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

Free to attend and open to all, the Workflows Webinar series will showcase just some of the digital preservation workflow processes developed and implemented by DPC Member institutions. Each speaker will present their workflow, which represents a part of the digital preservation process, system or content type, before we open the floor for discussion and a chance to ask questions.

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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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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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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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DiAGRAM (the Digital Archiving Graphical Risk Assessment Model created by the Safeguarding the Nation’s Digital Memory project)

DiAGRAM is a probabilistic model of digital preservation risk, and online tool that the archivist can use as part of their preservation planning. Firstly, some context. Digital archives have a crucial role keeping evidence for future generations – never more important than during and in the aftermath of a global pandemic. Today, the digital archivist is confronted by a sharp increase in the amount of data they need to preserve, against the backdrop of rapid technological change, and budgetary...

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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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Digital Preservation Policy Toolkit

DPC Members only: please login to access all of the sections below. This Toolkit provides information to assist in the construction of a digital preservation policy. It will help guide you from initial research and preparation phases, to drafting your policy, gathering feedback and, finally, polishing and communicating the finished policy.  There is no one-size-fits-all formula for writing a digital preservation policy. How you write your policy will depend on your own context and...

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Suite deal for DPC Members

It's been all action at the DPC in recent weeks, what with new members of staff and even a new office in Australia, but we've also been beavering away on some new member offerings in the background. In this blog post I'm going to talk about a suite of new (and revised) resources for our members which will be appearing over the next few months.

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Ready, steady, sprint….or how to write a policy toolkit in 3 days

Many years ago I ran a half marathon in Bristol but running a book sprint there was an entirely different proposition. It could be argued however that both were exhausting and rewarding in equal measure! Last week, DPC staff joined with colleagues from the University of Bristol and a small group of invited experts to work on a new resource for DPC Members - a Digital Preservation Policy Toolkit.

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It Takes a Village… to Manage Digital Assets

Helen Hockx-Yu is Enterprise Data Architect at the University of Notre Dame in the USA The University of Notre Dame (UND) is a private research university located in the United States. I joined UND in 2016 as a programme manager for digital asset management. Since 2009, various initiatives have taken place to address the challenge but they have largely been specific in their scope and not broadly adopted across the University as a whole. I was expected to build on the previous work, to...

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Perspective in Digital Preservation

Alberto Castro Thompson, Ana Yuri Ramírez Molina and Lisandro Pablo Olivares work in the Innovation and Digital Strategy Coordination (CIED) team at Biblioteca Nacional de México The National Library of Mexico (BNM) is legally empowered by a Decree of Legal Deposit of national scope since 1812[i] and last modified in 1991, being in this reform where publications in electronic formats are included for the first time.

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DOCUMENT THIS. And this. And this, too.

Amy Rudersdorf is a Senior Consultant with AVP in the USA As a consultant with AVP, I work with many different types of organizations to help them assess and optimize their digital preservation programs. I have the opportunity to really dig into the inner workings of these digital preservation environments. I've found that it is very common for institutions to have very little documentation relating to their digital preservation programs. Sure, you know what you're doing, but...

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Inspiring Confidence: Securing ARCW Security

Sally McInnes is Chair of the ARCW Digital Preservation Group and Head of Unique Collections and Collections Care at the National Library of Wales It has been two years since the Archives and Records Council launched its National Digital Preservation Policy on International Digital Preservation Day, 2017.  Since then, ARCW has made considerable progress in supporting the policy, the aims of which are to: To ensure digital resources of enduring value are selected for preservation and...

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