12 December 2008 Euston Road, London | Novotel Hotel


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Speakers at the event tell us about practical tools and services to help repositories. Featuring contributions by Frances Boyle, Neil Beagrie, Barbara Sierman, Chris Awre, David Tarrant, Chris Yates, Rory McLeod, Adrian Brown, Kevin Ashley and Matthew Woollard.


We all know that preservation of repository content is vital -- but we also know that in practical terms it remains largely unresolved.  What should we be doing right now to embed preservation into the working practice of repositories?  Who should we be talking to?

Are there tools and services out there which can support repository managers in their work today?  Are preservation experts and services tuned into the practical workflow requirements of their repository manager colleagues?  If this has any resonance then this event is for you!

The Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC), the Repositories Support Project (RSP), the Digital Curation Centre (DCC) and the JISC are organising a joint workshop on the 12th December at the Novotel Hotel, Euston, London. The intention is to bring together key stakeholders, the repository managers and preservation experts, at a practical focussed event to talk together and share perspectives, requirements, problems and solutions.  It is hoped that the workshop will lead to collective recommendations for what the next moves for repository managers and preservation specialists should be to provide practical focussed support, services and tools. The workshop should in addition further repository managers’ understanding of how to implement preservation strategies and processes.

As well as the formal presentations there will also be a marketplace when there will be an opportunity to view posters, and engage with project teams and see demonstrations of the latest tools. The day will close with a participative discussion session.

Prior to the event the organisers shall gather concerns and requirements from repository managers and preservation experts/services and synthesise these into 'Top 5 Concerns', 'Top 5 Wishes' and 'Top 5 Solutions' (for practical implementation). These will then be collated to form the basis for the panel discussion.

Who should attend?

Repository managers, librarians, archivists, digital preservation experts, information management specialists, service providers.

Benefits of attendance

  • An opportunity to share your preservations issues, (concerns, wishes, solutions) with peers and experts.
  • To gain insight from repository managers on how they are approaching preservation on different platforms.
  • To get up to speed with the outcomes from the extant services and projects working in this important area.
  • To gain some tips from fellow practitioners on what works for them.
  • To share your digital preservation expertise with the repository community



Chair: Dr. Les Carr, Director of EPrint Services, University of Southampton

09:30 ‑ 09:55

Registration and Coffee

09:55 - 10.00

Welcome and Introduction
Bill Hubbard, RSP Manager, University of Nottingham

10:00 - 10:30

Keynote Presentation – The Importance of Digital Preservation [PDF 81KB]
Neil Beagrie, Charles Beagrie Ltd.

10:30 ‑ 11:00

Digital Preservation  at the National Library of Netherlands (KB). Experiences from the Driver Project and E-Depot [PDF 406KB]
Barbara Sierman, Team leader Digital Preservation Research, KB National Library of the Netherlands

11:00 - 11.15

Break and Coffee

11.15 - 12.00

Market Place Projects and Demonstrations:

  • CAIRO – Renhart Gittens, Software Engineer, Paradigm & Cairo, Oxford University Library Services
  • DRAMBORA & Data Audit Framework – Joy Davidson, Training Coordinator DCC
  • Ex Libris - Neil MacKinnon, Senior Sales Consultant, Ex Libris (UK) Ltd.
  • LIFE2 - Rory McLeod, Digital Preservation Manager, British Library
  • PLANETS: PLATO - Hannes Kulovits, Vienna University of Technology
  • PORTICO - Ken DiFiore, MLS Associate Director
  • PRONOM/DROID - Adrian Brown, Head of Digital Preservation, TNA
  • PRESERV2 - David Tarrant, University of Southampton.
  • REMAP - Chris Awre, Integration Architect, University of Hull
  • RIN - Sarah Gentleman, Communications Office, Research Information Network (RIN)
  • SHERPA-DP2 - Gareth Knight, Preservation Officer, CeRch
  • SOAPI - Vijay Alberque, Software Development Manager, CeRch
  • TESSELLA - Robert Sharpe, Consultant, Tessell

12:00 - 13:00
(15)*3 +15

Case Studies:

Fedora [PDF 942KB]
Chris Awre -  Integration Architect, University of Hull
DSpace [PDF 660KB]
Chris Yates, Aberystwyth University/RSP
ePrints [PDF 2.3MB]
Les Carr, Director of EPrint Services, University of Southampton

13:00 - 14:00


14:00 - 14:20

Rory McLeod, Digital Preservation Manager, British Library

14:20 - 15:05

Service Providers:

Kevin Ashley, Head of Digital Archives Department, ULCC
Matthew Woollard, Associate Director, Head of Digital Preservation and Systems, UKDA
Adrian Brown, Head of Digital Preservatio, TNA.

15:05 - 15:20

Break and Coffee

15:20 - 16:05

Panel Discussion led by Les Carr

16:05 - 16:10

Closing Remarks
Frances Boyle, Executive Director, DPC


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