15 October 2020 | 14:00 - 15:00 BST Online | Zoom

The DPC invites you to join us for a webinar to share the outcomes of a project to create a new online decision support tool for digital preservation.


The National Archives UK (TNA), with statisticians from the University of Warwick and partners from five other UK archives, has developed a decision support tool to map and quantify the risks and uncertainty involved in digital preservation. The Digital Archiving Graphical Risk Assessment Model (DiAGRAM) is a new risk management framework that captures the conditional dependencies of the risks to the long term survival of complex digital objects and presents these in a visual and intuitive way. The model enables a quantitative comparison of the very different types of threats to preservation outcomes, from software obsolescence to natural disasters. 

DiAGRAM has been designed to:

  • Improve users' understanding of the complex digital archiving risk landscape and of the interplay between digital preservation risk factors.

  • Enable archivists to compare and prioritise very different types of threats to the digital archive.

  • Aid in quantifying the impact of risk events and risk management strategies on archival outcomes for use in decision making, communication with stakeholders and developing business cases for targeted action.

This webinar will provide a TNA case study, which will include an overview of the project, its aims and a demo of the tool using a TNA case study. As the project comes to an end, future directions for the tool will also be discussed. There will be a chance to ask questions of the project team and consider how the tool could be used to aid decision making in your own context. Attendees will be encouraged to try out the DiAGRAM tool for themselves after the event. 

Who should come?

This webinar will interest:

  • Archivists, librarians and curators managing digital preservation risks

  • Digital preservation specialists and repository managers

  • Records managers and other relevant staff responsible for collecting or managing digital records which need to be preserved for the long term

  • Information architects and engineers tasked with developing technical infrastructures for digital preservation

  • Postgraduate students or early career professionals with an interest in learning more about digital preservation risks

How to register?

Places are strictly limited and should be booked in advance. Registration will close at 12:00 GMT on 12th October. Registration is free.

If you have any questions about registration please contact John McMillan (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).



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