After completing your DPC RAM assessment you may want to follow up with some further activities:


  • Share your assessment with colleagues and senior managers within your organization. A copy of the assessment can be used as a conversation starter to talk about where you are now and what areas would benefit from improvement.
  • Use the results of your assessment as evidence within a business case for digital preservation as it will help to effectively illustrate gaps and priority areas for improvement. The radar chart that is generated when you use the Excel spreadsheet template for RAM provides a helpful visual aid to illustrate any gaps you have highlighted. The Business Case Toolkit may also help with this. 
  • Establish a roadmap or plan of action for the year ahead. If there is a mismatch in your current level and target level for any of the sections of DPC RAM, consider what incremental steps you can start to take in order to improve. How to level up with DPC RAM provides some useful resources related to each section of DPC RAM.
  • Set priorities, establishing which sections of the model you want to work on first and where you would like to see improvement over the next year.
  • Include some of the actions coming out of this assessment in your organization's forward planning or staff development processes.
  • Revise your preservation policy or strategy to ensure it accurately reflects your aspirations.
  • If you are a DPC Member: Speak to the DPC if you would like to benchmark your own digital preservation capability against that of other member organizations. We will be able to provide you with anonymized comparative information about the membership as a whole that may be of use to you for internal advocacy.
 “We think that this tool will be useful for us in terms of advocacy and will be using it for benchmarking as part of our roadmap going forward.”

Edith Halvarsson, Polonsky Fellow - Digital Preservation, Policy and Planning, Bodleian Libraries 


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