Annual Reports

pdf DPC Annual Report 23 July 2002 - 31 July 2003

DPC Annual Report 23 July 2002 - 31 July 2003

Member projects 2003 and prior.

E-Journal Archiving Study, Completed October 2003

Full report: [PDF, 342Kb]

Partners: JISC

Archiving E-Journals Consultancy - Final Report, October 2003, by Maggie Jones. The consultancy explored issues associated with implementing the archiving clauses of the JISC/NESLI Model Licence Report Commissioned by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC). Full report available via the JISC website.

Feasibility Study on E-Prints, Completed October 2003

Full report: [PDF, 1,018Kb]

Partners: Arts and Humanities Data Service (AHDS); Estonian Business Archives; SHERPA; University of Nottingham

Feasibility and Requirements Study on Preservation of E-Prints. Report Commissioned by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC), AHDS as lead partner. Report published October 29, 2003, by Hamish James, Arts and Humanities Data Service, Raivo Ruusalepp, Estonian Business Archives, Sheila Anderson, Arts and Humanities Data Service, Stephen Pinfield, SHERPA.

PRESTO: Completed 2002

Partners: British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), Institut National de l'Audiovisuel (INA) (France); Radiotelevisione Italiana Spa (RAI) (Italy)

A 5th framework EU project headed by the BBC, to develop a cost-effective approach to the preservation of broadcast archives, audio and video, through developing workflow efficiency and automation tools to achieve cost reductions in the region of 30% while maintaining quality.  Starting with survey, scoping and definition of the issue, moving to developing new technology, integrating and testing and demonstrating that it works.  The work of the PRESTO project is currently continuing under PrestoSpace.


Oxford Digital Library, Ongoing from July 2001


Partners: Oxford University Library Service (OULS); Mellon Foundation

The Oxford Digital Library (ODL) is a digitisation project which aims to develop an overarching infrastructure with planned content creation, management, and delivery. It has developed standards for ensuring long-term access to the digital content created through its programmes. Operational from July 2001, the project is undergoing continuous development and has been funded from within Oxford University and from the Mellon Foundation.

The National Archives (UK) Digital Archive, Ongoing from 2001

Further information:

Partners: The National Archives (UK)

The Digital Archive at the National Archives offers secure storage for selected electronic government records and provides access to them via linked PCs in the Public Reading Rooms at the Kew site.

PRONOM, Ongoing from 2001

Project website:

Partners: The National Archives (UK)

PRONOM was developed by the National Archives for managing information about the file formats used to store electronic records, and the software applications needed to render these formats. It is intended for free use by anyone needing to preserve electronic records over the long term and is under continuous development. PRONOM release 3 is publicly available on the Internet and the database contains over 250 software products, 550 file formats and 100 manufacturers (as of 2003) and is growing.

British Library Archival Sound Recordings ProjectSound Archive acetate disks: Completed 2000

Partners: British Library (BL)

The transfer of ca 20,000 "acetate" direct cut audio discs to an off-line digital platform (CD-R) during the period 1995-2000.  This was an internally funded BL project using external contract labour for the transfers.

LOCKSS, Ongoing from 1999

Project website:

Partners: British Library; Cambridge University Library; Imperial College; University of Leeds; University of Edinburgh; University of Glasgow

LOCKSS ("Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe") is open source software that provides librarians with an easy and inexpensive way to collect, store, preserve, and provide access to their own, local copy of authorized content they purchase. Currently, more than 80 libraries and 50 publishers from around the world are using the software. In addition, the Stanford LOCKSS team is collaborating with institutions through the LOCKSS Alliance to further collection, technical, and community development.

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