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Created on Friday, 20 September 2013 13:13

Priority registration has now opened for the DPC's e-Journals 'summit' and webinar Preservation, Trust and Continuing Access for E-Journals in London on Wednesday 30th October.

Perhaps the most advanced part of the digital preservation community, the e-journal community has growing experience in fixing technical challenges and is supported by a well-developed - if complicated and at times dysfunctional - value chain that connects authors, publishers, sellers, purchasers and consumers.  A range of service providers and tools secure this supply chain with a blend of services that offer (or purport to offer) digital preservation, and continuity of access.   This is because libraries were historically a mix of 'access libraries' and 'holding libraries': but now hardly any library that provides e-connections for their clientele also holds the equivalent e-collection. They either entrust that stewardship to others or engage collaboratively to do so between with partners.

This half day seminar will introduce and examine latest developments in the preservation of e-journal content, and explore the extent to which the e-Journal community has genuinely solved the 'trust question' for digital preservation services. This topic of e-Journals should, therefore, be of interest anyone considering the viability and requirements of third party services in digital preservation.

The DPC has recently completed the latest in its Technology Watch Report series, ‘Preservation, Trust and Continuing Access for e-Journals’ written by Neil Beagrie. This report explores these issues and makes a series of specific recommendations for libraries, publishers, archivists and service providers active in this space.  The report is now available as a preview to DPC members and will be launched at the seminar.

Parts of this event will also be available as a webinar for members who are not able to attend in person. In person or online, places are limited and we recommend early registration.

Members have access to priority registration online: http://www.dpconline.org/events/details/67-eJournals-Oct-2013?xref=73

Non-members will be invited to register after 30th September.


Created on Thursday, 19 September 2013 11:34

The DPC is commissioning a second edition of the popular Technology Watch report 'Introducing OAIS' first written by Briain Lavoie in 2004. 

'Brian's origial report has stood the test of time,' explained William Kilbride, the DPC's Executive Director. 'Although our understanding of digital preservation has changed tremendously since it was first written, the OAIS standard has changed only slowly so his original contribution has remained current for almost a decade.  Because it was the first Technology Watch Report published, it also set a benchmark for style and substance. Add to this the concise, accessible and informed prose, it's not hard to see why it remains among the most popular of our reports even after such a long time.'

The new edition, scheduled for release in 2014 will examine the change history of OAIS and will explore how the  standard now intersects with other major international standards for preservation like PREMIS which have emerged in the last few years. Other reports on preserving E-Books and Preservation with PDF have also been released to members for comment in the last month.

Because it's so popular, we expect that DPC members will want to have quite a lot of input to the new report so we're inviting comments on a draft outline of the report between now and the start of October. 


Created on Tuesday, 17 September 2013 08:06

By popular request we've added an additional date to the popular 'Getting Started in Digital Preservation Roadshow': 1st November 2013, Dublin

The Digital Preservation Coalition, the Digital Repository of Ireland the Health Sciences Library Group and the Academic and Special Libraries Section of the Library Association of Ireland are delighted to invite you to join them at workshop  which will equip collection managers, archivists, librarians and conservators with the skills necessary for  ‘Getting started in digital preservation’.

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. 

This day-long introduction 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.

For more details and to register see: http://www.dpconline.org/events/details/66-getting-started-in-digital-preservation-extra-stop-in-dublin?xref=72


Created on Thursday, 12 September 2013 15:51

The Royal Institute of British Architects invites DPC members to:
Archiving the Digital: Challenges in Preserving Design Records
a 2-Day Architectural Records Conference in London.

17 October, Royal Institute of British Architects, 66 Portland Place, W1B 1AD, 10:00 – 16:30
18 October, John McAslan + Partners Offices, 7-9 William Road, NW1 3ER, 10:00 – 16:00

This innovative conference co-organised by the British Architectural Library and the Victoria & Albert Museum brings together noted UK and international experts including the Canadian Centre for Architecture (Montreal), National Gallery of Art (Washington, DC), and Cité de l’architecture (Paris) who are tackling the shared problem of managing long-term access to digital design records including CAD, BIM, and 3D modelling.

Day one, speakers will assess the current challenges facing offices and collecting institutions and outline current best practices to preserve and share these records as well as suggesting continued collaborations to manage the lack of open-source software and non-proprietary formats.

Day two features site visits to the office of John McAslan + Partners and Central Saint Martins King’s Cross to discover how practitioners and students create and maintain their designs in the virtual environment.

For full programme details please see: www.architecture.com/archivingthedigital


Vacancy at the Parliamentary Archives: Senior Digital Archivist

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Senior Digital Archivist
Location: London
Position Type: Permanent, Full time
Salary: £34,104 - £42,686 per annum
Closing Date: 27 September 2013

Would you like to manage digital preservation at the UK Parliament? A rare and exciting opportunity has arisen to play a leading role in managing and developing the digital collections of a major national archive, using cutting-edge facilities. The Parliamentary Archives is seeking a Senior Digital Archivist, who will deliver a comprehensive, exemplary digital preservation function, in order to enable the long-term survival and continued accessibility of its digital collections. You will have operational responsibility for Parliament’s state-of-the-art digital repository, and for developing and enacting preservation plans for its content. You will manage the Archives’ digital preservation function as a business-as-usual activity, as well as leading the final phase of the Digital Preservation project to its conclusion in March 2015. You will also advise both Houses on all aspects of digital preservation.

You will have an excellent understanding of digital preservation principles and practice, underpinned by substantial practical experience. Enthusiastic, well organized and flexible, you will also have excellent communications, influencing and analytical skills, and be able to work effectively in a collaborative, team-based environment.

For more details see: http://www.parliament.uk/documents/jobs/Senior-Digital-Archivist-JD-2013-09-05.pdf


Informal notes for iPres Conference released

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DPC has published informal notes of the iPres conference for members. These notes are intended to provide an informal briefing for members of the DPC not able to attend in person.  Of the sessions attended perhaps the most useful will be notes from the presentation by Carlos Pires-Morais of the European Commission which pertained to the Horizon 2020 programme and funds that will be released for digital preservation and related activities in the near future.  Login and password are required.


iPres 2013 Best Paper Award goes to TIMBUS

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The paper entitled 'Digital Preservation of a Process and its Application to e-Science Experiments' and authored by TIMBUS Project Partners Stephan Strodl, Rudolf Mayer, Gonçalo Antunes, Daniel Draws, Andreas Rauber was awarded the Prize for Best Paper at the iPRES Conference on Wednesday 4th September.

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Visit theTIMBUS website to download and read the paper.


4C Project Wins Best Poster Award at iPRES 2013

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The 4C Project was awarded the Prize for Best Poster at the iPRES Conference on Wednesday 4th September. Project Co-ordinator Neil Grindley accepted the award on behalf of the project team.

Neil explained the overall feel of the poster as 'picking up on the idea of the Curation Costs Exchange, or the 'Curious Machine' as it has been nicknamed by the project team. It’s got cogs, it’s got workflow, and it’s got a chimney pumping out a roadmap at the end, ...plus its got an ingenious removable centre panel.' 

The 4C Project mission is to provide useful, useable resources which support the process of cost management in digital curation, and the CCEx is just one of those resources, alongside the Roadmap and an Economic Sustainability Reference Model.

See the award winning poster and find out more on the Community Resources page of the 4C Website. 

neil and miguel - best poster ipres 2013


New DPC Programme of Events 2013 - 2014 unveiled

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There is even more opportunity to keep up to date with the latest developments in Digital Preservation in 2013 – 2014 thanks to our bumper programme of DPC events and publications which has now been officially unveiled! Amongst our packed schedule, you will find member-only events on:

  • Writing a Digital Preservation Business Case
  • Talking with the Techies: writing and understanding requirements in digital preservation
  • Cost Modelling for Preservation
  • Virtualization and preservation: New directions
  • Updating OAIS - ISO 14720
  • Preserving PDFs
  • Preserving E-Books

We have also recently set up a new online collaboration platform and will be launching a monthly, members-only webinar series showcasing our members’ projects and achievements.

Our ever popular Technology Watch Reports also have a superb line up of investigations into the latest topical and technical issues. Speaking of which, keep your eyes peeled for our next report on ‘Preserving e-Journals’ which is due to be released shortly: http://www.dpconline.org/publications

If you are not already a DPC member, find more information about joining the DPC community and availing yourself of our member benefits on our website: http://www.dpconline.org/members/join-us

Download a copy of our DPC Prospectus 2013 - 2014 and watch this space for our event dates which will be confirmed very soon.


Two Vacancies at the Open University: Metadata Officer and Research Data Management Librarian

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Metadata Officer
Location: Milton Keynes
Position Type: Temporary, Part time (30hrs per week) until 31 July 2014 with possibility of extension
Salary: £30,424 - £36,298 pro-rata
Closing date : 05/09/2013

We are seeking a metadata specialist to support exciting new initiatives in metadata development across The Open University. You will contribute to strategic objectives to improve discoverability and business efficiency through digital library development, cataloguing, metadata management, taxonomy development, semantic technologies and information retrieval. You will need to have experience working with recognised cataloguing and indexing standards, subject indexing using recognised thesauri and an understanding of the principles of applying metadata and the range of schemas currently available. Familiarity with digital libraries and/or digital preservation projects is preferred.

You will need to be able to work effectively as part of a team as well as being able to work on your own on individual tasks, and be motivated and organised. Ideally you would be practised in communicating with technical and non-technical staff and able to liaise with end-users and understand their needs.For more details see:

For more details see: http://www3.open.ac.uk/employment/job-details.asp?id=7187&ref=ext

Research Data Management Librarian
Location: Milton Keynes
Position Type: Temporary full time Contract until 31 July 2014
Salary: £30,424 - £36,298 Closing date : 12/09/2013

We are looking for an experienced and enthusiastic information specialist to help us to position the University to respond to the new and emerging challenges and opportunities in the research data landscape.

You will have a library or information science qualification (or equivalent) and knowledge and experience of cataloguing and indexing using recognised standards, as well as an understanding of the principles of applying metadata profiles. You will be a self-motivated problem solver and able to communicate effectively with both, technical and non-technical colleagues. Above all you will be committed to understanding the needs of end users and providing an excellent service.

For more details see: http://www3.open.ac.uk/employment/job-details.asp?id=7212&ref=ext


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