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The Digital Preservation Coalition welcomes its 50th member Loughborough University, the latest associate member, June 2015

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Created on Tuesday, 16 June 2015 13:34

The DPC is delighted to welcome Loughborough University as its latest associate member. This new membership is also something of a milestone; Loughborough University is now the 50th member of the ever-growing Coalition.

Loughborough University has a reputation for excellence in teaching and research with strong links in business and industry. It has particular strengths in information management and information policy, exploring all the technical, legal and ethical aspects of data creation, use and dissemination. 

William Kilbride, Executive Director of the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) said ‘I am delighted to welcome Loughborough University as our 50th member which is an important landmark in our development and a great opportunity to celebrate our shared endeavour. Loughborough has a large volume of digital educational resources and it is wonderful to see institutions with such expertise recognising the need to collaborate on digital preservation.’

Loughborough University understands the crucial role of digital preservation and has recognised that gathering, interpreting, presenting and managing information to increase resilience and to aid decision making at times when actions must be taken rapidly. Adrienne Muir, Senior Lecturer in Publishing within the School of the Arts, English and Drama explained why Loughborough decided to join the DPC; ‘Various groups across the institution are involved in collecting, creating, managing and providing access to digital research. These resources are for the benefit of staff and students of our institution, but there is also a desire in some cases to make digital resources more widely available. There is a need to address digital curation and preservation issues in our taught programmes, particularly in publishing and the arts. Our graduates must also have the knowledge and skills to work in a digital environment and this is increasingly reflected in our academic programmes and research training.’

‘DPC has reached a significant milestone in recruiting its 50th member, a really impressive achievement,’ noted Richard Ovenden, recently elected President of the DPC. ‘Digital preservation remains one of the major challenges of our generation. It is encouraging to hear of another important institution joining this shared effort to ensure our digital memory is accessible tomorrow’.

For more information, follow the links:

Loughborough University

Loughborough’s research into Secure and Resilient Societies 

Benefits of joining the DPC 


Vacancy at The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) Library

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Head of Digital Scholarship and Innovation
Location: London
Salary: £50,409 - £58,368 (potential to progress to £64,679)
Position Type: Full Time
Closing Date: Tuesday 23 June 2015 23:59

The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) Library are looking to recruit a new Head of Digital Scholarship & Innovation.

The role of Digital Scholarship and Innovation is to increase the Library’s knowledge and understanding of users and with them, to explore new ways in which the Library can support their research, learning and teaching. The Head of Digital Scholarship & Innovation will provide strategic leadership for the Library on developments in digital libraries, digital scholarship and communication, user experience design and service innovation.

LSE are in the process of embarking on a new strategy to secure the next stage of the Library’s development within the digital world. The ideal candidate will be educated to degree level with an appropriate professional qualification, have previous experience at managing teams in research and development for new initiatives, be able to provide cross-Library project leadership with a commitment to high quality, user-focused services. They will have substantial knowledge and experience of the issues and developments associated with the delivery of modern information services in support of research and education, be an excellent communicator with the ability to build teams and develop collaborative partnerships to achieve common goals. They must also be able to use research and data to design services and monitor their continued value. A commitment to high quality, user-focused services is essential for this role.

Founded in 1895, LSE is one of the foremost social science universities in the world. The Library of LSE provides one of the best social science collections in any university – supporting the research and teaching of LSE as well as opening its doors to the wider world.

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New member consultation on PDF/A validation tools

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Created on Tuesday, 09 June 2015 08:56

The veraPDF Consortium is developing a new toolset for addressing preservation issues with PDF/A files and is consulting members to ensure the tools meet their needs.

As part of the EC and PREFORMA Project funded veraPDF consortium, tools will be developed to validate PDF/A files and enable the checking of any PDF/A against an institutional policy. The tools will both help to improve the quality of PDF/As in wider circulation while also enabling organisations to identify problematic PDF/As within their archives. Full details can be found in the attached overview.

veraPDF has already developed a design based on detailed requirements, gathered primarily from OPF members. It is now seeking further feedback from both OPF and DPC members in order to validate and fine tune this design. In particular, we would like to understand:

  • What issues members would like to identify in their PDF/As, in other words what are their policy requirements for PDF/As
  • How members would like to implement and use the veraPDF tools, and capture this understanding in short use cases

We are also very interested in engaging with members who would like to test working versions of the veraPDF tools as they become available, and provide feedback that will help hone these products as valuable preservation tools. Support will be available to assist with implementation and testing, and in particular understanding, capturing and expressing institutional requirements as profiles for use in the tools.

We welcome direct feedback by email and are keen to engage with members in short follow up interviews. If you would like to contribute your organisation’s requirements, please contact paul.wheatley at dpconline.org

Follow up interviews will ideally be conducted in the last 2 weeks of June.

More information can be found here:



Making Progress in Digital Preservation, Liverpool 10th July: Registration Open

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Registration is now open for 'Making Progress in Digital Preservation, Liverpool 10th July:


Digital preservation - representing all the activities necessary to ensure that digital objects and data can be found, accessed and deployed beyond the limits of technological obsolescence, media failure or creator dependency - is a growing challenge for agencies and individuals in all kinds of contexts.  Our generation has invested as never before in digital resources and we've done so because of the opportunity they bring. Digital collections have grown in volume, complexity and importance to the point that our children are baffled by the inefficiencies of the analogue age. Pervasive, fluid and vital: digital data is a defining feature of our age. Industry, commerce, government, law, research, health, social care, education, the creative industries, the heritage sector and private life depend on digital materials to satisfy ubiquitous information needs and expectations. But digital objects are fragile: at risk of loss, corruption or obsolescence, not to mention unlawful alteration or theft.  Collection managers, IT officers, academic researchers, broadcasters, developers and industrial regulators need to ensure that the digital collections which they use and depend upon are accessible for the long-term: but training in these new skills can be hard to acquire.

For several years now the DPC and partners have offered an introductory one day workshop called 'Getting Started in Digital Preservation' which is designed to outline approaches and tools which will help organisations assess their digital preservation needs and plan their response.  This has proven popular but we recognise the very great need to follow on with something which takes organisations forward in the response: from assessment into action.  This new workshop 'Making Progress in Digital Preservation' is designed to meet that need.  Responding to the greater subtlety required when implementing policies and plans, this workshop will examine three key areas of organisational needs: policy, resources and technology.  By the end of the workshop - which will include time for networking and sharing - participants will be equipped with practical  targets for implementing digital preservation, as well as guidance and tools to make those targets achievable.

Who should come?

  • Collections managers, records managers, librarians and archivists in all institutions, but especially in commercial agencies
  • IT managers and chief technology officers, chief information officers in institutions or agencies with a need for long-lived data
  • Staff looking to gather or exploit 'big data' for corporate goals
  • Students and researchers in information science and related fields
  • Researchers with interests in research data management


Priority Registration opens for 'Preserving Documents Forever' Oxford 15th July

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The Digital Preservation Coalition and the Open Preservation Foundation, with generous support from the European Commission and the PREFORMA project, cordially invite members to a briefing day on preserving PDF files at Oxford University on Wednesday 15th July 2015.

PDF is a ubiquitous format for publishing and sharing digital documents. It provides a useful tool for dissemination and because it is designed to ensure that the look and feel of documents does not change from one environment to the next it seems like a promising basis for the preservation of documents.  But it also introduces a variety of preservation challenges for those working to preserve digital information for the long term. For example there are numerous tools to help create PDFs means many of which introduce their own subtle variations to the standard.  Browsers have become increasingly tolerant of these eccentricities. That helps users in the short term but makes validation harder in the long run.  How are organisations beginning to address these and other issues? What makes a PDF a PDF and how can repository managers tell the difference? And what can we do as a community to solve the PDF preservation problem? These are just some of the questions this briefing day will seek to answer.

This briefing day will include an introduction to a new initiative that aims to tackle the complexities of PDF Preservation head on. The VeraPDF Consortium has been funded by the Preforma Project to develop a comprehensive PDF/A validation tool and policy checker.  This will ultimately provide a definitive take on PDF/A compliance whilst also acting as a method of identifying PDF characteristics that pose a risk to long term preservation. Participants at the briefing day will have a chance to find out what VeraPDF plans to deliver. More importantly they will also have an opportunity to contribute to its design.

The full programme is yet to be finalised but speakers will include Betsy Fanning, author of the DPC’s forthcoming 2nd edition Technology Watch Report ‘Preserving with PDF/a’,  Johan van der Knijff from the National Library of the Netherlands, Carl Wilson from the Open Preservation Foundation and Ange Albertini from Google.

Priority registration is available for DPC and OPF members until the 1st July, at which point non-members will be able to register for remaining places.

Who should come?

This briefing day will interest:

  • Collections managers, librarians, curators, archivists in memory institutions
  • Repository managers in higher education and research institutions
  • CIOs and CTOs in organisations with commercial intellectual property
  • Records managers and business analysts with requirements for long-lived data or legacy systems
  • Vendors and developers with digital preservation and EDRMS solutions
  • Researchers with interests e-infrastructure and digital preservation
  • Developers with expertise in PDF and related document formats

How to register?

Places are strictly limited and should be booked in advance.  Registration will close before the event and early booking is recommended as we expect these events will be popular.   This event is sponsored by the VeraPDF project so is free to attend however DPC and OPF members will have priority access to registration. To register see: 



Richard Ovenden returns to DPC as President

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DPCAwards068Richard Ovenden has been elected to serve as President of the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC), the first time the Board of the Coalition has elected a president.

Bodley’s Librarian for the University of Oxford, and former Chair of the DPC, Richard is no stranger to the digital preservation community, having worked in Libraries since the late 1980’s and directly in digital preservation since around 2000.  He is exceptionally well placed to promote the objects and aims of the Coalition, encouraging key figures to join the task of achieving the aims of the Digital Preservation Coalition.

“I am delighted to become the President of the DPC,” Richard said, “Digital Preservation grows with importance daily, as more of our lives –both personal and professional - are conducted digitally. The DPC has played a crucial role in raising standards, in training and skills development, and in advocacy and awareness raising over the past 12 years – I am very proud of its achievements and am delighted to be working with the DPC Board and staff to further the cause of digital preservation’

Chair of the DPC Board Laura Mitchell added “I’m delighted that Richard will be joining us in this new and important role for the DPC, and at such an exciting time for us. With fifty members now, the Coalition is expanding rapidly and we are now in an increasingly strong position to address the specific challenges faced by both the private and public sectors. We need more and clear voices to raise awareness about digital preservation and to represent the DPC in the highest level. Richard is the perfect ambassador to engage with the wider community on our behalf.”

The Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) exists to make our digital memory accessible tomorrow. It enables members to deliver resilient long-term access to digital content and services, helping them derive enduring value from digital collections and raising awareness of the attendant strategic, cultural and technological challenges they face.

For more information about the Bodleian Library see:  http://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/bodley

For more information about joining the Digital Preservation Coalition see: http://www.dpconline.org/join-us


Vacancy at the British Museum: Analyst Programmer (Support)

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Analyst Programme (Support)
Location: London
Salary: £31,365 – £36,722
Position Type: Full Time, Permanent
Closing Date: Monday 15th May 1200

The British Museum’s Information Services department are hiring a new Analyst Programmer- Support to provide support for existing applications and interfaces, improve the development environment to reduce support requests, to analyse requirements and develop new application software, in collaboration with colleagues inside and outside IS. This is an excellent opportunity to leverage your experience to support world-class researchers and the operations of the 2nd most visited Museum on the planet.

This is an exciting time to join the development team of Information Services. While the initial primary focus of the role will be to provide 2nd and 3rd line support for existing legacy systems, the technology landscape of the museum will be radically changing in the next 12-36 months to deliver innovative strategic aims and this role will be part of the team implementing new systems and technologies. The aims which technology is expected to enable include an emphasis on mobile (both for staff and visitors), flexible working, data-centric decision-making requiring a consolidation of systems and data, CRM and a new website including new ways of integrating changing data and tracking visitors.

The ideal candidate will be educated to degree level or equivalent and be experienced in writing or supporting applications and object-oriented design and programming. The successful candidate must also have experience of database and application design, in support of user requirements and also have had worked within a formal project environment. You will also have good written and oral skills and be able to capture and accurately reflect user requirements, and to produce good-quality documentation. A measure of rigor, when testing and developing information models, is also required.

Founded in 1753, the British Museum’s remarkable collection spans over two million years of human history and culture. With over 6.5 million visitors in 2014, the Museum is the top visitor attraction in the UK, and its world-famous collection includes the Rosetta Stone, the Parthenon sculptures, Egyptian mummies, the Admonitions Scroll, and the Amaravati sculptures.


Vacancy at Imperial College London: Research Data Support Manager

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Research Data Support Manager
Location: London
Salary: 43530-52630GBP
Position Type: Full time, Fixed term (two years)
Closing Date: Midnight 26th May 2015

Imperial College London is seeking an enthusiastic, experienced individual to establish, promote, and manage a service incorporating all aspects of research data management including organisation, description, preservation, and discoverability of College research data. Under the direction of the Team Leader Education and Research Support, and in close cooperation with the Scholarly Communications Officer in the Research Office, the Research Data Support Manager is responsible for shaping and developing the service and engaging proactively with Imperial’s community of researchers in provision of training, guidance, and awareness support.

The post-holder will work closely with other Library teams and in partnership with College stakeholders, including the Research Office and ICT, to ensure a cohesive and researcher-centric service is provided. This is a 2 year fixed term post in the first instance. Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Ruth Harrison, Team Leader Education and Research Support ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; 020 7594 7245) for an informal discussion about the post. Interviews for the post are anticipated to take place in mid-June.

For further details and to apply for the post, please go to http://www.imperial.ac.uk/job-applicants (Job Reference Number: SS 2015 097 GW).


Beaford Archive seeks consultant to assist with Digital Preservation and Management Plan

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The Beaford Archive seeks a consultant to help draft a Digital Preservation and Management Plan for a major new heritage project.  The plan should align to the Open Archival Information System reference model and reflect current research and good practice in the area of digital preservation from organisations such as The Digital Preservation Coalition, The National Archives and The British Library.


DPC Offers Scholarships for DPTP - An Introduction to Digital Preservation

Created on Tuesday, 12 May 2015 13:35

The Digital Preservation Coalition is pleased to offer two scholarships to attend the upcoming June 2015 instance of ULCC’s DPTP – An Introduction to Digital Preservation course at Senate House, University of London, London.

An Introduction to Digital Preservation is an entry-level course aimed at complete beginners who wish to learn more about the field. The course is ideal for starters in all disciplines who want to know more about digital preservation. The course is a starting point. It passes on awareness of subjects that need to be investigated in more depth, so those attending can expect a good deal of further reading afterwards and practical follow-up training / experience on their own behalf. The complements the regular Digital Preservation Coalition Event "Getting Started in Digital Preservation", and has been devised in full co-operation with the DPC.

DPTP is operated and organised by the University of London Computer Centre and is working towards conformance with the skills and competency levels defined by the DigCurV Curriculum Framework. It is supported by the Digital Preservation Coalition which originally helped to establish the course in 2005. There is more detail about the course online at http://www.dptp.org/

Attendance at DPTP: An Introduction of Digital Preservation costs £570 per person (including VAT). However, the Digital Preservation Coalition is pleased to offer two full scholarships which meet the costs of the course. Applications are welcomed from DPC members and associates. The scholarship covers all tuition fees, course materials, access to online resources, lunch and refreshments. Travel, accommodation and subsistence are not funded.

This is the seventeenth time the DPC has offered scholarships to attend DPTP courses. Successful applicants will be asked to help promote the course and the work of the coalition. The DPC has supported a total of eighty scholarships to attend DPTP courses.

See the attached announcement giving details of this programme or visit the ULCC/ DPTP website for details of the course. Please use the scholarship application form when applying for this grant. Applications close at 12:00 on 18th May.


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