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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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DPA 2014: Practical Digital Preservation: a how-to guide for organizations of any size, Adrian Brown

Much has been done to raise awareness of the challenges and opportunities presented by digital preservation; today, most memory institutions and information management professionals have at least a basic understanding of why it matters. However, that awareness has not been always been matched by practical guidance and solutions, and there are widespread misconceptions that digital preservation requires huge budgets and very specialised expertise, and is the sole preserve of the national memory...

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DPA 2014: Skilling the Information Professional, Aberystwyth University

Aberystwyth University Department of Information Studies (AUDIS) has been offering education and training in information, archive, library and heritage studies for 50 years with distance learning provision available for over 25 years. Distance learning accredited and assessed short-courses for CPD have also been available a number of years. AUDIS offers the following post-graduate higher education qualifications: Credit bearing modules (5, 10 or 20 credits) Post-graduate Certificates...

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DPA 2014: The SPRUCE Project - University of Leeds and partners

The SPRUCE Project was a two year collaboration between the University of Leeds, the British Library, the Digital Preservation Coalition, the London School of Economics and the Open Planets Foundation.  SPRUCE was funded by Jisc with the aim of supporting digital preservation activity and making that activity sustainable.  The project was primarily focused on supporting grass roots preservation activity, by connecting individuals responsible for managing digital data with domain...

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DPA 2014: Jpylyzer, a JP2 validator and extractor - KB (National Library of the Netherlands) and Partners

The JPEG 2000 standard and its JP2 still image format are steadily gaining popularity in the archival community. An increasing number of cultural heritage institutions are now using JP2 as the preferred format for the storage of preservation masters and access copies within large-scale digitisation programs. If JP2 is used as a preservation format, it is vital to ensure that images are not damaged, and that they are compliant with the format’s specifications. In addition, institutions may have...

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DPA 2014: bwFLA - Functional Long-term Archival and Access - University of Freiburg and Partners

Today's research as well as significant parts of cultural activity are conducted using electronic equipment, most notable computer systems and to some extent mobile electronic gadgets. Even more importantly, many born-digital assets are inextricably linked with their creation environment, which means that they require a specific runtime environment to be rendered and to restore their original utility, look-and-feel and performance. These runtime environments, however, are...

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Digital Preservation Awards 2012

The DPC is delighted to announce the winners of the 2012 Digital Preservation Awards. The Digital Preservation Awards celebrate the excellence and innovation that will help to ensure our digital memory is available tomorrow. It was first awarded in 2004 as one of the Conservation Awards and it has been presented on four occasions (2004, 2005, 2007 and 2010), sponsored by the Digital Preservation Coalition with the Institute for Conservation. Although based on the Conservation Awards the...

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Digital Preservation Awards 2014

The DPC is delighted to introduce the finalists for the Digital Preservation Awards 2014. Created in 2004 to raise awareness about digital preservation, the Digital Preservation Awards are the most prominent celebration of achievement for those pe ople and organisations that have made significant and innovative contributions to ensuring our digital memory is accessible tomorrow. ‘In its early years, the Digital Preservation Award was a niche category in the Conservation Awards’, explained...

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Roll of Honour

2016 - The Software Sustainability Institute (SSI) Award for Research and Innovation: NCDD and NDE, ‘Constructing a network of nationwide facilities together’ presented by Neil Chue Hong, SSI and Dave Tarrant, ODI 2016 - The NCDD Award for Teaching and Communications: The National Archives and The Scottish Council on Archives: ‘Transforming Archives/Opening Up Scotland’s Archives', presented by Marcel Ras, NCDD and Margriet van Gorsel, Dutch National...

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Digital Preservation Awards 2014 - Winners

The winners of the prestigious Digital Preservation Awards 2014 were announced at an exciting ceremony hosted by the Digital Preservation Coalition at the Wellcome Trust in London. Created in 2004 to raise awareness about digital preservation, the Digital Preservation Awards are a prominent celebration of achievement for those people and organisations that have made significant and innovative contributions to ensuring our digital memory is accessible tomorrow. ‘In its early...

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Digital Preservation Awards 2016: Judges

The Digital Preservation Coalition is pleased to announce its panel of judges for 2016 as follows: Adrian Brown, Parliamentary Archives Adrian is Director of the Parliamentary Archives, which provides an archives and records management service for the UK Parliament. He is an experienced information management professional with expertise in the management of digital and analogue collection and an internationally recognised authority in the field of digital preservation, with a proven...

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Digital Preservation Awards 2016: Timetable

Entrants for the Digital Preservation Awards must submit a nomination by 1200 noon on Tuesday 26th  July 2016 (see “How to apply” in the menu to the left for details). These will be sifted and considered for short-listing by the Digital Preservation Screening Panel in August 2016. Only short-listed candidates will be asked for full details of their projects. Short-listed nominees will be required to do the following: to give a presentation of the project (or a webinar), explaining its...

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Digital Preservation Awards 2016: Eligibility and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Scope: The judges will assume a broad definition of digital preservation: projects which describe themselves with specialist terms like ‘conservation’, ‘continuity’, ‘curation’, ‘legacy’, ‘permanent accessibility’ , ‘sustainment’ or ‘sustainability’ will be eligible so long as they can demonstrate that they are working towards ensuring our digital memory is accessible tomorrow. Typically, digitization projects will not be eligible unless they offer a specific deliverable that will...

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