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Web Archiving & Preservation Working Group - General Meeting - May 2021

Description In the first meeting of the re-launched Web Archiving & Preservation Working Group (WAPWG) we're going to look at the challenges of sustaining a web archiving programme: What kinds of web archiving models work for which size or shape of institution? What levels of staffing are required before and, just as importantly, after establishing a programme?  What skills mix / expertise of staff needed at different stages of programme maturity? How do...

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Digital Preservation Workflows Webinar Series and COW-a-thon event

Recordings of Workflows Webinar Series (DPC Members please login to view) 20th April, 1300 - 1430 (UK) Episode 1: Preparations and ingest Business planning with Jaye Weatherburn, University of Melbourne Pre-ingest checks and ingest preparation for digital legal deposit material with Roxana Maurer, Bibliotheque nationale du Luxembourg Ingest to Digital Asset Management System (DAMS) with Fabi Barticioti, LSE Library 22nd April, 1300 - 1430 (UK) Episode...

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Digitising the AIATSIS lantern slide collections

Daniel Walding is Senior Photographic Technician for Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Lantern slides are a unique format that were in wide use from the 18th to mid-20th century and allowed glass photographic transparencies to be displayed using a magic lantern projector. They were often shown to large groups of people as a form of entertainment, and are referred to as a precursor to cinema. Content was often enhanced with hand colouring...

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Navigating work through Zoom séances

Audrey Drohan is Digital Library Manager at University College Dublin UCD Digital Library went into ‘Work From Home’ mode on Friday 13th March 2020, and it was quite a surreal transition. One minute I was in the building with all of my colleagues, putting a few things into Google folders for the two weeks we were going to be out of the office, and the next minute my office became a roving location in my house: first the kitchen, then the sitting room, and finally the spare room. ...

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Digital Preservation Coalition releases Arabic translation of the Executive Guide on Digital Preservation

النسخة العربية يتبع In a move to add to the global resources for digital preservation, the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) and the National Archives of the United Arab Emirates have collaborated to produce an Arabic translation of the Executive Guide on Digital Preservation. The Executive Guide on Digital Preservation was developed by the DPC in the UK with the support of the UNESCO Memory of the World (MoW) programme. According to Dr. Abdulla Alraisi, Director General of the...

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What’s Up, (with Google) Docs? – The Challenge of Native Cloud Formats

Paul Young is Digital Preservation Specialist/Researcher at The National Archives UK The Challenge The National Archives has recently been looking at the issue of transferring material from departments with Google Workspace Environments (previously GSuite). The rise in cloud document management has brought new challenges which require changes to existing processes and methods.  One of the biggest issues is dealing with the Google native cloud formats produced by the suite of...

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More, More, More: Introducing Novice to Know-How 2.0

A year ago from the time of writing, the first case of Covid-19 had yet to appear in the UK, and my two biggest worries in life were not pandemic related. How strange now to think that such times existed! My first worry was whether I would be a good “hoomum” to the wee rescue dog I was about to adopt (many of you will have met Pretzel on Zoom calls since…) and the second was whether we would be able to deliver our ambitious first online training project within the tight schedule given.

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Information Communication and Technology (ICT) priorities in the light of Brexit: survey help required!

Dr Elizabeth Lomas is an Associate Professor in Information Governance at UCL.  In 2016, the UK voted to leave the European Union (EU). The consequences and outcomes from this decision have continued to be debated. Across the EU, ICT represents a significant economic driver. Within this context, ICT was calculated in 2015 as delivering 5.9% of the UK’s GDP; the largest ICT percentage for any EU Member State at the time. As such, ICT has a key stake in the negotiated changes. In...

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Micky Lindlar awarded the DPC Fellowship

[deutsche version folgt] Micky Lindlar has been awarded the DPC Fellowship today, on World Digital Preservation Day, as part of the Digital Preservation Awards 2020. The award was presented as part of an online presentation event which saw the gathering of leading organisations and practitioners of digital preservation to celebrate excellence and innovation in securing our digital legacy. The DPC Fellowship is the highest award offered by the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) and is...

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Creating access to support: Digital Preservation Coalition shares translations of key resources

[ النسخة العربية يتبع / français à suivre / deutsch zu folgen / español a seguir / フォローする日本語版 ] Alongside its annual prospectus of activities which is now available in Arabic , French , German and Spanish , the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) is delighted to share translations of its Rapid Assessment Model (RAM) and the Executive Guide on Digital Preservation. Now available as a PDF download in Japanese and French , the DPC...

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The digital preservation community celebrates ‘Digits: For Good’ this World Digital Preservation Day

5th November 2020 is World Digital Preservation Day With the theme Digits: for Good, World Digital Preservation Day (WDPD2020) connects the digital preservation community and celebrates the positive impact digital preservation has had in a year which has seen a sudden and global reliance on digital information and infrastructure. “Our community has rallied together in a year where physically we have never been more isolated,” says Sarah...

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Presentation of the Digital Preservation Awards 2020

The Digital Preservation Coalition cordially invites the Digital Preservation Awards Finalists, Judges, DPC Members, Sponsors and Special Guests to attend a celebration of the Digital Preservation Awards 2020. This event will be preceded by a series of programs introducing the work of each of our Digital Preservation Awards 2020 Finalists.

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World Digital Preservation Day

Digits: For Good About World Digital Preservation Day World Digital Preservation Day (WDPD) is held on the first Thursday of every November. This year we celebrate all things digital preservation on 5th November 2020! With the theme 'Digits: for Good,' World Digital Preservation Day 2020 is an opportunity to connect the digital preservation community and celebrate the positive impact digital preservation has, for good – or at least...

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Undelete our government

Richard Ovenden OBE is the President of the Digital Preservation Coalition This article was originally published in the FInancial Times on the Wednesday 14th October and this version can be accessed here.  Deep in the stacks of the Bodleian Library in Oxford is a remarkable sheet of paper written sometime in the 1660s. It contains an exchange of private messages between King Charles II and his chief minister, Edward Hyde, Earl of Clarendon. The document contains the handwriting of the...

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Digits: For Good - Invitation to World Digital Preservation Day on 5th November 2020

With World Digital Preservation Day 2020 (WDPD2020) on 5th November fast approaching, the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) invites all data creators, curators and consumers from around the world to contribute by sharing stories of their own digital preservation day! With the theme ‘Digits: for Good,’ WDPD2020 is an opportunity to connect the digital preservation community and celebrate the positive impact digital...

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World Digital Preservation Day: 5th November - Expecting a spectacle

Remember remember the 5th November... For us here in the UK this date usually means fireworks, toffee apples and huddling round a bonfire as we mark Guy Fawkes Night or Bonfire Night. It’s usually freezing, often raining, but a tradition many* observe anyway as it offers the chance to come together as friends and family, and ‘ooh’ and ‘aah’ at an impressive spectacle whilst eating sweets and treats.  *I know that fireworks are not favoured everyone, most espeically by our dogs of...

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Lotte Wijsman with The Significant Properties of Spreadsheets: Stakeholder Analysis

Electronic files often depend on software that can become outdated and even obsolete. When a type of file becomes obsolete in an archive, it is converted to another file format (e.g. from spreadsheet to PDF). However, this conversion has risks and consequences. With a spreadsheet, the outcome of a formula could remain visible, but the underlying calculation could no longer be accessible. By researching significant properties of spreadsheets, it is possible to look at the types of properties...

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Digital Preservation Awards 2020: The Finalists

Finalists for the International Council on Archives (ICA) Award for Collaboration and Co-operation are (in no particular order): NDSA Levels of Digital Preservation Revision Project NED: National eDeposit service for Australia Dutch Digital Heritage Network   Finalists for the Software Sustainability Institute (SSI) Award for Research and Innovation are (in no particular order): Levels of Born-Digital Access DiAGRAM (the Digital Archiving Graphical Risk Assessment Model...

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UNHCR Records and Archives

Introduction  Since 1996 UNHCR has preserved critical digital information[i] about situations that have shaped our world and it continues to do so. Faced with the largest refugee crisis the world has ever seen, UNHCR has a mandate to protect some of the most vulnerable in our global society – refugees, the internally displaced and stateless. This includes the preservation of its records and archives.  [i] In 1996 UNHCR RAS started to preserve email

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A new way of sharing nursing history – Royal College of Nursing member and public digital archives

The purpose of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) member digital archive is to provide members and staff with exclusive access to designated resources within the RCN digital archive. Since 2017 the RCN archive team have been using Preservica digital preservation software to manage, preserve and provide access to born-digital and digitised material. Staff have access to their own records within this cloud-based archive using the Preservica Explorer dashboard. Making use of Preservica’s...

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