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DPC RAM (version 2) - what has changed and why?

This week, version 2 of DPC RAM, our Rapid Assessment Model was launched (including a new DPC RAM logo courtesy of Sharon McMeekin). This blog post describes what has changed and why.   When DPC’s Rapid Assessment Model was first launched in September 2019 we were aware that future revisions would be required to keep it up-to-date. In an evolving field like digital preservation, good practice develops over time and the models by which we measure ourselves should also change...

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DPC RAM 2.0 now available!

The Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) relaunches an updated version of its Rapid Assessment Model (or DPC RAM) this week. Designed to enable rapid benchmarking of an organization’s digital preservation capability, the DPC RAM is a digital preservation maturity modelling tool which aims to be applicable for organizations of any size in any sector, and for all content of long-term value.

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The Postal Museum’s Case Study of the DPC Rapid Assessment Model

Helen Dafter is the Archivist for The Postal Museum in the UK The Postal Museum cares for the records of Post Office Limited and Royal Mail Group. These records range from employment records, through records of the Great Train Robbery, to digital records capturing the organisational response to the Covid 19 pandemic. My role focuses on developing the museum’s digital preservation capacity. I’m always interested in new tools to support this, especially if they help me articulate what I...

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Creating access to support: Digital Preservation Coalition shares translations of key resources

[ النسخة العربية يتبع / français à suivre / deutsch zu folgen / español a seguir / フォローする日本語版 ] Alongside its annual prospectus of activities which is now available in Arabic , French , German and Spanish , the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) is delighted to share translations of its Rapid Assessment Model (RAM) and the Executive Guide on Digital Preservation. Now available as a PDF download in Japanese and French , the DPC...

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DPC RAM Webinar

Having a clear idea of the current state of your digital preservation capabilities can greatly aid how you plan to enhance your capacity and operations. The DPC’s Rapid Assessment Model (RAM) is a digital preservation maturity modelling tool that has been designed to enable rapid benchmarking of an organisation’s digital preservation capability. The DPC invites everyone interested in benchmarking their digital preservation capabilities to attend this webinar, which will include an...

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Happy Birthday to Ewe!

It is one year since DPC’s Rapid Assessment Model (DPC RAM) was launched at the iPRES conference in Amsterdam (and in this blog post) With a busy DPC week of #WeMissiPRES we couldn’t squeeze in a proper first birthday party for DPC RAM, but we do like an opportunity to celebrate so we couldn’t let this special occasion go by unmarked.   A reminder: DPC RAM is a digital preservation maturity model designed to be quick and easy to use. We designed it in conjunction with the...

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Badar Alrahbi with 'The maturity level of digital preservation in Sultanate of Oman's institutions: a comparative study'

A few studies have been published on the digitisation projects in the Sultanate of Oman. However, long-term digital preservation practices in the country have not, to date, been scrutinised by any academic study. Digital preservation activities in the Sultanate are not new but, before this study, individual initiatives cannot be placed within a community framework of professional practitioners.

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NDSA Levels of Digital Preservation Revision Project

The Levels of Digital Preservation (LoDP or Levels) was first released in 2013 and became a foundational set of practices in the field, used by organizations across the globe. Members of the NDSA Coordinating Committee met in February 2018 to discuss coordinating the disparate attempts to update the 2013 Levels. Based on community feedback, this group proposed including additional materials and guidance resources alongside the revision.

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How we doing?: Digital preservation assessment frameworks at the British Library

Simon Whibley is Digital Collections Conservator at the British Library The digital preservation community has invested a great deal of effort over the past decade into developing ways of evaluating the maturity and trustworthiness of preservation processes and services. The tools and frameworks now available to the community vary from relatively simple maturity models to highly-detailed audit standards designed to support the certification of services and organisations. Over the past...

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From ‘starting digital preservation’ to ‘business as usual’

Anna McNally is Senior Archivist at University of Westminster in the UK The University of Westminster’s Records and Archives team manage the institutional records of the University (founded in 1838), alongside the deposited records of several architects and town planners, and a garment collection (the Westminster Menswear Archive). We started actively managing digital records in 2016 but, in a relatively fast-paced area (compared with paper records!), it’s hard not to always think...

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Assessing where we are with Digital Preservation

Fabiana Barticioti is Digital Assets Manager at LSE Library The DPC launched their Rapid Assessment Model (RAM) to members in September. To keep the momentum going I completed the assessment, in consultation with other colleagues, and submitted it to DPC immediately. I strongly recommend all membership to do it and help DPC to benchmark the DP community efforts.

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Benchmarking with DPC RAM: a workshop

A couple of weeks ago I attended a Digital Archives Learning Exchange event at The National Archives and was really pleased to have the opportunity to talk about DPC’s Rapid Assessment Model - a maturity model for digital preservation that we released at the iPRES conference last month.

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Introducing the DPC RAM

“If you can’t measure it, you can’t control it.” Martin Robb, National Programme Manager, NDA   I’ve heard this phrase several times since starting work on a digital preservation project with the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority here in the UK. Colleagues at the NDA were very keen that as part of our two year project with them, we found an appropropriate way of measuring where they are now in their digital preservation journey and establishing a clear direction of travel. Maturity...

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DPC Rapid Assessment Model introductory webinar

Members, please sign in to watch the recording This members-only webinar introduces the DPC's newest member benefit - the Rapid Assessment Model (RAM). Topics include: how and why it was created who it is for how it should be used benefits for DPC members how to give feedback We are joined by DPC Members who have already applied the RAM. They share some observations about the model and how it might help them move forward with digital preservation within their own...

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How to level up with DPC RAM

The following resources are provided to help you to move forward with digital preservation after carrying out a RAM assessment.   The resources are organized using the 11  sections of DPC RAM so you can quickly skip to the relevant resources if you want to focus on making progress in a particular area.    We are keen that the community learns from the work that others have carried out, so:  Please contact us if you have suggestions of other resources to add to...

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How often should DPC RAM be used?

DPC RAM has continuous improvement at its core! Though it can be used for a one-off exercise it is recommended that it is applied on a more regular basis to highlight progress or demonstrate where further resource is required. It has been designed to provide a rapid assessment of current capabilities so it should not be too onerous a task to apply it on a regular schedule. DPC Members will be encouraged to complete DPC RAM on an annual basis. "The DPC RAM was an easy...

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How should DPC RAM be used?

Applying DPC RAM should be fairly straightforward but there are a few important things to note: The bulleted lists provided as examples within each of the sections are provided as illustrative examples only - you don’t have to tick them all off before you have attained a level. They may not all apply to the context in which you work, or you may have other things that you do that help you reach that level. Make an honest and realistic assessment which level best fits your current...

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How long will it take to use DPC RAM?

The model is designed to be relatively quick and easy to use for any organization charged with preserving digital information for the long term. Some institutions have applied this model in less than 1 hour. For others it may take longer, particularly if wider consultation with a range of colleagues is required or if multiple streams of digital content are being assessed. Note that though establishing where your organization is using DPC RAM may be a relatively quick process,  it...

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Who can use DPC RAM?

DPC RAM can be used by any organization with a need to preserve digital information for the long term. It should be possible to apply it regardless of the sector in which you work or the type of information that is being preserved. The maturity levels are based on existing good practice and try to be agnostic to particular preservation strategies or approaches.   DPC RAM for DPC Members Whilst the model is freely available for anyone to use, DPC Members will have the additional...

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What to do after DPC RAM

After completing your DPC RAM assessment you may want to follow up with some further activities:   Share your assessment with colleagues and senior managers within your organization. A copy of the assessment can be used as a conversation starter to talk about where you are now and what areas would benefit from improvement. Use the results of your assessment as evidence within a business case for digital preservation as it will help to effectively illustrate gaps and priority...

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