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Let’s talk about FRED Watch Party

20 Jun 2024 at 5:00am - 20 Jun 2024 at 6:30am UTC
Members Only

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This watch party follows workshops originally held on 18th April 2024, which focused on two key topics related to the FRED Forensic Workstation and its use to support digital preservation activities.

A FRED is a piece of hardware that can be used to support digital preservation activities - particularly the transfer of born digital content from storage media. Though it is more often in use for digital data recovery in criminal investigations, the need to create authentic copies of digital content received on a variety of different devices is also a key part of our digital preservation workflows and increasingly, a FRED is seen as an important element of a well-resourced digital preservation set-up.

Two main questions have arisen when talking about the FRED with Members:

  • Given the substantial price tag for purchase of a FRED and limited budgets, is this something that we do all need? What are the limitations of the FRED? Can we perform all the tasks using alternative tools and technologies?

  • Given many users of FRED are working in quite different contexts to us (for example in law enforcement) and that training and support available is aimed primarily at Forensic Examiners, eDiscovery Specialists and First Responders, how do we as the digital preservation practitioners make the most of the FRED and configure it to meet our own aims and objectives? 

This watch party will include a live presentation from Amy Ibbotson, Queensland State Archives.


All presentations will be recorded and made available to DPC Members and Supporters via this web page after the event (login to DPC website required).

Please note – DPC Members do not need to register in order to access the recordings after the event.


Registration is open to DPC Members. Full Members may register 5 attendees and Associate Members may register 1 attendee for this event. 

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Registration will close 48 hours before the event starts. If you wish to register after registration has closed, please email

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If you register for this event and find that you can no longer attend, you are welcome to send a colleague in your place. If you need to cancel, please email with the event name. If cancelling please try to provide more than 48 hours’ notice before the scheduled event time, otherwise a cancellation fee of £50 may apply.

DPC Inclusion & Diversity Policy

The DPC Community is guided by the values set out in our Strategic Plan and aims to be respectful, welcoming, inclusive and transparent. We encourage diversity in all its forms and are committed to being accessible to everyone who wishes to engage with the topic of digital preservation, whilst remaining technology and vendor neutral. We ask all those who are part of this community to be positive, accepting, and sensitive to the needs and feelings of others in alignment with our DPC Inclusion & Diversity Policy.

Event Location: Online