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'The Scalability and Realism of Digital Preservation Guidelines' by Niamh Ní Charra, UCD

Introduction Digital preservation has been at the forefront of the issues facing archivists for some time. With the increasing creation and accession of digital records, the constant changing technology, and the ongoing challenges preservation of these records presents, it does not show any sign of easing. In the early days of digital preservation in the late 1980s and early 1990s, there was very little literature for archivists to access when considering how to tackle...

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HSBC Global Digital Archive System (GDA)

The launch of HSBC’s Global Digital Archive system in 2015 marked the culmination of a challenging project to introduce sustainable digital preservation in the bank. Background Our historical archives are highly regarded for their rich variety and international scope. The records document the development of the organisation since 1865, and many of the banks acquired by HSBC and its predecessors over the years. The records also shed light on the social, economic and...

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Digital Preservation of OECD Datasets

The OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development) is an 'nternational government organisation that creates knowledge. Its reports and analysis focus on important social and environmental issues, and are underpinned by data collected from participating national statistics offices and other sources. With more than 5 billion data points and constant updates, the challenge was how to preserve the dynamic data, in a format facilitating use and ensuring long-term availability This was...

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The Digital Repository of Ireland: Preserving Ireland’s Social and Cultural Record

The Digital Repository of Ireland is a major initiative to safeguard Ireland’s digital heritage across the social and cultural domains. Built by a consortium of five academic partners over a period of four years, the DRI was launched in June of 2015 with a wide variety of collections, and stands as an exemplar of cooperation and best-practice adoption because of its national cross-institutional structure, as well as its integration in the international network data repositories and...

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'The Digital City revives: A case study of web archaeology'

Amsterdam Museum and Project Partners: The Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision, University of Amsterdam, Waag Society, National Coalition on Digital Preservation and old inhabitants, (ex) DDS employees and DDS affiliated web archaeologists On 15 January 1994 De Digitale Stad (DDS; The Digital City) opened its virtual gates. In 2001 DDS, the website, was taken offline. In this case study of web archaeology we will answer the questions: how to excavate, reconstruct,...

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Preserving Suffolk's Digital Assets

The digital legacy project started in 2014 with a business case for a digital preservation and access solution which built on the Suffolk Record Office (SRO) Digitisation Strategy for Suffolk's Heritage Collections and encompassed government policy - Archives for the 21st Century in Action Refreshed 2012-15 and showed:- secure digital storage and processes meeting 'trusted digital repository' standards were needed not only by SRO but also by Suffolk County Council (SCC), as existing...

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Digital Preservation Awards 2016: The Finalists

After the most gruelling and detailed set of deliberation so far, the Digital Preservation Coalition is delighted to announce the finalists of the 2016 Digital Preservation Awards. The prestigious Digital Preservation Awards is a world-wide celebration of the achievements of those people and organisations who have made significant and innovative contributions to ensuring our generation’s digital legacy will be available tomorrow. It culminates in an eagerly anticipated awards ceremony at...

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2007 Digital Preservation Award

Accolade for new tool to save digital archives for future generations as DROID wins the 2007 Digital Preservation Award An innovative tool to analyse and identify computer file formats has won the 2007 Digital Preservation Award. DROID, developed by The National Archives in London, can examine any mystery file and identify its format. The tool works by gathering clues from the internal 'signatures' hidden inside every computer file, as well as more familiar elements such as the filename...

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2010 Digital Preservation Award

The Digital Preservation Award 2010 was won by Los Alamos National Laboratory and Old Dominion University for the Memento Project. The Institute for Conservation and the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) are delighted to announce that the Memento Project led by Herbert Van De Sompel and colleagues of Los Alamos National Laboratory and Michael Nelson and colleagues of Old Dominion University, USA, has won the Digital Preservation Award 2010. ‘Memento offers an elegant and...

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DPA 2012: DPC Decennial Award - Finalists

The Decennial Award is a special award offered to mark the tenth anniversary of the DPC. It will be presented to the project, initiative or person that in the period 2002-2012, the judges assess to have made the most outstanding contribution to ensuring our digital memory is available tomorrow.  Four finalists have been selected for this prestigious prize. Here the nominees describe their motivations, their projects and their impact. Archaeology Data Service at the University of...

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DPA 2012: DPC Award for Research and Innovation - Finalists

The DPC Award for Research and Development celebrates significant technical or intellectual accomplishments which lower the barriers to effective digital preservation. It is presented to the project, initiative or person that, in the eyes of the judges, has produced a tool, framework or idea that has (or will have) the greatest impact in ensuring our digital memory is available tomorrow. Four finalists have been selected in this category: Collaboration in Data Management Planning: the UK's...

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DPA 2012: DPC Award for Communications and Training - Finalists

The DPC Award for Teaching and Communication celebrates significant efforts to empower workforces or engage policy makers with the skills and information they need to make digital preservation a practical reality. It is presented to the project, initiative or person that, in the eyes of the judges, has produced training resources, curriculum, or campaign that has (or will have) the greatest impact in ensuring our digital memory is available tomorrow, or undertaken empirical research that will...

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DPA 2014: The Cloud and the Cow, Archives and Records Council of Wales

The establishment of the COW should be viewed in the context of the evolving national strategic approach to digital preservation in Wales. it was undertaken as a practical response to real issues which were identified through partnershipand collaborative working. The key points which constitute this context are described below: the ARCW business case, the formation of the COW, the selection of the technical infrastructure, Archivematica and the cloud, the creation of...

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DPA 2014: Inspiring Ireland, Digital Repository of Ireland and Partners

Inspiring Ireland is an ambitious project to bring Ireland’s cultural treasures – paintings, letters, sculpture, manuscripts, historical objects, photography, ephemera – both digital and digitised, to a broad national and international audience. Built on the Digital Repository of Ireland’s preservation infrastructure, Inspiring Ireland is also positioned as the beginning of a systematic programme in preservation, access and discovery for digital objects in Ireland’s GLAM sector. As the...

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DPA 2014: Carcanet Press Email Archive, University of Manchester

The Email Explosion: safeguarding the literary correspondence of the twenty-first century The University of Manchester Library holds outstanding eighteenth- and nineteenth-century literary correspondence collections, relating to Samuel Johnson, Elizabeth Gaskell and others. These are a testament to the golden age of letter-writing. The Carcanet Press Email Preservation Project has ensured that some of the fruits of email’s golden age are similarly safeguarded for future generations. The...

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DPA 2014: Conservation and Re-enactment of Digital Art Ready-Made, University of Freiburg and Rhizome

The preservation of, and especially the presentation of, complex, non-linear digital objects such as digital art or ancient computer environments has traditionally been a domain reserved for experts. Digital culture, however, is a broader phenomenon. In the instance of digital art, it could and should be easily accessible — however, this is often restricted by too much emphasis on traditional aura and exclusivity. Echoing the impact of digital technologies in many areas of culture, digital art...

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DPA 2014: Voices from a Disused Quarry by Kerry Evans, Ann MacDonald and Sarah Vaughan, University of Aberystwyth and partners

The project undertaken was a unique partnership between three organisations – the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) – a pioneering centre for alternative energy production, the National Library of Wales (NLW) and Aberystwyth University’s Department of Information Studies (AUDIS). CAT’s project, Voices from a Disused Quarry completed, in January 2013, the collection of 90 oral history interviews from those involved in the early development of their centre. Interviews were of varying...

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DPA 2014: Game Preservation in the UK by Alasdair Bachell, University of Glasgow

Edited and reorganised excerpt from Alaisdair Bachell's work: The study of video games has become a serious endeavour, with a huge amount of research being dedicated to the sociological and cultural impact of the medium. Forexample, the UK government has put forward plans for tax relief for the video games industry (Wilson, 2013) and its impact is increasingly recognised in the Arts community(Antonelli 2012). The increasing prevalence of video games, both as a business and a focus...

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DPA 2014: Emulation v Format Conversion by Victoria Sloyan, University College London

Abstract from Victoria Sloyan's dissertation: "Providing access to born-digital archives is one area in the wider subject of digital preservation that remains underdeveloped in archival literature and discussion. This needs rectifying as there is little point preserving digital archives if they cannot then be meaningfully accessed by users. There are currently two predominant methods for providing access to born-digital archives: emulation and format conversion. Emulation provides access to...

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DPA 2014: Introduction to Digital Curation - An open online UCLeXtend Course, University College London

In 2013, work started to develop a new module ‘An Introduction to Digital Curation’ to be taught as part of University College London’s MA/Diploma/Certificate in Archives and Records Management programme. This programme has taught new entrants to the archives and records management profession for over 60 years and is one of only a handful of qualifications in the UK accredited by the Archives and Records Association as equipping individuals with the knowledge and skills to work in this field....

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