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What does good practice really look like for digital forensics?

The DPC recently held a series of events on the topic of digital forensics (an initial event on the 26th February and a follow up ‘Watch Party’ event suitable for community members in Australasia and Asia Pacific). As suggested by the title, the focus was to ‘investigate good practice’ through the sharing of knowledge, experiences and case studies. This event was born as a result of the interesting discussions in our very first DPC Reading Club which looked at an article on the topic of...

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World Digital Preservation Day

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 2nd November 2023!  The DPC invites all data creators, archivists, curators, community members and digipres folk from around the world to celebrate digital preservation by participating in a whole day dedicated to all of the benefits and opportunities enabled by the hard work of our dynamic and collaborative...

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The room of requirement: working together to set up a digital preservation lab at State Library Victoria

This blog has been written by Carey Garvie, Senior Digital Preservation Specialist, Library Systems & Digital Preservation and Susannah Bourke, Digital Archivist, Description Original Materials at State Library Victoria This year’s theme for World Digital Preservation Day - Digital Preservation: A Concerted Effort feels extremely pertinent to our experience over the last year. In December 2022, State Library Victoria appointed two new Digital Preservation positions. Together these...

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Announcement: Call for Contributions iPRES 2024

16-20 September 2024, iPRES comes to Ghent and Flanders. Hosted by Ghent University, Digital Archives Flanders, VRT and meemoo, Flemish Institute for Archives, we invite you to unlock the past, present and future of digital preservation together. We are pleased to announce the iPRES 2024 Call for Contributions!

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Celebrating WDPD2023 at the Nelson Mandela Foundation

This video was sent to us by Zandile Myeka, Metadata and Photographs Archivist at the Nelson Mandela Foundation, in celebration of World Digital Preservation Day 2023.

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Joining Efforts, a Sure Bet in Digital Preservation

Antonio Guillermo Martinez is the Founder and Head of Product at LIBNOVA.  Este blog está disponible en español a continuación:  One more year we join the Digital Preservation Coalition's initiative to celebrate the World Digital Preservation Day. This year the central theme to reflect on is "Digital Preservation: A Concerted Effort". At LIBNOVA we firmly believe that a successful digital preservation project is the result of a joint effort between the institution and the...

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A Guide to the Installation of IsoBuster, IROMLAB and IROMSGL

Niamh Murphy is a Digital Archivist with the Royal Dublin Society. In our community, optical media imaging is an essential yet challenging task to undertake. Despite the plentiful documentation available in support of this topic, establishing a workflow can leave you questioning: Where do I begin?

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Digital Preservation Soup

Ailie O'Hagan is the Digital Preservation Officer at Queen's University Belfast. She attended the iPRES 2023 Conference with support from the DPC Career Development Fund, which is funded by DPC Supporters. Starting with Digital Preservation is like making stone soup – the more we come together and pool our resources, the better we can sustain our staff and collections needs.

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A Collaborative Approach to Digital Preservation: The Rosetta Community

Daniel Greenberg is Director of Product Management at Ex Libris, part of Clarivate The challenges of digital preservation are constantly evolving. New file formats emerge, old ones become obsolete, and the quest to ensure the longevity of digital assets never ceases. In this changing landscape, one principle remains constant at Ex Libris, part of Clarivate: the power of community-led development. This credo is more than just a philosophy; it's the core of our digital preservation efforts....

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Get Ready ‘cause here comes World Digital Preservation Day

Songs, video clips, hackathons, global events and institutions opening their doors showcasing what digital preservation is all about: That’s World Digital Preservation Day in a nutshell. On Thursday 2 November – in just 2 weeks’ time - World Digital Preservation Day (WDPD) 2023 starts when the sun comes up in Samoa... 

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Participate in World Digital Preservation Day 2023!

The biggest celebration of the year is just one month away today: World Digital Preservation Day (#WDPD2023) will take place on Thursday 2nd November!  The DPC invites all data creators, archivists, curators, community members and digipres folk from around the world to celebrate digital preservation by participating in a whole day dedicated to all of the benefits and opportunities enabled by the hard work of our dynamic and collaborative community.

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What is the carbon footprint of large-scale global digital preservation?

Matthew Addis is the Chief Technology Officer at Arkivum. It was great to be at iPRES 2023 in person again this year.  I was privileged to be invited onto a panel called ‘Tipping Point’ that was run by Paul Stokes and Karen Colbron from Jisc.  The panel questioned the premise that there is so much data being generated each year that we are at the point where we no longer have the ability to process it in any meaningful way, let alone curate and preserve it.  Panellists...

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What is the carbon footprint of large-scale global digital preservation?

Matthew Addis is the Chief Technology Officer at Arkivum. It was great to be at iPRES 2023 in person again this year.  I was privileged to be invited onto a panel called ‘Tipping Point’ that was run by Paul Stokes and Karen Colbron from Jisc.  The panel questioned the premise that there is so much data being generated each year that we are at the point where we no longer have the ability to process it in any meaningful way, let alone curate and preserve it.  Panellists...

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Celebrating 20 DPC members in Australasia and Asia-Pacific!

Robin Wright is Head of Australasia and Asia-Pacific for the Digital Preservation Coalition In January 2018 the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) embarked on a new strategic plan to prepare the transition to a truly global foundation. That ambition was elaborated on in June 2019 when the DPC’s mission was formally expanded to include the following goal statement: To enhance our members’ experience and the capacity of the digital preservation community around the world through the...

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World Digital Preservation Day stickers now available to order!

Update: Due to an overwhelming response, we've temporarily closed the possibility to order stickers. Please check the other possibilities to participate in World Digital Preservation Day 2023 on https://www.dpconline.org/events/world-digital-preservation-day!  

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Digital Preservation Documentation Guide: New DPC resource now available on general release

The Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) has made its newest resource Digital Preservation Documentation: a guide available on general release today, following an exclusive Member preview.  

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Invitation to join our Python Study Group Launch & Information Session

Are you passionate about coding in Python, teaching others and supporting the digital preservation community? Or would you like to improve your coding skills and learn how to use Python for your digital preservation work? 

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Notes on the Clear Blue Yonder: Technical Debt and Digital Preservation

Obfuscate and Accumulate Here’s an idea that comes out of a clear blue sky: we don’t talk enough about technical debt in digital preservation. It’s an important concept and one we could be working with. Technical debt is a term used in software development to describe the costs that arise when an easy or cheap solution is adopted over a fully worked out, properly documented, long-term solution. Expedient or cheap solutions which don’t have forwards compatibility make future changes costly if...

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Webinar on Immersive Media Preservation with Sound and Vision

As part of the research program of Sound & Vision on Immersive Media, Lieve Baetens has conducted research placement on strategies for the selection and preservation of Immersive Media in Cultural Heritage Institutions. You are all invited to join the free webinar organized by Sound & Vision on Tuesday 26 september (10:00 - 11:30 CEST) on Immersive Media Preservation.

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Choosing a Persistent Identifier Type for Your Digital Objects: New Technology Watch Guidance Note now available on general release

The Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) has made the next in its series of Technology Watch Guidance Notes, Choosing a Persistent Identifier Type for Your Digital Objects by Remco van Veenendaal of the National Archives of the Netherlands, available on general release today. 

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