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Software Preservation Network’s Community Engagement Collaborative Event

Added on 30 May 2022

The Software Preservation Network’s Community Engagement Collaborative invites you to join us for the upcoming SPN Forum, “Building a Video Game Collection - Legal Considerations for Preservation”! The event will take place on Thursday, June 16th, 2022 at 12pm ET | 4pm UTC (see your local time).

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Vacancy for Impact Manager - UK Data Service at Jisc

Hybrid

From £30,000 to £34,000 per annum depending on experience

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Vacancy for Marketing and Communications Manager at UK Data Archive

19 June 2022

Colchester

£34,304 - £40,927 per annum, pro-rata

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Vacancy for IT Systems Officer at UK Data Archive

26 June 2022

Colchester

£31,406 - £34,304 per annum

Fixed Term

Discover ARCHIVER services for long term digital preservation of scientific datasets: Pilot End-Phase Event, June 13

Added on 6 June 2022

ARCHIVER Pilot End Phase event bannerARCHIVER is a unique initiative in the context of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) that over a three year pre-commercial procurement process developed innovative services for Long Term Digital Preservation of scientific datasets. R&D was performed competitively by commercial suppliers, over 3 phases, selecting pilot services led by Arkivum and LIBNOVA, for scientific data archiving and preservation. The R&D was driven by a diverse range of stakeholders including CERN, operating the Large Hadron Collider near Geneva, DESY (the Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron, in Germany), EMBL-EBI (European Bioinformatics Institute, in Cambridge), and PIC (Port d’Informació Científica, near Barcelona), contributing high-value datasets associated to the EOSC.

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Preserving Born-Digital Design and Construction Records: New DPC Technology Watch Report now available on general release

Added on 6 June 2022

3D TWRThe Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) has made the next in its series of Technology Watch Reports on Preserving Born-Digital Design and Construction Records by Aliza Leventhal and Jody Thompson, available on general release today.

Published by the DPC in association with the UK Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA), Preserving Born-Digital Design and Construction Records aims to support archival professionals, as well as active designers and facilities managers. It offers those considering acquisition, preservation and access with approaches which account for both the technical and cultural components of the broad range of born-digital design and construction records created throughout the course of designing, building, and maintaining a built space.

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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 preserved effectively in the long term. Thus, when considering a virtual reconstruction project, there are practical aspects that need to be tackled. In addressing these issues, this thesis presents a foundation (preservation framework) for how those various sectors fit together.

Enabling DNA as a digital preservation medium

DNA is the ultimate preservation medium, developed by nature to preserve the code of every organism on earth. Twist Bioscience is paving the way to harness the benefits of DNA for digital data storage and digital preservation. Through this initiative Twist Bioscience has been able to build a MB-scale working solution, that has been used in a few digital preservation projects (UNICEF, museums, artists, libraries) and are on their way to completing a GB-scale solution, followed by a TB-scale solution. The initiative is the most advanced in the digital preservation market and the only one offering DNA at a reasonable cost for preserving digital information.

Enriching, Empowering, and Future-proofing: The benefits of Linked (Open) Data for archives

Over the past decade, an increasing volume of archival data has been published as Linked Data(LD), however, the benefits that LD brings to the archives sector, and its role in ensuring the future sustainability of digital assets, remain little understood. To address this gap, this study uses documentary analysis to construct a comprehensive and cohesive narrative of the benefits of LD for the archives sector. The study provides a timely and robust evidence-base of the benefits of LD and problematizes them to identify the barriers created by current practices which prevent the archives sector from fully experiencing these benefits.

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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 specific sectoral needs, but with an overarching aim of enhancing digital preservation capacity. Elements of the initiative include building skills; addressing specific digital preservation issues, co-creation of documentation and providing kits to undertaken practical preservation.

ARCHIVER - Archiving and Preservation for Research Environments

ARCHIVER is a unique initiative in the context of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) that spent 3 years developing innovative services for Long Term Digital Preservation of scientific datasets. R&D was performed competitively by commercial suppliers, over 3 phases, selecting pilot services led by Arkivum and LIBNOVA, for scientific data archiving and preservation. The R&D was driven by a diverse range of stakeholders including CERN, operating the Large Hadron Collider near Geneva, DESY (the Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron, in Germany), the EMBL-EBI (European Bioinformatics Institute, in Cambridge), and PIC (Port d’Informació Científica, near Barcelona), contributing high-value datasets associated to the EOSC.

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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 infrastructure and workplan for preservation of its digital holdings to make NCTR materials meaningfully available to Indigenous communities in support of the rights and dignity of Indigenous peoples.

Long-term preservation of Digital Health Records

São João University Hospital Center (SJUHC) Health Records Repository implemented a long-term digital preservation repository capable of ingesting, preserving and providing access to digital clinical information, ensuring its authenticity, reliability and accessibility. The Health Records Repository project is part of the Hospital’s digital transformation strategy, promoting change in the management of daily medical records through the implementation of procedures for preparation, digitization and preservation of health records. The results of the last two years of activity of the Health Records Digital Repository reveal a higher efficiency in the access and reuse of clinical information in the context of healthcare.

Mahou-San Miguel: Preserving the Legacy of the Leading Spanish Brewery Company

The leading Spanish brewing company, Mahou San Miguel, has been working on building the company's Historical Archive, both physical and virtual. In order to enhance the value of the work of several years of digitization of its valuable collections, for whose work they have even been nominated for the Spanish National Award for the Restoration and Curation of Cultural Assets, and to protect it for the future, the project has been reinforced with the preservation and dissemination of its digital archives, accessible to the public through its new virtual museum. They have one of the most important single-author photography collections from the 19th century in Europe: ALMAYSO. The collection has more than 6,000 digitized negatives from the 19th and early 20th century.

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