4 December 2018 | 10:00 - 16:20 Euston, London | The Wesley


Policy is a key mechanism for elevating digital preservation on your organisation’s agenda. Yet policy is only one tool in your toolbox. To develop a successful policy, one document alone won’t do it all; buy-in, governance, frameworks, and a suite of other documents matter, in order to inspire effective and lasting change.

Come and learn about digital preservation policy development from the Digital Preservation at Oxford and Cambridge (DPOC) Policy and Planning Polonsky Fellows. Listen to them discuss their approaches to devising digital preservation policies and other supporting documents within their organisations: the similarities, differences, challenges, and the need for tailor-made approaches.

The Fellows will share information including lessons learnt, which may assist you in creating your own digital preservation policy or progressing your organisation’s digital preservation aims.

This event will be inclusive and interactive, and complements the DPC’s Making Progress with Digital Preservation roadshow. Bring along questions, concerns and challenges. The day will wrap up with a round-table discussion. (In the spirit of the DPC’s Digital Preservationists Anonymous, the round-table discussion abides by the Chatham House Rule.)


  • Edith Halvarsson, Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford
  • Somaya Langley, Cambridge University Libraries, University of Cambridge


  • Kirsty Lingstadt, Head of Digital Library and Deputy Director of Library and University Collections, University of Edinburgh
  • Jenny Mitcham, Head of Good Practice and Standards, Digital Preservation Coalition

Who should come?

This workshop will interest:

  • Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) developing their Digital Preservation policy and capabilities
  • Research Data archives embedded within HEIs
  • Strategic funding partners




10:00 – 10:30

Arrival (coffee & tea)

10:30 – 11:00


11:00 – 11:35

Policy landscape (and relationship to digital preservation)

11:35 – 11:50

Coffee & tea break

11:50 – 12:10

Policy templates

12:10 – 12:50

International digital preservation policy review & local policy gap analysis

12:50 – 13:30


13:30 – 14:10

Digital preservation policy authoring process

14:15 – 14:30

Implementation plans

14:30 –  14:50


14:50 – 15:25

Round table discussions (split into smaller groups)

15:25 – 15:40

Reporting discussions (to the whole group)

15:40 – 16:00

Q & A

16:00 – 16:10


16:10 - 16:20


Thanks to The Polonsky Foundation.

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