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Smooth Sailin' - The Final Day of Novice to Know-How

Sharon McMeekin

Sharon McMeekin

Last updated on 31 March 2020

Early this year I wrote a blog post introducing our exciting new online training endeavour, funded by The National Archives (UK), Novice to Ninja. A course that aims to provide beginners in digital preservation with the skills to implement simple workflows at their organizations. Four and a half months, 25 modules, around 35,000 words, and a new name (Novice to Know-How) later, today is the last day of the project. To be honest that hasn’t really sunk in yet. Perhaps when the bottle of champagne chilling in the fridge is popped open later, reality will hit!

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Harnessing the Crowd: Coronavirus Topical Collection at the UK Web Archive

Nicola Bingham

Nicola Bingham

Last updated on 30 March 2020

A Note from the Editor, Sara Day Thomson

As the coordinator of the DPC’s Web Archiving & Preservation Working Group, it has been my absolute pleasure to work with some of the most enthusiastic, creative, and persevering professionals in the field. The community of archivists, curators, librarians, researchers, and enthusiasts who do the work of capturing and preserving web resources has always displayed a collaborative spirit and a willingness to try new approaches and learn from each other.

The coronavirus pandemic has truly and profoundly put that spirit to the test, and the web archiving community has not disappointed.

‘The speed, scale, and level of interest in participating in this collective effort have been remarkable and have no comparison to previous collaborative endeavours,’ Jefferson Bailey from Internet Archive attests. ‘It is a great testament to the community's ability to work together.’

Over the last week I’ve been in touch with a handful of the professionals at the front lines of this effort to archive the global experience of coronavirus. In a series of blog posts, I’ll share their insights into this urgent undertaking to capture the world’s response to coronavirus (Covid-19) online.

To kick off the series, we will hear from Nicola Bingham, Lead Curator for Web Archives at the British Library, who describes how the UK Web Archive has handled past major events and how coronavirus (Covid-19) has really tested this capacity. She also suggests some ways the community can pitch in and help, as well as some tips for how to do some coronavirus web archiving of your own, even if you have never archived a single website!

More to come from these tireless web archive first responders in the days ahead, so watch this space.

Stay safe everyone.

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IDCC Session: Selecting efficient and reliable preservation strategies

Alexandra Mitchell

Alexandra Mitchell

Last updated on 25 March 2020

Alexandra Mitchell is Archivist at the University of Salford. She attended IDCC 2020 with support from the DPC's Career Development Fund which is funded by DPC Supporters.


How do we choose what digital preservation strategy to use? When I was asked by the DPC to select a paper on which to write a blog post I naively thought I would come out of this with some answers. Instead, Micah Altman’s paper highlighted just how complex digital preservation can be and any approach taken by an institution or indeed individual must take a constellation of factors into consideration.

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IDCC 2020: Do we need to agree on how to say potato?

judith carr

judith carr

Last updated on 19 March 2020

Judith Carr is the Research Data Manager at the University of Liverpool. She attended IDCC 2020 with support from the DPC's Career Development Fund which is funded by DPC Supporters.


This is my second blog about the IDCC 2020 conference in Dublin.

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Preserving UK Videogame History

Caylin Smith

Caylin Smith

Last updated on 20 March 2020

Caylin Smith is the Digital Preservation Manager at Cambridge University Library. 


If you were to think about the scale of complexity for preserving digital content, videogames would probably be at the higher end. This is exactly the challenge given to a group of UK-based collecting organisations: figuring out how to preserve and provide access to UK videogame history for current and future generations of researchers.  

In January 2019, representatives from the British Film Institute, the V&A, the Science Museum Group, the British Library and the UK Legal Deposit Libraries, the Museum of London, and the National Videogame Museum met to discuss the first steps. 

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There ain't no party like an online digital preservation party

Jenny Mitcham

Jenny Mitcham

Last updated on 20 March 2020

What do you do if Covid-19, travel bans and social distancing stops your planned DPC Australasia launch party taking place?

You take your party online of course!

So early (very early) this morning I got myself up, donned a sparkly top, grabbed a glass of orange juice and some cereal and logged on to a virtual party. I briefly toyed with the idea of bringing a glass of wine but regretfully decided it was a step too far at 7am.

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Positive Outcomes of the N2N Pilot

Amy Currie

Amy Currie

Last updated on 13 March 2020

Put your tray tables up and your seats in the upright position, because we are nearing the end of the N2N Project Pilot…


Work has continued at pace with the Novice to Know-How (N2N) Project (now officially renamed from Novice to Ninja) over the last few months. So far, the N2N team has commenced and completed Phase 1 (research and learning pathway design) and is deep into Phase 2 (content development).

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IDCC Keynote: The Internet of Things

Alexandra Mitchell

Alexandra Mitchell

Last updated on 10 March 2020

Alexandra Mitchell is Archivist at the University of Salford. She attended IDCC 2020 with support from the DPC's Career Development Fund which is funded by DPC Supporters.


Being a first-time attendee at the IDCC Conference I didn’t know quite what to expect. With my background and experience firmly rooted within archives, most of the conferences I have attended have tended to be dominated by the archive profession. The opportunity to attend the IDCC Conference thanks to the DPC Scholarship fund was not only a refreshing change but highlighted just how much we can learn from those working in other sectors on the management, preservation, access and use of digital content. The conference would prove to be an interesting and dynamic few days.

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A day in the life of a Winter School for Audio-visual Archiving participant

Sally Cholewa

Sally Cholewa

Last updated on 6 March 2020

Sally Cholewa is an Archivist at RBS. She attended AV Winter School 2020 with support from the DPC's Career Development Fund which is funded by DPC Supporters.


A day in the life of a Winter School for Audio-visual Archiving participant

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IDCC 2020: Becoming the ‘new normal’ is a good thing, but it is going to take time

judith carr

judith carr

Last updated on 4 March 2020

Judith Carr is the Research Data Manager at the University of Liverpool. She attended IDCC 2020 with support from the DPC's Career Development Fund which is funded by DPC Supporters.


First of all, I need to thank the Digital Preservation Coalition for giving me the opportunity to attend my first IDCC conference.

Despite the crazy weather, hail, rain, sunshine, thunder and wind, sometimes in the same afternoon (just Dublin weather apparently), I enjoyed the conference. There were many interesting talks and workshops.

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