30 March 2022 | 13:00 - 17:00 UTC Online | Zoom

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Many organizations create and use geospatial data to carry out and support their work and of course some of this information will have longer term value. This is particularly so for those organizations charged with managing and decommissioning nuclear sites. Knowing exactly which buildings were where will be of huge importance to future generations long after the physical traces of a site are no longer apparent. It is no surprise therefore that the preservation of geospatial data has been raised as a concern during the DPC’s project with the UK Nuclear Decommissioning Authority leading to this briefing day on the topic.

This online event will be of interest to anyone who wants to find out how a range of different organizations manage and preserve geospatial data at various points in its lifecycle. As well as hearing from the Nuclear Decommissioning sector on how they have been managing their geospatial data over the last twenty years, we will hear from the digital preservation and geospatial data community about recent work on standards, metadata and file formats. A range of organizations will share case studies on how they are preserving, enhancing and providing access to geospatial datasets. As always there will be opportunities for Q&A and discussion and we will be discussing what else the DPC can do to move this topic forward for the community.

Recordings (DPC Members, please log in to view)

Angela Bartlett, Magnox and Gavin Coppins, Cavendish Nuclear -   Managing Change: 20 years of Geospatial Data Management

Edd Lewis, British Geological Survey -   Data standards for authoritative data providers

Linda van den Brink, Geonovum -   Preservation of spatial data on the web

Callum Irving, UK Cabinet Office - Introducing a Q-FAIR approach to Geospatial Data Improvement

Meagan Snow, Timothy St Onge and Rachel Trent, Library of Congress -   An Introduction to the Library of Congress Geospatial Recommended Formats Statement

Kieron Niven, Archaeology Data Service -   Time to Move On? Archaeology's lingering love for the Shapefile

Chris Fleet, National Library of Scotland -   Geospatial data preservation activities at the National Library of Scotland

Discussion and Q&A

Further reading (for discussion)

The DPC’s Technology Watch Report on 'Preserving Geospatial Data'  by Guy McGarva, Steve Morris and Greg Janée was published in 2009 and is now due for revision. Does this report still offer useful guidance? How much has this topic moved on over recent years? What is missing? http://doi.org/10.7207/twr09-01

The DPC released a much shorter Technology Watch Guidance Note on 'Preserving GIS' last year. This was part of a series of Data Types Guidance Notes commissioned with Artefactual Systems. This short note tries to summarises some of the main preservation challenges, file formats, standards and methods for preserving geospatial data. Does it capture and summarise the key areas well?  http://doi.org/10.7207/twgn21-16


This briefing day is an output of the DPC’s project with the UK Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and our thanks go to them for supporting this work.

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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 and to be positive, accepting, and sensitive to the needs and feelings of others in alignment with our DPC Inclusion & Diversity Policy.

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