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Federal Agencies Digital Guidelines Initiative (FADGI): Supporting Collaboration, Cooperation and Community Building for Digital Preservation

For almost 15 years, the Federal Agencies Digital Guidelines Initiative (FADGI) has been a model for collaboration, cooperation and community building in the multifaceted and maturing digital preservation landscape. What first started in 2007 as an idea to bring together emerging scanning and digitization expertise from US federal agencies has evolved into a global model for knowledge and resource sharing that not only services the cultural heritage community but also...

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PREMIS Data Dictionary and related resources

At the turn of the millennium no clear digital preservation metadata recommendation existed. Various element sets had been released by different organizations, but all served different scopes and purposes. By 2002 it became clear that a central Preservation Metadata Framework could significantly benefit the community and give it a lingua franca, not only allowing us to build interoperable workflows but also to better compare preservation processes. This preservation metadata should include, in...

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

Learning through doing: building digital preservation skills in Wales The Learning by doing initiative is rooted in addressing issues arising from digital preservation in a practical way and addressing them collectively. The opportunities presented by the use of platforms such as Teams and Zoom enabled proactive engagement and facilitated connection across Wales. These platforms were used to deliver the Saving the Bits training programme which provided a general introduction to digital...

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Digital Preservation Awards 2022 - Finalists: The International Council on Archives Award for Collaboration and Cooperation

Kickstart Cymru: Enhancing digital preservation capacity in Wales Kickstart Cymru builds on the work that has been undertaken in Wales to preserve and provide access to digital information now and in the future. Underpinned by the Digital Preservation Policy for Wales, it is a multi-stranded initiative involving archivists, researchers, consultants, students and IT professionals to promote digital preservation in the local authority, education and cultural sectors. It is responsive to...

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

Catherine Alexander, 'An Investigation of Environmentally Sustainable Digital Preservation in Scotland' This study examines the ways in which the subject area of environmentally sustainable digital preservation has been received and responded to by professionals in the Scottish digital preservation sector. Taking the vital nature of action against climate change at all levels of society as a starting point, an investigation into the ways in which digital preservation can be made more...

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

The effective preservation of archaeological virtual reconstructions Many different professional communities are currently working on the preservation of complex digital objects, but there is not a unified structure drawing together all the numerous threads around preserving archaeological virtual reconstructions. This PhD programme showed that archaeological virtual reconstructions are a blend of artistic and scientific creativity. These ‘hybrid digital objects’ require delicate care to be...

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Digital Preservation Awards 2022 - Finalists: The International Council on Archives Award for Collaboration and Cooperation

Kickstart Cymru: Enhancing digital preservation capacity in Wales Kickstart Cymru builds on the work that has been undertaken in Wales to preserve and provide access to digital information now and in the future. Underpinned by the Digital Preservation Policy for Wales, it is a multi-stranded initiative involving archivists, researchers, consultants, students and IT professionals to promote digital preservation in the local authority, education and cultural sectors. It is responsive to...

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

The effective preservation of archaeological virtual reconstructions Many different professional communities are currently working on the preservation of complex digital objects, but there is not a unified structure drawing together all the numerous threads around preserving archaeological virtual reconstructions. This PhD programme showed that archaeological virtual reconstructions are a blend of artistic and scientific creativity. These ‘hybrid digital objects’ require delicate care to be...

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Digital Preservation Awards 2022 - Finalists: The National Records of Scotland Award for Safeguarding the Digital Legacy

Archiving Reproductive Health The 'Digital Preservation of Reproductive Health Resources: Archiving the 8th' (Archiving Reproductive Health) project aims to provide long-term preservation and access to at-risk born-digital content generated by grassroots women’s reproductive health movements before and during the campaign to repeal the 8th Amendment of the Irish Constitution. Funded by Wellcome and administered by the Digital Repository of Ireland, the project is publishing and...

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

Learning through doing: building digital preservation skills in Wales The Learning by doing initiative is rooted in addressing issues arising from digital preservation in a practical way and addressing them collectively. The opportunities presented by the use of platforms such as Teams and Zoom enabled proactive engagement and facilitated connection across Wales. These platforms were used to deliver the Saving the Bits training programme which provided a general introduction to digital...

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Digital Preservation Awards 2022 - Finalists: The Digital Preservation Coalition 20th Anniversary Award

PREMIS Data Dictionary and related resources PREMIS is the de-facto standard for preservation metadata and is today implemented in countless digital preservation systems – open as well as closed source, serving large archives as well as small repositories, supporting end-to-end processes as well as tools for specific tasks. But PREMIS is also much more than metadata: the Data Dictionary is a description of core information about digital objects. It can be used to implement PREMIS, but also to...

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Digital Preservation Awards 2022 - Finalists: The Digital Preservation Coalition 20th Anniversary Award

PREMIS Data Dictionary and related resources PREMIS is the de-facto standard for preservation metadata and is today implemented in countless digital preservation systems – open as well as closed source, serving large archives as well as small repositories, supporting end-to-end processes as well as tools for specific tasks. But PREMIS is also much more than metadata: the Data Dictionary is a description of core information about digital objects. It can be used to implement PREMIS, but also to...

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

Catherine Alexander, 'An Investigation of Environmentally Sustainable Digital Preservation in Scotland' This study examines the ways in which the subject area of environmentally sustainable digital preservation has been received and responded to by professionals in the Scottish digital preservation sector. Taking the vital nature of action against climate change at all levels of society as a starting point, an investigation into the ways in which digital preservation can be made more...

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Digital Preservation Awards 2022 - Finalists: The National Records of Scotland Award for Safeguarding the Digital Legacy

Archiving Reproductive Health The 'Digital Preservation of Reproductive Health Resources: Archiving the 8th' (Archiving Reproductive Health) project aims to provide long-term preservation and access to at-risk born-digital content generated by grassroots women’s reproductive health movements before and during the campaign to repeal the 8th Amendment of the Irish Constitution. Funded by Wellcome and administered by the Digital Repository of Ireland, the project is publishing and...

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

National Centre for Truth & Reconciliation The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR) is devoted to the study of the history and legacy of the Canadian residential school program. In 2020 the NCTR won a $6 million Canadian Foundation for Innovation grant (CFI) to develop a digital preservation program for over four million digital documents and 7,000 recordings of Indigenous testimonies of the history and legacy of the residential school program. The project created a digital...

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

National Centre for Truth & Reconciliation The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR) is devoted to the study of the history and legacy of the Canadian residential school program. In 2020 the NCTR won a $6 million Canadian Foundation for Innovation grant (CFI) to develop a digital preservation program for over four million digital documents and 7,000 recordings of Indigenous testimonies of the history and legacy of the residential school program. The project created a digital...

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Call for Applicants: DPC Grants for ARA 2022 Conference

The DPC is pleased to offer two Career Development Fund grants for Members to attend the Archives and Records Association 2022 Conference (ARA2022) taking place 31st August – 2nd September in Chester, UK. Each grant will cover 100% of the registration fees for full conference attendance (includes two nights accommodation). Applications are welcomed from DPC Members until the grant deadline of 07:00 UTC on 7th June 2022.

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EPISODE 7: Digital Preservation Futures with Artefactual

When: Thursday 19 May 2022, 16:30 - 17:30 UTC+1 (click for local times) Where: Zoom This series of webinars will showcase the product and service offerings of each of our DPC Supporters in turn in response to a current theme which reflects member interests.  DPC Supporter products and services form an important part of how we address the digital preservation challenge. This series aims to present - in the context of member concerns - a portion of the digital preservation marketplace...

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Digitisation of The Scotsman Collection: Digital Access and Preservation at Historic Environment Scotland

Christopher Viney is Archive Digitisation Officer at Historic Environment Scotland Over the past decade issues in access to archival collections have been thrown sharply into focus demonstrating the value of digitising analogue archival material. This provides a greater level of access and mitigates potential barriers that can often shut people out of our institutions. Indeed, digitisation and digital preservation provides a key tool in the work of Historic Environment Scotland to...

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Digitisation of The Scotsman Collection: Digital Access and Preservation at Historic Environment Scotland

Christopher Viney is Archive Digitisation Officer at Historic Environment Scotland Over the past decade issues in access to archival collections have been thrown sharply into focus demonstrating the value of digitising analogue archival material. This provides a greater level of access and mitigates potential barriers that can often shut people out of our institutions. Indeed, digitisation and digital preservation provides a key tool in the work of Historic Environment Scotland to...

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