16 June 2021 | Various times Online

DPC Members are invited to join us for ‘Connecting the Bits’ 2021, which will take place online in two parts to enable members in different time zones to attend.

Who is the event for?

'Connecting the Bits' is for DPC Members only and designed to privilege operational staff working directly on digital preservation. We are particularly keen to hear from three groups:

  • Junior staff recently appointed and looking for opportunities to build their professional networks;
  • New entrants to digital preservation seeking to apply professional know-how to this new field;
  • Experienced practitioners who might not normally attend the DPC Board but have clear insights into the challenges of digital preservation in their own institutions and are well placed to steer the DPC's practical programme.

Senior staff, researchers and students are also welcome, though it is the practical know how that will be most prominent.

How does it work?

Connecting the Bits will take place on Wednesday 16th June in two parts (plus informal networking session) to enable members from different time-zones to participate as follows:

Part 1

07:00 - 10:00 UTC

Networking Session

11:30 - 12:30 UTC

Part 2

14:00 - 17:00 UTC

In each part we will begin with an exciting programme of fast-paced lightning talks, giving members the opportunity to take the floor and exchange ideas, showcase work and discuss key themes. We will then turn our attention to the next 12 months and ask Members what we should add to the DPC programme of activities for 2021-2022.

This year is particularly important as we will also ask Members to help shape our upcoming 5 year Strategic Plan which will be relaunched in 2022.

Both parts will be linked by an hour of informal social networking and a chance for members to relax, connect and chat.

Outline Programme

Time from event start Activity

00 – 30 mins

Welcome and introduction to Connecting the Bits

30 – 35 mins

Break: Move into groups

35 - 55 mins

(20 minutes each)

Stream 1

Lightning Talk A

Stream 2

Lightning Talk B

Stream 3

Lightning Talk C

55 – 60 mins

Break: Move into new groups

60 – 80 mins

(20 minutes each)

Stream 1

Lightning Talk D

Stream 2

Lightning Talk E

Stream 3

Lightning Talk F

80 – 90 mins

Regroup and reflect

90 – 110 mins

Long Break

110 – 120mins

Plenary session:  Introduction to RAM results and workshops topics

120 – 125 mins

125 – 160 mins

(45 minutes each)

Break: Move into new groups

Members are welcome to move around these groups during the 45 mins

Stream 1

Workshop a

Stream 1

Workshop b

Stream 1

Workshop c

160 – 180 mins

Feedback and close

What to do?

Complete a DPC RAM Assessment and send it to us!

Each year we ask you to complete a DPC RAM Assessment so that we can collate Member data and create benchmarking information to help you plan your digital preservation work and inform our own support activities for the year. There is now a NEW version of DPC RAM released this month but, if you are already part way through an assessment using the previous version, don’t worry – each version is designed to be compatible so please do complete your assessment and send it to us. If you would like help completing your DPC RAM Assessment, please contact Jenny Mitcham who will be happy to provide support.

Please submit your DPC RAM Assessments

Contribute ideas for Lightning Talk topics

Each session will begin with an ‘unconference’ format, with a difference! Whether you have a task you want to work on with other DPC Members, a fresh idea or solution you want to demo, or topics you want to discuss to learn from others’ experience, this part of the programme provides a space for you to achieve all of this. So that you have the opportunity to network, interact and share knowledge between each other, we’re asking DPC Members to tell us what you’d like to Discuss, Learn or Share? And collating these topics, we will build a program of short Lightning Talks for the first part of the day.

Share your suggestion

Decide on your priority areas

The second part of each session will focus on DPC actions for the coming year, and for the next 5 years (the period of our next Strategic Plan).  In this section of the program, we’ll build upon the trends emerging from the DPC RAM results, as well as the results of a Full Member call for support topics, as we break into working groups to prioritize, discuss and recommend a course of action. Full Members, let us know:

“What upcoming topics or challenges would you like the DPC to provide support on as part of its programme for the next 12 months, and the next 5 years?”

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Registration is for DPC Members only. Full Members may register 3 attendees per organisation, Associate Members may register 1 attendee per organisation.

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Can't attend?

If you or colleagues from your organisation are unable to attend either part of the day, please do still:

  • Complete your RAM assessment
  • If you are a Full Member, let us know your priority areas for DPC activities 2021 - 2022.

On the day, we will record the lightning talk sessions and share these with Members only, and we will invite feedback on our proposals for DPC activities after the event, and before we publish our program for next year.

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. It encourages diversity in all its forms and is committed to being accessible to everyone who wishes to engage with the topic of digital preservation. The DPC asks all those who are part of this community and/or attending a DPC event be positive, accepting, and sensitive to the needs and feelings of others in alignment with our DPC Inclusion & Diversity Policy.


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