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Call for Applicants: DPC Grants for IIPC Web Archiving Conference 2023

The DPC is pleased to offer up to two Career Development Fund grants for members to attend the IIPC Web Archiving Conference 2023 (#IIPCWAC23), being held in-person at the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision located in Hilversum, the Netherlands, from 11-12 May 2023. Each grant will cover 100% of the registration fees as well as a contribution towards travel and accommodation. More details about the grants are provided below, and applications are welcomed from DPC...

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Call for Applicants: DPC Grants for PV 2023 Conference in Geneva

The DPC is pleased to offer up to two Career Development Fund grants for members to attend the PV 2023 Conference – Adding value (to) and preserving Scientific and Technical data (#PV2023), taking place on 2-4 May at the European Centre for Nuclear Research (CERN), in Geneva, Switzerland. Each grant will cover 100% of conference registration fees as well as a contribution towards travel and accommodation. More details about the grants are provided below, and applications are...

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Calendar of Upcoming DPC Grants Now Available

The DPC is pleased to share a new calendar of upcoming 2023 Career Development Fund Grants, now available on the DPC website! The calendar provides a list of all planned 2023 Advertised Grant Opportunities with information on the format, location, dates of event or course, and when the Call For Applicants will be announced via the DPC News page.

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FAIR Digital Objects 2022 Conference – Challenges with terminology

Zoë Hollingworth is Collections Systems Lead at V&A South Kensington and part-time PhD student in History of Art at the University of Edinburgh. She recently attended FDO2022 with support from the DPC Career Development Fund, which is funded by DPC Supporters. With a grant from the Digital Preservation Coalition, I was fortunate enough to attend the 1st International Conference of FAIR Digital Objects (FDO2022) held in Leiden, Holland, 26th to 28th October 2022. The conference was...

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Reimagining the digital preservation workflows of Archives - FIAT/IFTA World Conference 2022

Thandokazi Maceba is a Data Curation Officer at the Libraries of the University of Cape Town (UCT). She recently attended The FIAT/IFTA World Conference 2022 in Cape Town, with support from the DPC Career Development Fund, which is funded by DPC Supporters. I discovered the FIAT/IFTA World Conference 2022 at a time in my career when I was searching for ways to improve my skills set and broaden my scope in the Library and Information Sciences sector. I like the fact that it was happening in...

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File format recommendations - I wouldn’t say they are unacceptable, but I wouldn’t recommend them either

Last week I joined a webinar entitled “A Comparison of Recommended File Formats and the New Dutch Method for File Format Assessment”. It’s great to see the outcomes of this collaborative work, and it’s clear that it has already played an important role in bringing out some key themes in the preservation approaches of various organizations. But I felt that a number of aspects give cause for concern. The collation of file format policies has highlighted some approaches that I believe should be...

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Tapping the (Open) Source – No Time To Wait 2022

Nigel Bryant is Audiovisual Digitisation Officer at the University of Bristol Theatre Collection. He recently attended No Time To Wait 6 with support from a travel grant from the DPC Career Development Fund, which is funded by DPC Supporters. As part of my role, I am constantly striving to improve processes and workflow for the preservation of AV materials. I am currently implementing an open source workflow employing the Matroska (.mkv) video format, ideally using entirely Free and Open...

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DPC Technology Watch Guidance Note: A new case study on understanding user needs

The Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) has made a new Technology Watch Guidance Note on Understanding user needs: A case study from the National Library of Scotland by Chris Fleet available on general release today, following a 1-month DPC Member preview. Access is an important element of digital preservation workflows and ultimately information is preserved so it can be used: so, understanding what users need is a key aspect of successful digital preservation. This case study is a...

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Notes After Attending the 2022 FIAF Film Restoration Summer School

Natalia Bianchi is a Digitisation Technician working with time-based media in the Access Team at Imperial War Museum. She attended the FIAF Film Restoration Summer School this year with support from the DPC Career Development Fund, which is funded by DPC Supporters. Even if film archives and cultural heritage institutions around the world are aware of the comprehensive film preservation policies that should be put in place, many analogue film collections are slowly deteriorating over...

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iPres 2022 Book of Proceedings Now Available

Today, on World Digital Preservation Day, we celebrate all things digital preservation. The iPres 2022 Local Organizing Committee is therefore delighted to announce that the conference proceedings are now available for download!  The proceedings of iPres 2022 contain the published and peer-reviewed submissions of the 18th International Conference on Digital Preservation. The conference was hosted by the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) in Glasgow, Scotland from the 12th-16th...

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Title: Preservation Digitisation Project – Digitising the Tasmanian Archives audio visual collection

Karin Haveman is Acting Manager Government Archives and Preservation at the Tasmanian Archives and Digitisation Services Coordinator In February 2021, Libraries Tasmania launched the Preservation Digitisation Project – a major collaborative project that brings together Digitisation Services, System Support and Delivery, Government Archives, and the Community Archives teams. The aim of this project is to digitise our Tasmanian film, sound, and video collections for long-term...

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Funding digital preservation skills development

Natalie Baur is Program Director for DPOE-N Happy World Digital Preservation Day from your colleagues at the Digital Preservation Outreach and Education Network (DPOE-N)! We are excited to celebrate this important day with you, and we wanted to share some of our resources and funding opportunities that are available to the community.  DPOE-N was created by the Library of Congress in 2010 to provide digital preservation training across the U.S. The program transitioned to...

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Reviving Digital Preservation Policies at National Library of New Zealand

Martin Gengenbach is Digital Preservation Policy and Outreach Specialist, National Library of New Zealand There are many resources to help an organisation draft its first digital preservation policy, including the excellent guide provided by the DPC. There is less information about reviewing and revising policy documentation - though most policy guides recommend a regular process for doing so. Announcing an existing policy revision probably doesn’t sound as exciting as promoting a new...

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Digital preservation at the National Library of Australia

Libor Coufal is Assistant Director for Digital Preservation at the National Library of Australia We are very mindful that it has been (not quite all, but mostly) quiet on the NLA communication front in the last several years, while we have busily worked on implementing our digital preservation program. Our attendance at this year’s iPres (our first since 2014) was a great opportunity to pause and reflect on the progress we have made. We would like to update the community on what we have...

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Memories from the Anthropocene: digital preservation in a time of climate crisis

In October 2022 I was privileged to join colleagues virtually for an event organized by UNISA in Pretoria, South Africa. The event marked International Open Access Week 2022 and had the title 'Open for Climate Justice'. This blog is a version of the paper that I presented.  (Added 1/11/2022: The slides are available from UnisaIR at https://hdl.handle.net/10500/29530) Thankyou very much for the invitation to join you today to share some thoughts about the relationship between...

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ASA 2022 - NFSA: Evolving Identity and Emerging Technologies

Natalie Anderson is Project Officer, Digital Archives Innovation and Research, at National Archives of Australia. She attended ASA 2022 Here We Are Conference with the support of the DPC Career Development Fund, which is funded by DPC Supporters. I was recently the lucky recipient of a #DigitalPreservationCoalition (DPC) grant to support my registration and attendance to this year’s #AustralianSocietyofArchivists (ASA) national annual conference...

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iPRES 2022: Climate Change and Environmental Sustainability

Matthew Addis is Chief Technology Officer at Arkivum. One area that stood out for me at iPRES this year was the thread of climate change and environmental sustainability that weaved its way through several parts of the conference. In the panel session called ‘”IT'S ALL IMPORTANT OF COURSE, BUT…”, which hotly debated the question of what is the most important challenge in digital preservation (costs, advocacy, and people all came high up the list, and rightly so), I think it was Keith...

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Member preview of new DPC Technology Watch Guidance Note: A case study on understanding user needs

The Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) has released a Member Preview of a new Technology Watch Guidance Note on Understanding user needs: A case study from the National Library of Scotland by Chris Fleet today. Access is an important element of digital preservation workflows and ultimately information is preserved so it can be used: so, understanding what users need is a key aspect of successful digital preservation. This case study is a real-world example of how this has been done at one...

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iPres radio at iPres 2022 in Glasgow

Robin Wright is Head of Australasia and Asia-Pacific for the DPC During iPres this year, online delegates from Australasia and the Asia-Pacific had an additional way to engage with the iPres program and other attendees from their region by tuning in to iPres radio. This was a series of five half hour open zoom sessions run by the DPC’s Head Australasia and Asia-Pacific each day at 14:00 AEST (12:00 SGT, 16:00 NZST) that was designed for online delegates from the Australasia and Asia-Pacific...

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Digital Preservation Awards 2022 – Winners Announced!

In an exciting finale to the Digital Preservation Awards 2022, organisations and practitioners of digital preservation from around the world gathered together for a glittering presentation ceremony at the iPres 2022 conference! Hosted by the DPC as part of their 20th Anniversary celebrations, and introduced by the Chair of Judges Neil Jefferies, Head of Innovation at the Bodleian Libraries, the event highlighted the achievements of individuals and organisations who have made significant and...

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