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Benchmarking with DPC RAM: Results of member survey 2022

This online members-only event will be held on the 17th of August from 6:30am to 7:30am UTC (click for local time). Introduction The DPC’s Rapid Assessment Model is a maturity modelling tool for digital preservation. With the concept of continuous improvement at its heart, it is considered to be of most value when used regularly to check in on progress and adjust targets. The DPC therefore encourages members to carry out a self-assessment using DPC RAM on an annual basis, and members are...

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DPC RAM: Levelling up

Silvia Gallotti is an Archivist at the LSE Library. The past In 2019, my colleague Fabi Barticioti, LSE Digital Assets Manager, completed the DPC Rapid Assessment Model (RAM) to assess the status quo of LSE Library digital preservation. Fabi wrote a very useful blog post about this, where she also encourages colleagues to use this model. At the time, the Library had only just acquired the DAMS and appointed a Digital Assets Manager. Based on digitised collections only, 6 out of 11...

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RAM-bulance Surgery Sessions

Do you need help or advice to complete your DPC RAM assessment? Do you have questions about the model? Do you want a friendly chat in confidence with DPC staff to help you get the most from your self-assessment? Each year we ask DPC Members to complete a DPC RAM Assessment so that we can collate Member data and create benchmarking information to help organizations plan their digital preservation work, and inform our own support activities. If you would like help or advice on completing your...

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DPC Rapid Assessment Model: Turkish translation now available!

[Türkçe versiyonu aşağıdadır] The Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) is delighted to share a Turkish translation of its Rapid Assessment Model (RAM), with thanks to Dr. Özhan Sağlik at Bursa Uludağ University in Turkey and Nathalie Defne Gier and Mustafa Ergül at Koç University in Turkey who generously donated their time to make the resource accessible. Now available as a PDF download in Turkish, the second edition of the DPC RAM is a digital preservation maturity modelling tool that has...

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RAM FAQ for DPC Members

On this page we provide answers to the questions that DPC Members have asked us about using DPC RAM. If you have any other questions you think we should add to this resource, please let us know.   What support can I get for completing a RAM self-assessment? All DPC members are eligible for advice and support on their annual RAM assessment from the DPC. We can talk through your assessment with you, discuss your target levels and answer any questions you might have. Do contact us if you...

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How is DPC RAM being used?

How is DPC RAM being used? Here are some examples of how DPC RAM has been used by members of the community to help benchmark their progress in digital preservation. If you have a example of DPC RAM in action that you would like to share please contact us: Assessing where we are with digital preservation - a blog post from Fabiana Barticioti, Digital Assets Manager at LSE Library From 'starting digital preservation' to 'business as usual' - a blog post from Anna McNally, Senior...

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How was DPC RAM developed?

How was it developed? The model is primarily based on Adrian Brown's Digital Preservation Maturity Model (published in Practical Digital Preservation: a how-to guide for organizations of any size, 2013). This model was developed with the following guiding principles in mind. It aimed to be: Applicable for organizations of any size and in any sector Applicable for all content of long-term value Preservation strategy and solution agnostic Based on existing good practice Simple to...

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DPC Rapid Assessment Model: Italian translation now available!

[segue la versione italiana] The Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) is delighted to share an Italian translation of its Rapid Assessment Model (RAM), with thanks to Giulia Brecciaroli at the British Library and Elena Nepoti at Imperial War Museums in the UK who generously donated their time to make the resource accessible.

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Unprecedented times

Hania Smerecka is Archivist at Lloyds Banking Group I sat down to write this during a violent flurry of Whatsapp pings - friends discussing fresh instructions to work from home. I’m not sure how the latest announcements make me feel. Nervous probably, but lucky too, as we got through the last two years safely, adapted, and are in pretty good shape to face whatever is coming.   Our Preservica cloud instance had not yet gone live when Covid first hit the news. We were still finding our...

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RAM Jam: Improving digital preservation capability with DPC RAM

In a jam with digital preservation? Wondering how to make a start? Need advice on moving from an awareness of the challenges to positive actions? This informal, Members-only workshop is for you! This new workshop in our ‘RAM Jam’ series is aimed at those who would like advice and guidance on moving up to the ‘basic’ level (level 2) of DPC’s Rapid Assessment Model.  The Rapid Assessment Model is DPC’s maturity model for digital preservation. It is assumed that attendees have some...

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DPC Rapid Assessment Model: Japanese translation now available!

日本語版が続きます The Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) is delighted to share a Japanese translation of its Rapid Assessment Model (RAM), with thanks to volunteer contributors. Now available as a PDF download in Japanese, the second edition of the DPC RAM is a digital preservation maturity modelling tool that has been designed to enable rapid benchmarking of an organization’s digital preservation capability. “When we first released DPC RAM just over 2 years ago we had no idea it would be...

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Breaking down barriers with DiAGRAM

David is a senior digital archivist at The National Archives in the UK. Original development With DiAGRAM (the Digital Archiving Graphical Risk Assessment Model) we are trying to break down barriers to digital preservation in two ways: firstly, to help archivists make progress with digital preservation by showing them which interventions will have the greatest impact in reducing the risks to their digital materials; secondly by making sure that the tool itself does not present barriers...

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OAIS: Isn’t that a British rock band with delusions of grandeur? Breaking down barriers by sharing knowledge

Carey Garvie is Project Officer, Digital Archives Innovation and Research at the National Archives of Australia After a hectic September of virtual conferences and opportunities to connect and share stories about how the National Archives of Australia does digital preservation with the broader community, I finally got a chance to sit back and start writing our blog for World Digital Preservation Day 2021 (WDPD2021). Reflecting on the theme of ‘Breaking Down Barriers’ and making...

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DPC Rapid Assessment Model: New language versions now available!

[français à suivre / español a seguir / português a seguir] The Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) is delighted to share translations of its Rapid Assessment Model (RAM) in French, Portuguese and Spanish, with thanks to volunteer contributors around the world.

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5 tips to rock the RAM

Kimberley Harsley is an Archivist at the Natwest Group. The introduction of the DPC’s Rapid Assessment Model (RAM) in 2019 came at a perfect time for me. Still reasonably new to NatWest Group Archives, it was a great opportunity for me to learn more about our digital preservation work whilst contributing to it. This month, I revisited the RAM to assess how far we’ve come since then. I found it much easier the second time around as I was more familiar with the content and the archive itself....

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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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Previous Versions of DPC RAM

Previous versions of DPC Rapid Assessment Model are available below: Version 1 Version 1 (2019) - The DPC Rapid Assessment Model - the full model, introductory text and a worksheet Version 1 translations: Français  - Grille d'évaluation rapide (French) 日本語  - デジタル保存連合 ラピッド・アセスメントモデル (Japanese) Português - Modelo de avaliação rápida (Portuguese)  

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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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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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