coalition and Wellcome Library Conference 3D scanning and printing have been the next big things for a long time. The value and utility of 3D scanning is going up as the cost and barriers to production are dropping.This conference will encourage cultural heritage professionals to understand and undertake 3D scanning and its challenges. Opportunities for creation, use, and re-use of 3D data will be explored and case studies of good practice presented. The day will...

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Digital Preservation Awards 2016

Watch the Digital Preservation Awards ceremony, filmed live on 30th November 2016 at the Wellcome Collection, London. Watch interviews with the winners View photos of the Digital Preservation Awards Ceremony Read the Twitter Highlights: [View the story "Digital Preservation Awards 2016" on Storify]

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Making Progress in Digital Preservation, London 2016

Presentation Slides   Introduction to Making Progress   Building a Business Case for Digital Preservation   Developing a Digital Preservation Policy   Building a Skilled Digital Preservation Workforce   Preservation Workshop Introduction Digital preservation - representing all the activities necessary to ensure that digital objects and data can be found, accessed and...

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