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This project is a two year partnership (starting November 2018) between the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) and the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC).

The NDA is charged with the complicated task of decommissioning and cleaning the seventeen principal nuclear energy plants in the UK, a task accurately described as the largest and most important environmental restoration programme in Europe. The extended life cycle of the programme, set alongside robust commitments to security, integrity and safety, means the NDA approaches its work with a profound commitment to long-term information management, ensuring the right information is available to the right people in a format they can use and with the confidence that it can be trusted. Therefore, amongst its many challenges, the NDA is by default required to become a trusted leader for information management and digital preservation.

Oldbury2 resizedThe project draws upon the experience of the DPC and its members to leverage good practice and to advise, guide and develop policy that will enable that the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority to:

  • access and secure critical legacy data and systems
  • adapt current data and systems to ensure their long-term viability
  • commission data and systems with long term resilience from the outset

Another important aim of the project is to inform, enhance and extend good practice and standards to benefit the DPC’s whole membership. With this in mind, many of the resources, outputs and findings from the project are being openly shared with the wider digital preservation community.

Key topics being investigated during this project include:

  • Preservation of Radioactive Waste Records
  • Preservation of audiovisual archives
  • Preservation of legacy databases
  • Preservation of 3D digital engineering models
  • Preservation of content held within an EDRMS
  • Digitization of paper and photographic records



The following resources have been created in conjuntion with this project and are available for use by the wider digital preservation community:

  • DPC’s Rapid Assessment Model - a new digital preservation maturity model for organisations with a need to preserve digital content for the long term.
  • NDA Digital Preservation Policy (forthcoming 2021)
  • Managing NDA Information: Requirements (IMP06) (forthcoming)
  • EDRMS Preservation Toolkit (forthcoming - April 2021)
  • Technology Watch Report on the preservation of 3D design and construction records (forthcoming 2021)
  • Technology Watch Guidance Notes on preserving specific content types (forthcoming 2021)


Events and presentations

The work of the project was shared with the digital preservation community in the following events:



You can read more about the ongoing work of the project in the following blog posts:


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