DPC Members and Supporters are encouraged to share their experiences on the DPC blog on any topic of interest to them...however, there are some specific topics we are actively seeking blog posts on.

The list below has been inspired by DPC RAM, our Rapid Assessment Model and relates to some of the examples mentioned in specific sections of the model. When tackling a specific area of digital preservation it is incredibly helpful for practitioners to see how others have approached the challenge and this is why case studies are so helpful.

We would like to encourage you to blog about your own experiences of moving forward with these areas and we hope to be able to use your posts to expand on the 'case studies' section of our (forthcoming) RAM resource. If you would like to blog on one of these topics please contact Ellie O'Leary.

Happy blogging!

Section of RAM
Specific topic/case study

A - Organizational viability

  • Establishing a stakeholder group

  • How you have shared knowledge about digital preservation across your organization, how you tackled the action-oriented mindset, how they engaged with senior champion

  • Securing funding for digital preservation

  • Using the DPC's Competency Audit Toolkit to highlight skills gaps and move forward with addressing those gaps

  • Advocating for digital preservation with colleagues

  • Succession planning - formulating a plan for what will happen to your digital content if your organization ceases to exist?

  • Planning and reporting - using reports on digital preservation activities to inform management and forward planning

C - Legal basis

  • How to move forward with this section

  • Creating/updating templates for necessary legal agreements relating to digital preservation

  • Ensuring all metadata and documentation relating to key legal rights and responsibilities have been identified and are easy to access

  • Working with legal, procurement, contract management or information compliance specialists - how to build that relationship and work effectively towards shared goals

  • Accessibility of digital content - how to ensure accessibility responsibilities are fulfilled in line with local or national requirements and legislation

D - IT capabilities

E - Continuous improvement

  • Developing a digital preservation roadmap

  • Using DPC RAM to assess current level, set goals, develop a forward plan and monitor progress

G - Acquisition, transfer and ingest  

  • Appraisal of digital collections (particularly where parts of the process are automated or carried out at scale)

  • Automating workflows

  • Engaging with donors/depositors and record creators

  • Re-appraisal of digital content over time

  • Integrating digital preservation tools

H - Bitstream preservation

  • Defining, documenting, and enforcing authorizations to access content for staff

  • Testing effectiveness of backups, replication, and integrity checking

  • Predicting future storage needs and monitoring storage capacity

I - Content preservation

  • Inputting into creation or capture workflows to ensure content is high quality and can be preserved?

  • Capturing and documenting technical dependencies

  • Implementing PREMIS (or alternate ways of recording what, why, who, how, when content is changed)

  • Quality control after preservation actions are taken

  • Version control of digital content and metadata

J - Metadata management

  • Creating a digital asset register that works for you

  • Establishing and implementing minimum descriptive metadata standards

  • Applying metadata standards

  • How metadata supports and enhances the re-use experience for users

  • How metadata standards support a managed exit strategy from a digital preservation system

  • Digital asset registers and importance of making metadata work

  • Implementing PREMIS

K - Discovery and access

  • Implementing full text search

  • Improving web accessibility

  • Testing exit strategy (mass extraction of all content)

  • Providing different options to users - access to migrated, emulated, visualized content

  • Supporting users with access to digital content

  • Providing digital content in accessible formats

  • Collecting information about discovery and access and using that to improve the user experience

  • Using technology to restrict access to certain content for certain reasons

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