25 May 2021 | 26 May 2021 Online


The use of storage technology for digital preservation has changed dramatically over the last twenty years. During this time, there has been a change in practice. Previously, the norm was for storing digital materials using discrete media items e.g. individual CDs, tapes, etc., which are then migrated periodically to address degradation and obsolescence.

Today, it has become more common practice to use resilient IT storage systems for the increasingly large volumes of digital material that needs to be preserved, and perhaps more importantly, that needs to be easily and quickly retrievable in a culture of online access. In this way, digital material has become decoupled from the underlying mechanism of its storage. With this come consequent benefits of allowing different preservation activities to be handled independently.

But what does the future hold for digital preservation storage?

Discussing a topic which effects both DPC Members and Supporters in different ways, this event will seek to identify requirements for emerging storage solutions.


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Introduction to the Future of Storage by Paul Wheatley, DPC

Emerging Technology: An introduction to DNA Storage by Daniel Chadash, Twist BioScience

Member Case Study with Euan Cochrane, Yale University

Supporter Lightning Talks

  • Arkivum – Matthew Addis, Tom Lynam
  • Artefactual – Kelly Stewart
  • AVP – Amy Rudersdorf
  • Preservica – Gareth Bennett, Peter Anderton

DPC Member Panel Discussion (Session 1) chaired by William Kilbride, DPC with:

  • Euan Cochrane, Yale University
  • Adam Bell, AARNET
  • Nathan Andrews, National Archives of Australia
  • Tom Smyth, Library and Archives Canada
  • Steph Barb, Library of Congress

DPC Member Panel Discussion (Session 2) chaired by William Kilbride, DPC with:

  • Christine McCarthy, Yale University
  • Neil Jefferies, Bodleian Libraries
  • Lee Hibberd, National Library of Scotland
  • Alberto Pace, CERN
  • Einion Gruffudd, National Library of Wales

The event follows a series of Digital Preservation Futures webinars between 4th - 13th May which showcases the product and service offerings of each of our DPC Supporters in turn, before DPC staff invite speakers to respond on a series of themes which represent our understanding of member interests. 

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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