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What should our digital preservation policies be? Taking the time to think things through

Heather Tompkins

Heather Tompkins

Last updated on 31 October 2023

Heather Tompkins is Senior Project Officer at Library and Archives Canada


As World Digital Preservation Day approached this year, I started to think about what might be worthwhile to share with our digital preservation colleagues across the world. One of the topics that came to mind is the work we are undertaking at Library and Archives Canada (LAC) to develop our digital preservation policies.  In 2022, our digital preservation area underwent an audit which resulted in several findings. One finding was to develop a digital preservation policy suite that defines our preservation priorities. Another finding was to have criteria for the acquisition and preservation of digital material that takes into account LAC’s ability to preserve and make them accessible.  While we had an overarching policy on preservation, we didn’t yet have clear documentation of these priorities or criteria as it relates to the unique aspects of digital preservation. We internally recognized we could improve how we work, in part, by clarifying these priorities and criteria.

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iPRES: Contributing to the Digital Preservation Community

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Chris Prom

Last updated on 2 November 2023

Chris Prom is Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


The University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign is proud to release the iPRES 2023 Proceedings on World Digital Preservation Day. We hope you find them profitable and useful for your work.

Doing so is a fitting capstone to the community effort that underpins digital preservation work so evident during the iPRES 2023 meeting, held from September 19 - 22, 2023. As conference co-chair, along with Tracy Seneca, I can truly say that organizing the conference was THE highlight of my professional career to date. The sense of welcome, collegiality, rigor, and fun that the entire conference planning team - our program committee, local organizers, peer reviewers, and supporters - brought to the table, was truly extraordinary and inspiring!  

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Well-Being of Future Generation Records in Wales

Sally McInnes

Sally McInnes

Last updated on 16 November 2023

Sally McInnes is Head of Unique Collections and Collections Care at the National Library of Wales


As a small, smart country, we in Wales are well accustomed to undertaking concerted efforts for the common good, notably reflected by our Well-being of Future Generations Act. This Act is unique to Wales and requires public bodies to think about the long-term impact of their decisions and to work collaboratively. We have certainly delivered the Act in the context of digital preservation, influencing decision making through the creation of a national policy, advocating for investment, skills development and through many collaborative initiatives.

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Joining Efforts, a Sure Bet in Digital Preservation

Antonio Guillermo Martínez Largo

Antonio Guillermo Martínez Largo

Last updated on 2 November 2023

Antonio Guillermo Martinez is the Founder and Head of Product at LIBNOVA


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One more year we join the Digital Preservation Coalition's initiative to celebrate the World Digital Preservation Day. This year the central theme to reflect on is "Digital Preservation: A Concerted Effort".

At LIBNOVA we firmly believe that a successful digital preservation project is the result of a joint effort between the institution and the provider, which is why we have always advocated a project approach based on cooperation, with the needs of our customers as the driving force for innovation and by engaging in collaborative research projects. But, what does this really mean?

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A Guide to the Installation of IsoBuster, IROMLAB and IROMSGL

Niamh Murphy

Niamh Murphy

Last updated on 2 November 2023

Niamh Murphy is a Digital Archivist with the Royal Dublin Society.


In our community, optical media imaging is an essential yet challenging task to undertake. Despite the plentiful documentation available in support of this topic, establishing a workflow can leave you questioning: Where do I begin?

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Digital Preservation Soup

Ailie O'Hagan

Ailie O'Hagan

Last updated on 2 November 2023

Ailie O’Hagan is the Digital Preservation Officer at Queen’s University BelfastShe attended the iPRES 2023 Conference with support from the DPC Career Development Fund, which is funded by DPC Supporters.


Starting with Digital Preservation is like making stone soup – the more we come together and pool our resources, the better we can sustain our staff and collections needs. 

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Celebrating WDPD2023 at the Nelson Mandela Foundation

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Zandile Myeka

Last updated on 1 November 2023

This video was sent to us by Zandile Myeka, Metadata and Photographs Archivist at the Nelson Mandela Foundation, in celebration of World Digital Preservation Day 2023.


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Digital preservation in interesting times

Mark Schroeder

Mark Schroeder

Last updated on 6 November 2023

Mark Schroeder is a solution architect in Iron Mountain's Digital Business Unit


We are living in most interesting times…

(Joseph Chamberlain, 1898)

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When the collapse of the Soviet Bloc precipitated the breakdown of the German Democratic republic in 1989, the East German Secret Service (Ministerium für Staatsicherheit - Stasi), found themselves holding extensive archives of records. In the forty years of its existence, 91,000 employees of the Stasi and up to 180,000 informants had amassed thousands of linear metres of archive material.

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Graveyards and ghosts in web archiving

Alice Austin

Alice Austin

Last updated on 31 October 2023

Alice Austin is the Web Archivist for the University of Edinburgh.


October 1969 was a busy month. Monty Python’s Flying Circus aired for the first time; Steve McQueen, Trey Parker and PJ Harvey were born; and on a dark, dark night (or about 10.30pm on the 29th), a 21-year-old UCLA student called Charley Kline started to transmit a message to the Stanford Research Institute using the Advanced Research Projects Agency Network. He meant to send the word ‘LOGIN’ – but the receiving system crashed at ‘LO’. And thus, the internet was born.

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“So I’ve finally procured a digital preservation system, now what?”: Takeaways from DPC Supporter panel

Jenny Mitcham

Jenny Mitcham

Last updated on 18 December 2023

Jenny Mitcham is Head of Good Practice and Standards at the Digital Preservation Coalition


Last month the DPC hosted a series of ‘Digital Preservation Futures’ events designed to showcase the work of our Supporter organizations. The event that kicked off this series was a panel discussion entitled “So I’ve finally procured a digital preservation system, now what?”. The session began with a representative from each Supporter organization giving a short lightning talk in answer to the question posed in the title, and this was followed by a lively discussion and Q&A with the audience. It worked well to benefit from the expertise of all of our Supporters together and in many cases to hear them effectively ‘singing from the same hymn sheet’ and repeating and developing on the points that others had made. With representatives from Arkivum, Artefactual, AVP, boxxe, Libnova, Preservica, and consultant Simon Wilson, this really did feel like ‘a concerted effort’. Pulling together the key learnings from the session into a blog post for World Digital Preservation Day seemed an obvious next step. 

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