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Getting Started with Advocacy for Digital Preservation (Western Timezones)

26th July, 1300 - 1430 UTC and 28th July, 1300 - 1430 UTC (click for local times) This training has been timed to be suitable for attendees in Europe, Africa and the Americas, but you are welcome to attend whichever session you prefer. Introduction Digital preservation relies on a wide range of skills and services, so practitioners and managers must coordinate a diverse set of skills, policies, tools and services from disparate sources within and outside their organisations....

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Benchmarking Access at National Archives of Australia

Rowena Loo is the Director, Digital Archives Innovation and Research at the National Archives of Australia. Access – it’s the end goal of all digital preservation activity and the true test of our digital preservation efforts. After all, if no one’s going to access it, why preserve it? If it’s not technically possible to access it, how can we claim it’s been preserved? However, it’s all too easy to focus on the more immediate challenges of transfer, ingest and file format preservation,...

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Digital Preservation Futures: Business Case Toolkit Booksprint

Background The Digital Preservation Business Case Toolkit was created by the Jisc funded SPRUCE Project in 2013 in a 3-day workshop following a Book Sprint format. Since its creation it has helped many organisations by providing an in-depth guide to writing a business case focused on digital preservation activities. The Toolkit provides an array of helpful information to assist in the construction of a business case, from planning and preparation all the way through to polishing and...

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Digital Preservation Futures: Business Case Toolkit Booksprint

Background The Digital Preservation Business Case Toolkit was created by the Jisc funded SPRUCE Project in 2013 in a 3-day workshop following a Book Sprint format. Since its creation it has helped many organisations by providing an in-depth guide to writing a business case focused on digital preservation activities. The Toolkit provides an array of helpful information to assist in the construction of a business case, from planning and preparation all the way through to polishing and...

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Sharing the Load

Helen Dafter is Archivist at The Postal Museum in the UK Readers of this blog will be well aware of the three legged stool of digital preservation. One key element of this stool is staff skills. For some time I have been concerned that digital preservation skills at The Postal Museum are concentrated in one member of staff (myself). This is undesirable in terms of both organisational and individual resilience.

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Sharing the Load

Helen Dafter is Archivist at The Postal Museum in the UK Readers of this blog will be well aware of the three legged stool of digital preservation. One key element of this stool is staff skills. For some time I have been concerned that digital preservation skills at The Postal Museum are concentrated in one member of staff (myself). This is undesirable in terms of both organisational and individual resilience.

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Registration now open for 'Getting Started with Advocacy for Digital Preservation' training, 26-28 July 2022

Tuesday 26 July 2022 and Thursday 28 July 2022 0700 - 0830 UTC or 1300 - 1430 UTC Registration is now open for 'Getting Started with Advocacy for Digital Preservation' training which will be delivered in two short instructor-led blocks on 26th and 28th July, with timing options designed to be suitable for attendees around the world. Open to all, and free to attend for DPC Members, this workshop comprises a series of presentations, interactive workshops and self-study. Aimed at helping...

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The DPC Competency Framework

The DPC Digital Preservation Competency Framework identifies and describes information on the skills, knowledge, and competencies required for successful digital preservation. It builds on previous work on identifying competencies for digital preservation and guidance from key models of good practice to provide a framework that is: Applicable for organizations of any size and in any sector. Able to support a range of workforce development activities. Preservation strategy and...

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Digital Preservation Awards 2022 Finalists Announced: The DPC 20th Anniversary Award

The Digital Preservation Awards finalists for The Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) 20th Anniversary Award are revealed today, with three enduring projects being recognised for their longevity and durability of contribution to the digital preservation community. Finalists for The DPC 20th Anniversary Award are (in no particular order):

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Digital Preservation Awards 2022 Finalists Announced: The Research Data Alliance Award for the Most Outstanding Digital Preservation Initiative in Commerce, Industry and the Third sector

The next set finalists for the prestigious Digital Preservation Awards 2022 are revealed today, with three exceptional initiatives which demonstrate digital preservation excellence in agencies that would not traditionally consider themselves to be ‘memory institutions.’ Finalists for The Research Data Alliance (RDA) Award for the Most Outstanding Digital Preservation Initiative in Commerce, Industry and the Third sector are (in no particular order):

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Digital Preservation Awards 2022 Finalists Announced: Software Sustainability Institute Award for Research and Innovation

The next set of finalists for the prestigious Digital Preservation Awards 2022 is revealed today, with another three innovative and impressive initiatives being recognised for their achievements.

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Digital Preservation Awards 2022 Finalists Announced: Dutch Digital Heritage Network Award for Teaching and Communications

The next set of finalists for the prestigious Digital Preservation Awards 2022 is revealed, with three more creative initiatives being recognised for their achievements! Finalists for the Award for Teaching and Communications, sponsored by Sound & Vision and the National Archives of the Netherlands on behalf of the Dutch Digital Heritage Network, are (in no particular order):

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Digital Preservation Awards 2022 Finalists Announced: Dutch Digital Heritage Network Award for Teaching and Communications

The next set of finalists for the prestigious Digital Preservation Awards 2022 is revealed, with three more creative initiatives being recognised for their achievements! Finalists for the Award for Teaching and Communications, sponsored by Sound & Vision and the National Archives of the Netherlands on behalf of the Dutch Digital Heritage Network, are (in no particular order):

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Digital Preservation Awards 2022 Finalists Announced: International Council on Archives Award for Collaboration & Co-operation

The next set of finalists for the prestigious Digital Preservation Awards 2022 is revealed today, with two exceptional projects being recognised for their collaborative achievements. Finalists for the International Council on Archives (ICA) Award for Collaboration and Co-operation are (in no particular order): Kickstart Cymru: Enhancing digital preservation capacity in Wales ARCHIVER - Archiving and Preservation for Research Environments Read more about the Digital Preservation...

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Digital Preservation Awards 2022: The Finalists

Finalists for the International Council on Archives (ICA) Award for Collaboration and Co-operation are (in no particular order): Kickstart Cymru: Enhancing digital preservation capacity in Wales ARCHIVER - Archiving and Preservation for Research Environments   Finalists for the Software Sustainability Institute (SSI) Award for Research and Innovation are (in no particular order): The effective preservation of archaeological virtual reconstructions Enabling DNA as...

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Digital Preservation Awards 2022 Finalists Announced: The National Archives (UK) Award for the Most Distinguished Student Work

The first set of finalists for the prestigious Digital Preservation Awards 2022 is revealed today, with three impressive individuals being recognised for their distinguished student work. Neil Jefferies from the University of Oxford Bodleian Libraries and Chair of the Judging Panel, said: “Digital preservation activities have continued apace throughout the pandemic, and with workplaces adopting more online tools and remote working, the need to maintain access to digital materials can...

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Digital Preservation Awards 2022 Finalists Announced: The National Archives (UK) Award for the Most Distinguished Student Work

The first set of finalists for the prestigious Digital Preservation Awards 2022 is revealed today, with three impressive individuals being recognised for their distinguished student work. Neil Jefferies from the University of Oxford Bodleian Libraries and Chair of the Judging Panel, said: “Digital preservation activities have continued apace throughout the pandemic, and with workplaces adopting more online tools and remote working, the need to maintain access to digital materials can...

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Professional archives and records education for the 21st Century

Aberystwyth University has been providing post-graduate education for those starting careers as archives and records professionals since the mid-1950s, the normal route into the profession, with a dedicated master’s course located in the Department of Information Studies (DIS) since the early 1990s. The current MA in Archives and Records Management (ARM) is offered both full-time on campus and by distance learning for those already in paid or volunteer roles in a relevant organisation. The...

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Managing Digital Archives online learning course from ICA

ICA’s “Managing Digital Archives” online learning course is unique in the depth and breadth of content and in its accessibility and affordability to archivists, records managers and affiliated professionals around the world. It is learner-paced training which provides a thorough grounding in the management of archives in digital formats. By the time learners have completed the course they will have gained the understanding and knowledge they need to set up and/or run their own digital archives...

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Learning through doing: building digital preservation skills in Wales

The Learning through doing digital preservation project used the communication technologies to share skills and build knowledge through two initiatives:

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