Preservation Lifecycle

The digital preservation lifecycle refers to all of the stages required to preserve and sustain access to digital content; from creation to ingest, management and administration to access and reuse.

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Born digital archive cataloguing and description: DPC publishes new Technology Watch Guidance Note on Access to Digital Collections

The Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) has released a Member preview of the next in its series of Technology Watch Guidance Notes entitled Born digital archive cataloguing and description, by Jenny Bunn, today. Born digital archive cataloguing and description seeks to provide guidance to support organisations and individuals in making sense of the technological developments relating to the presentation and accessibility of their collection information.

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Digital Preservation Futures Event: The Future of Storage

Introduction The use of storage technology for digital preservation has changed dramatically over the last twenty years. During this time, there has been a change in practice. Previously, the norm was for storing digital materials using discrete media items e.g. individual CDs, tapes, etc., which are then migrated periodically to address degradation and obsolescence. Today, it has become more common practice to use resilient IT storage systems for the increasingly large volumes of digital...

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Digital Preservation Workflows Webinar Series and COW-a-thon event

Recordings of Workflows Webinar Series (DPC Members please login to view) 20th April, 1300 - 1430 (UK) Episode 1: Preparations and ingest Business planning with Jaye Weatherburn, University of Melbourne Pre-ingest checks and ingest preparation for digital legal deposit material with Roxana Maurer, Bibliotheque nationale du Luxembourg Ingest to Digital Asset Management System (DAMS) with Fabi Barticioti, LSE Library 22nd April, 1300 - 1430 (UK) Episode...

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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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Navigating work through Zoom séances

Audrey Drohan is Digital Library Manager at University College Dublin UCD Digital Library went into ‘Work From Home’ mode on Friday 13th March 2020, and it was quite a surreal transition. One minute I was in the building with all of my colleagues, putting a few things into Google folders for the two weeks we were going to be out of the office, and the next minute my office became a roving location in my house: first the kitchen, then the sitting room, and finally the spare room. ...

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A remote year at the ADS

Tim Evans is Deputy Director at the Archaeology Data Service. As I would imagine is the case with the vast majority of people, it's been an unusual year at the Archaeology Data Service. Since moving into lockdown 12 months ago most members of staff have been working remotely, connected only by the ubiquitous Zoom meetings. With Spring in the air, and things  just showing signs of returning to normal here in the UK it's inevitably a time for reflection.

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What’s Up, (with Google) Docs? – The Challenge of Native Cloud Formats

Paul Young is Digital Preservation Specialist/Researcher at The National Archives UK The Challenge The National Archives has recently been looking at the issue of transferring material from departments with Google Workspace Environments (previously GSuite). The rise in cloud document management has brought new challenges which require changes to existing processes and methods.  One of the biggest issues is dealing with the Google native cloud formats produced by the suite of...

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Ingest scheduling for DAMS at LSE: blending technical and curatorial input

Fabiana Barticioti is Digital Assets Manager at  LSE Library LSE Library has just completed an assessment of the significance of our major legacy digitised collections to help inform our Preservation Programme. The outcome is a focused and short list of collections deemed to be suitable for long-term preservation. The decision process had some technical aspects, but the exercise was mostly curatorial. LSE Library started its digital preservation journey back in 2009. Initial...

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DPC releases new Technology Watch Guidance Note – Which checksum algorithm should I use?

The Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) is delighted to launch the next in its series of Technology Watch Guidance Notes entitled Which checksum algorithm should I use?  by Matthew Addis today. As the title suggests, Which checksum algorithm should I use? is intended to help answer one of the perennial questions in digital preservation. Starting by defining key terms, the report goes on to identify the reasons for using checksums and the algorithms which could be applied, before...

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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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Member preview of new Technology Watch Guidance Note – Which checksum algorithm should I use?

The DPC has released a Member preview of the next in its series of Technology Watch Guidance Notes entitled Which checksum algorithm should I use? by Matthew Addis today. As the title suggests, Which checksum algorithm should I use? is intended to help answer one of the perennial questions in digital preservation. Starting by defining key terms, the report goes on to identify the reasons for using checksums and the algorithms which could be applied, before providing practical advice on...

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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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Undelete our government

Richard Ovenden OBE is the President of the Digital Preservation Coalition This article was originally published in the FInancial Times on the Wednesday 14th October and this version can be accessed here.  Deep in the stacks of the Bodleian Library in Oxford is a remarkable sheet of paper written sometime in the 1660s. It contains an exchange of private messages between King Charles II and his chief minister, Edward Hyde, Earl of Clarendon. The document contains the handwriting of the...

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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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UNHCR Records and Archives

Introduction  Since 1996 UNHCR has preserved critical digital information[i] about situations that have shaped our world and it continues to do so. Faced with the largest refugee crisis the world has ever seen, UNHCR has a mandate to protect some of the most vulnerable in our global society – refugees, the internally displaced and stateless. This includes the preservation of its records and archives.  [i] In 1996 UNHCR RAS started to preserve email

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A new way of sharing nursing history – Royal College of Nursing member and public digital archives

The purpose of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) member digital archive is to provide members and staff with exclusive access to designated resources within the RCN digital archive. Since 2017 the RCN archive team have been using Preservica digital preservation software to manage, preserve and provide access to born-digital and digitised material. Staff have access to their own records within this cloud-based archive using the Preservica Explorer dashboard. Making use of Preservica’s...

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Amplifying change: A history of the Atlantic Philanthropies on the island of Ireland

The Digital Repository of Ireland (DRI) is a trusted Digital Repository (TDR) for the preservation, curation, and dissemination of Ireland’s humanities, social sciences, and cultural heritage data. The Rare and Manuscript Collections (RMC) is Cornell University’s primary repository of rare books, manuscripts, and archival materials and it houses the recent donation of the Atlantic Philanthropies complete business archives. DRI and RMC are jointly nominating ‘Amplifying change’, an...

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