23 June 2020 | 10:00 - 16:30 BST Online

Our Member’s Unconference ‘Connecting the Bits’ has been adapted to take place online, over the course of a day (with plenty of breaks!)

Contribute ideas for topics

The morning will take an Unconference format, with a difference. Prioritizing networking, interaction and knowledge exchange between DPC Members, we’re asking you to tell us which topics you’d like to hear about and/or whether you have a topic or work you would like to share. Collating these topics, we will build a program of short networking sessions for the first part of the day.

Tell us what you would like us to do next year

The afternoon will focus on DPC actions for the coming year. Starting with a brief presentation of the DPC RAM results, we’ll build upon the trends emerging from this model as well as the results of a Full Member call for support topics, and break into working groups to prioritize, discuss and recommend a course of action.

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; and 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's the practical know how that will be most prominent.

DPC Members and Supporters, please login to watch the recordings

09:30 - 10:15 : Welcome & Lightning Talks

10:25 - 13:00 : Breakout Rooms 

Documenting crises & preserving social media

Digital preservation of WARCs

Preservation processing for environmental sustainability

Fast Fail Club


White-washed: institutional collections and technical language

Preserving PDFs, from ingest to access

Credit where credit is due: assessment and accreditation

Preserving digital theses

The challenges and lessons of processing records from an EDRMS

Aye Aye, AI

Selection for digital preservation


14:00 - 14:45 : Summary of Full Member Concerns / Intro to RAM Trends (please login to view slides)

14:45 - 16:30 : Breakout Rooms 

Born Digital Archive Cataloguing & Description


Automating & Streamlining Ingest

Technology Watch & Preservation Planning


Access to Digital Archives

Environmentally Sustainable Preservation

Intranet Preservation



Can't attend?

We know that time zones might make this tricky for some of our members, but please do come for as much as you can. If you can't attend, the open topics information capture will be accessible to all Members and your contribution is still valuable. On the day, we will record the 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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