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New project on PDF files

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DPC is delighted to announce that it is a partner to a newly-funded project that will ultimately help develop tools to assess and validate PDF files.

Led by the Open Preservation Foundation and the PDF Association, the 'veraPDF' project brings together an end user community and a software industry rooted in the principle of interoperability based on ISO standardized technology. The consortium will generate authoritative corpora of test files and execute the development of a purpose built implementation checker, associated policy checker optimized for the use of digital preservationists, and metadata fixer software.The veraPDF consortium’s end product will be definitive conformance checking software for all parts and conformance levels of PDF/A under a permissive open source license together with a substantial and enthusiastic community supporting and extending the model.

The consortium consists of: Open Preservation Foundation, PDF Association, Dual Lab, Digital Preservation Coalition and KEEP Solutions.  It is funded by the European Commission through the 7th Framework Programme via the PREFORMA initiative. For more information see: http://openpreservation.org/news/preforma-starts-prototyping-phase/


DPC Offers Scholarships for DPTP - Web Archiving 101

Created on Friday, 10 April 2015 13:00

The Digital Preservation Coalition is pleased to offer two scholarships to attend the upcoming May 2015 instance of ULCC’s new DPTP – Web Archiving 101 course at Senate House, University of London, London.

This course is one day long and is aimed at anyone who has a specific interest in capturing , selecting and using web content for any kind of research and who also need to ensure that web content can persist and endure in an accessible and useable preservation environment.

The course will teach the basics of web archiving. It explores who is doing web archiving currently, why it can be useful, who uses web archives and why. It explains the selection process for content, records management and business needs, available tools and outsourcing as an option. It will also cover legal aspects of web archiving and the issues around the archiving of social media.

Full details of the modules and learning outcomes can be found here: http://dptp.org/courses/web-archiving-101-course-2/

DPTP courses are operated and organised by the University of London Computer Centre and are supported by the Digital Preservation Coalition which originally helped to establish the course in 2005. There is more detail about the courses available is online at http://www.dptp.org/

See the attached announcement giving details of this programme or visit the ULCC/ DPTP website for details of the course. Scholarships will cover the full course fees of  £240 but not travel costs. Please use the scholarship application form when applying for this grant. Applications close at 12:00 on 24th April.


Registration Now Open for 'Getting Started in Digital Preservation' at PRONI, Belfast, 1st May 2015

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The Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) is delighted to invite you to join us for a workshop at PRONI, Belfast on 1st May 2015 which will equip collection managers, archivists, librarians and conservators with the skills necessary for ‘Getting started in Digital Preservation.’

Registration is now open for this day long introduction which assumes no prior knowledge except a willingness to engage with digital preservation.  Through a series of presentations, case studies and exercises, participants will learn how to apply techniques of assessment, risk management and planning to help secure their digital collections.

Presentations and exercises will help participants:

  • Understand the range of issues associated with digital preservation
  • Survey and characterize a digital collection
  • Undertake preliminary risk assessment to manage their own digital collections
  • Understand preservation planning and write a basic preservation plan
  • Meet and network with others locally working in digital preservation

Places are strictly limited and should be booked in advance.  Registration is open until 24th April 2015 at 1700.

Registration is free for DPC members and costs £30 per person for non-members in attendance and should be paid by cash or cheque on the day or in advance.

For more information and to register for this event, visit the events page.

There are also a small number of places still available for our London edition of the Getting Started roadshow on 23rd April 2015. Registration for this date is also available via the website.

Looking for an intermediate approach to Digital Preservation...? Details of our 'Making Progress in Digital Preservation' Roadshows are coming soon.


Vacancy at Trinity College Dublin - Metadata Cataloguer

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Metadata Cataloguer

Position Type: Full-time, Temporary (till 9th April 2017)
Location: Trinity College Dublin, Republic of Ireland
Salary: This appointment will be made on the Assistant Librarian scale at a point in line with current pay policy
Closing Date: 12 Noon on 17th April 2015

Applications are invited for the post of Metadata Cataloguer - Digital Resources & Imaging Services (DRIS) at the Trinity College Library Dublin. The person appointed will join the Digital Resources & Imaging Services team and be responsible for all activities relating to the creation of metadata for the output of DRIS (original and complex copy) and its input into all associated repositories (internal and external) with a primary focus on the Trinity College Library Digital Collections Repository (http://digitalcollections.tcd.ie). Metadata creation will occur to a variety of standards including but not limited to Dublin Core and MOD. The candidate will support the introduction of additional standards and best practices as defined by internal and external collaborative projects, international best practices, and departmental requirements.

Candidates should have a postgraduate qualification in Librarianship or Information Studies or Archival Studies and expertise in international standards for bibliographic description and authority control. He/she will have an excellent knowledge of such topics as digital metadata schema, metadata interoperability and the emerging RDA standard. This person will be comfortable initiating independent research to create original and complex copy metadata, and for the verification of copyright status when necessary. The post will be a full-time temporary appointment until 9th April 2017.

For more information see:https://jobs.tcd.ie


Recording now available from DPC 'Digital Preservation in Action' with Hugh Campbell and Larry Murray, PRONI

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The recording from our DPC 'Digital Preservation in Action' webinar session with Hugh Campbell and Larry Murray from PRONI is now available online. Members can watch the recording of Hugh and Larry's presentation in the members area of the DPC website using their login. 


Job vacancy - Research Metadata Specialist at The University of Sheffield

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The following full time, permanent post is available with The University of Sheffield:

  • Research Metadata Specialist
  • Permanent position in the The University Library
  • Grade 6 £24,775- £28,695 per annum

The Research Metadata Specialist post is a University-wide post to assist the University and its researchers in the creation, preservation and discovery of metadata relating to their research data. Based in MDS, the post reports to the Resource Discovery Manager.

You will work closely with the University Research Data Manager and the Library Metadata Manager to establish procedures and standards for research metadata and to advocate their adoption within the University. You will provide training and assistance in their implementation. You will coordinate the collection and dissemination of such metadata to enable a registry of University research data (RD) to be produced. You will liaise with colleagues within the University and Library, and with peers at other institutions in the region and beyond, to help develop emerging standards and best practice in the RD metadata area.

You will be familiar with the research landscape and the data outputs produced, and the requirements of research funders for making these outputs discoverable.You should have a first degree or postgraduate qualification in research-based subject discipline, together with relevant experience, or an equivalent combination of relevant knowledge, training and experience. Familiarity with the research data lifecycle, together with knowledge of issues and challenges related to the management, curation and archiving of research data is essential.

Closing Date: 2nd April 2015

Apply at www.sheffield.ac.uk/jobs


Vacancy at the DPC: Communications Officer (Maternity Cover)

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Communications Officer (Maternity Cover)
Location: Glasgow or York
Salary: Grade 6 or 7 (27,057- 40847 GBP pro rata)
Position Type: part time (50%) temporary (provisionally to 1st April 2016)
Deadline: 17th April 2015 at 1200

The Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) seeks to employ or second a Communications Officer to support our strategic plan during a period of maternity leave. Applications should be submitted by email not later than 1200 on Friday 17th April. Shortlisted candidates should be ready to present themselves for interview in the week commencing 27th April.

The postholder will take a key role in the delivery of the DPC's first strategic objective - a political and institutional climate responsive to the need for digital preservation – and will contribute to delivery of our other three strategic objectives as required. This objective requires a commitment to advocacy on behalf of the digital preservation community. Following a work plan previously established, but with latitude to develop and elaborate where necessary, you will help key decision-makers and opinion-formers understand the opportunities and challenges of long-term access to digital collections and encourage them to act, ensuring that public and institutional policy, legislation and regulation enable robust digital preservation infrastructures. You will seek to understand and articulate the needs of our members, encouraging and supporting the development of tools, services and standards that are of benefit to all.  You will manage DPC’s communications activities on a daily basis.

This is an exciting opportunity to work in a high-profile and wide-ranging role.  Recruitment will be to the DPC offices in Glasgow or York and is available immediately till the return of the post holder (provisionally 1st April 2016) at 50% FTE.

For more information see these further particulars.


DPC Members invited to 'Connecting the Bits' Networking Event in York - 30 June 2015

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The Chair of the Digital Preservation Coalition cordially invites…

…The Bank of England, British Library, Cambridge University Library, Digital Curation Centre, Jisc, Lloyds Banking Group, The National Archives, National Library of Scotland, National Library of Wales, National Records of Scotland, NATO, Open University, Public Record Office Northern Ireland, Research Councils UK, United Nations Secretariat, University of London Computer Centre, University of Oxford, University of Sheffield, Aberystwyth University, Archaeology Data Service, The Archives and Records Association, BBC, CyMAL, Digital Repository of Ireland, English Heritage, HSBC, King's College London, Leeds University Library, London School of Economics (LSE) Library, National Library of Ireland, Parliamentary Archives, Portico, Portsmouth University, RCAHMS and RCAHMW, RIBA, Royal Museums Greenwich, Tate, Trinity College Library Dublin, University of East London, UK Data Archive , UK LOCKSS Alliance, University of Edinburgh, University of Glasgow, University of Hull, University of Manchester Library, University of St Andrews, University of Warwick, University of York and the Wellcome Library…

…to send a delegates to the DPC Members Networking Event ‘Connecting the Bits’, at Gray’s Court Hotel, York on Tuesday 30th June 2015, 1000 - 1630

We will be holding an "unconference style" day of knowledge exchange on digital preservation challenges. The agenda will be set by you, our members, on the day. Connecting the Bits will be an opportunity for us all to align around key themes that we can discuss and tackle collaboratively over the coming year with the support of the DPC's Research and Practice work stream.

  • Full members can register up to 3 delegates and are asked to prepare a 3 minute presentation on 3 key topics: 1 recent success story from their organisation, 1 key digital preservation challenge faced, and 1 notable example of upcoming work.
  • Associate Members can register 1 delegate for the event.

Connecting the Bits is likely to be most useful for middle managers and practitioners who are engaged in digital preservation activities at your organisation. Delegates can be drawn from any department, project, partnership or constituent of the institution so long as they are able to contribute to and benefit from an open discussion on digital preservation and cognate issues.  Delegates will be expected to participate in a range of activities which introduce their own current and future work, which review the work of others and which help inform the work of the Coalition in the coming year.

The event will be help under ‘Chatham House Rules’, therefore allowing members to share genuine challenges and present emerging tools and processes without them being reported outside. An outline programme and details of logistics may be found on the events page of the DPC website.

Allocated places for full and associate members will be guaranteed for 1 month from registration opening, and after that time any spare places may be taken up by any member organisation upon request.

RSVP by registering online by 30th April 2015:



'Excellent' rating for 4C Project at final review

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20150324_152157The 4C Project received an 'EXCELLENT' rating, the highest achievement possible, at its final review which took place in Luxembourg on Tuesday 24th March.

The European Commission’s review panel especially praised the DPC's work in communications and engagement and were surprised and impressed with the sheer number of opportunities the project had created to interact with a broad range of stakeholders. They also remarked on the excellence of the sustainability plan and the unusual amount of detail it included.

All of the deliverables were accepted with no further adjustments or modifications required.

The reviewers were particularly pleased with the Curation Costs Exchange and the Digital Curation Sustainability Model (DCSM), and encouraged the digital curation community to make efforts to sustain these resources.

4C Project co-ordinator Neil Grindley from DPC member Jisc is delighted with the outcome of the meeting. “All comments from the reviewers are very positive and are a great endorsement,” he says, “not only of all the hard work and commitment demonstrated by the project partners – but also of the contribution made by the advisory board and the many stakeholders who took the time to participate in the 4C work and contribute their expertise to shaping our outputs.”

The vision of the 4C Project has been to help 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 task in hand. 4C has reminded the community that the point of this investment is to realise a benefit, so our research must encompass related concepts such as ‘risk’, ‘value’, ‘quality’ and ‘sustainability’.

A full and official report from the European Commission will be issued to the project team following the review, outlining their observations and recommendations. 


Recording now available for DPC 'Technology Bytes' webinar with Ed Pinsent and Steph Taylor, ULCC on 'Preservation Planning Tools'

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The recording from our DPC 'Technology Bytes' webinar session with Ed Pinsent and Steph Taylor at ULCC and their presentation on Preservation Planning Tools is now available online. Members can watch the recording of Ed and Steph's presentation in the members area of the DPC website using their login. 


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