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Digital preservation & digital asset management in the real world no mere matter of magic

Lee-Anne Raymond is Senior Coordinator, MV Images (DAMS) at Museums Victoria in Melbourne, Australia When Mary Poppins measures herself using her magical tape measure it reads, “Mary Poppins, practically perfect in every way.” (Mary Poppins, P. L. Travers, 1934) In the real world realm of Digital Preservation we can strive but will struggle to approximate such perfection without the assistance of the right software and engineering principles, as an intervening Poppins, in order...

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Counting on Reproducibility: Tangible Efforts and Intangible Assets

This workshop is part of a series of events in 2019, run by The Digital Preservation Coalition on behalf of the Jisc Open Research Hub (formerly known as the Research Data Shared Service, RDSS). Currently, this offers a pilot service to enable researchers to deposit data for publication, discovery, safe storage, long term archiving and preservation. As part of the pilot, Jisc have engaged the DPC to facilitate opportunities for community validation, wider dissemination, and horizon scanning...

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It's all about the money

It was around this time four years ago that I (and other members of the 4C Project) were breathing huge sighs of relief. The Project had just been awarded an ‘Excellent’ rating by the European Commission Review Panel, but perhaps more significantly the Curation Costs Exchange (CCEx) had been born!

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Controlling the cost of digital preservation

For some time now, heritage organisations and other institutions have been in agreement about the need for the long-term preservation and accessibility of valuable digital resources. What is much less clear, however, are the costs of preserving digital heritage for the long term.  A group of heritage institutions within the Dutch Digital Heritage Network therefore designed a cost model for analysing and controlling the cost of digital preservation. The development of the model, its...

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Creating an evidence base for Digital Preservation Risk

Sonia Ranade and Alec Mulinder work for the UK National Archives Thanks to your posts on this blog over the last two years, we have a really good understanding of what digital preservation is: we’re on a mission to send messages to the future. And we want those messages to be faithfully transmitted, to retain their meaning and to be useful for generations to come. That’s a tall order, but fortunately, the digital preservation community is here to help. Our models give us a common frame of...

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Bit Preservation is NOT a Question of Technology!

{jcomments on} Eld Zierau is Digital Preservation Specialist PhD at the Royal Danish Library in Copenhagen, Denmark  And yes, it does involve technology, but technology is just a tool, in the same way as a word processing editor is a tool for a writer. Today, there is a growing awareness of the need for bit preservation, but there are still a lot of talk about backup, hardware longevity, bit preservation as a technology solution etc. I will here focus on the technology...

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Are we there yet? Understanding digital preservation costs and benefits.

Over the last 18 months I have been fortunate to have the opportunity to reflect, research, and synthesise with colleagues, what we have learnt about costs and benefits from digital curation and preservation. The results are now published in a cost-benefit advocacy toolkit released by the Consortium of European Social Science Data Archives (CESSDA). It was a small project focussed on the needs of social science data archives but much of what it has done will be of interest to anyone involved...

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4C Project

The purpose of the Collaboration to Clarify the Costs of Curation (4C) project was to help organisations make better decisions and smarter investments in relation to curating and preserving their digital assets. Whilst the starting point for the project was ‘cost’ and cost modelling, it was clear from the outset that the point of making an investment is always to realise a benefit, so the work also needed to examine the benefits in relation to the costs. By extension, this involved thinking...

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4C - the 'Collaboration to Clarify the Costs of Curation' was aimed at helping organisations across Europe invest more effectively in digital curation and preservation. Research in digital preservation and curation has tended to emphasise the cost and complexity of the task in hand. 4C reminded us that the point of this investment is to realise a benefit. With this in mind the 4C research encompassed related concepts such as ‘risk’, ‘value’, ‘quality’ and ‘sustainability’ leading to the...

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DPC/4C Conference - ‘Investing in Opportunity: Policy Practice and Planning for a Sustainable Digital Future’

Introduction The 4C (Collaboration to Clarify the Costs of Curation) Project and the DPC (Digital Preservation Coalition) invite you to join them for a two day conference exploring the long term value and sustainability of digital objects. The 4C Project is an EC-funded initiative that is helping organisations across Europe to invest more effectively in digital curation and preservation. Research in digital preservation and curation has tended to emphasize the cost and complexity of the...

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Report for the DCC/DPC Workshop on Cost Models for preserving digital assets

The DCC/DPC joint Workshop on Cost Models for preserving digital assets was held at the British Library on 26th July, and was the first joint workshop between the two organisations. Around seventy delegates from the UK, Europe, and the US were treated to a rich and stimulating source of information and discussion on costs and business models with a number of key themes emerging. Maggie Jones gave the welcome and introduction, on behalf of Lynne Brindley, and emphasised the need, not just to...

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Preservation of e-Learning Materials and Cost Models for Digital Preservation

Presentations This was the fourth forum held by the Digital Preservation Coalition. The Forums aim to share experience from leading projects with DPC members organisations and to address topical issues in digital preservation. With the growth of distance learning and an increasing effort to digitise collections and package them for use in education in school, colleges, and universities, developing digital respositories and standards for managing learning objects are growing issues. The first...

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