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Are we there yet? Understanding digital preservation costs and benefits.

Over the last 18 months I have been fortunate to have the opportunity to reflect, research, and synthesise with colleagues, what we have learnt about costs and benefits from digital curation and preservation. The results are now published in a cost-benefit advocacy toolkit released by the Consortium of European Social Science Data Archives (CESSDA). It was a small project focussed on the needs of social science data archives but much of what it has done will be of interest to anyone involved...

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Instaforever: a digital preservation perspective on social media

At first glance, the terms ‘social media’ and ‘long-term preservation’ do not seem to belong in the same sentence. The two terms are perhaps even incompatible, mutually exclusive, and contradictory.

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Chippy campaigning: how the DPC likes to spend its ‘spare’ time

November 2016 saw the culmination of possibly the most exciting Digital Preservation Awards EVER! Well, it was for me anyway. Here’s why: we attracted more nominations than ever before – more than 30 from around the world and many from outside the Coalition too, we were able to offer more categories than ever before including a long overdue celebration of the work of our colleagues in commercial organisations and industry, the event was live streamed enabling another 300 people to watch on the...

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A foot in the door is worth two on the desk

Shibboleth I am asked, from time to time, how to persuade management that digital preservation matters. It’s a puzzling question in context and content. For a start, I am not sure I have ever persuaded anyone of anything. I have been on hand when people persuaded themselves but that’s not the same thing. It’s like finding the fire brigade at the scene of every major fire and assuming they are to blame. Moreover, I am not sure it’s possible to offer a global shibboleth for digital preservation...

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UK National Commission for UNESCO launches Policy Brief on UNESCO’s Recommendation on Documentary Heritage

UK organisations involved with the identification, preservation and promotion of documentary heritage should use UNESCO’s 2015 Recommendation on Protecting Documentary Heritage as a valuable advocacy and communications tool, a Policy Brief launched at the British Library this week suggests. The UNESCO Recommendation concerning the Preservation of, Access to, Documentary Heritage in the Digital Era was agreed at the 38th Session of the UNESCO General Conference in Paris in November 2015. It...

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Procuring Digital Preservation: A Briefing

Introduction Selecting and deploying solutions is challenging enough in well-established business processes: but where the processes are new, or where the available resource to support procurement is stretched, moving from project to ‘business as usual’ can be hard.  It helps that a healthy market of digital preservation tools and services is emerging rapidly, into which a series of companies and not-for-profit agencies are now supplying products. And so digital preservation staff are...

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Digital Preservation Coalition nominated for IRMS Awards

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What the world needs now

{jcomments on} Inaugurations By coincidence I find myself working from home on the day a new US president is inaugurated. The coincidence: the last time an American president took office I was also working from home. Speeches and punditry burble through the kitchen radio as I hammer out a few more lines of something at the dining table. Same radio, same pundits, same table, very different presidents.   A different William too I suppose, mostly the effect of acquiring two children...

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Digital Preservation Awards 2016: Interviews with the Winners

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Digital Preservation Awards 2016 – Winners Announced!

Leading organisations and practitioners in Digital Preservation came together on 30th November at the Wellcome Collection in London, to celebrate the culmination of the exciting Digital Preservation Awards 2016. Watch the video Watch interviews with the winners View photos of the Digital Preservation Awards Ceremony Hosted by the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) and introduced by the Chair of Judges, Adrian Brown of the Parliamentary Archives, the evening celebrated the...

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Direct Advocacy and Public Policy Consultations

The DPC Board has adopted a set of principles for the DPC's engagement with public policy and direct advocacy.  It lays out in clear terms the values of the coalition and how and when the Coalition will intervene in public policy matters.  The full text of the policy is available to download [PDF 332KB].

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Advocacy

The Digital Preservation Coalition exists to help create a political and organisational climate responsive to the need for digital preservation. This requires a commitment to advocacy on behalf of the digital preservation community. We help key decision-makers and opinion-formers understand the opportunities and challenges of long-term access to digital collections and encourage them to act, ensuring that public and institutional...

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Digital Preservation Awards 2016 - Finalists: The Software Sustainability Institute Award for Research and Innovation

4C Project 4C helped organisations across Europe to invest more effectively in digital curation and preservation. Research in digital preservation and curation tended to emphasize the cost and complexity of the task in hand. 4C reminded us that the point of this investment is to realise benefit, so our research must encompass related concepts such as ‘risk’, ‘value’, ‘quality’ and ‘sustainability’. Through a program of outreach and development of a Curation Costs Exchange tool 4C helped...

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Digital Preservation Awards 2018 - Finalists: The Software Sustainability Institute Award for Research and Innovation

ePADD, University of Stanford ePADD is free and open source software developed by Stanford University Libraries and partners that supports the appraisal, processing, preservation, discovery, and delivery of email archives of potential historical or cultural value. Over the past five years, ePADD has pioneered the application of machine learning and natural language processing to confront challenges that collection donors, archivists, and researchers routinely face in donating, administering,...

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Digital Preservation Awards 2016 - Finalists: The NCDD Award for Teaching and Communications

Transforming Archives/Opening Up Scotland’s Archives  These HLF-supported programmes jointly offer 55 practical year-long traineeships (of which 37 fall into the qualifying period), hosted at 26 archives across England and Scotland 2014-17. Our aim is to transform the archives workforce, bringing people with specialist skills (including strong IT qualifications and experience) into the heritage sector and offering alternative pathways to careers in archives. Trainees focus on a...

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Digital Preservation Awards 2018 - Finalists: The DPC Award for Teaching and Communications

Evidence-­based postgraduate education in digital information management, University College Dublin In September 2015, University College Dublin’s School of Information and Communication Studies (ICS) launched the first educational programmes (Masters level) in digital curation in Ireland. With Funding from the Archives and Records Administration of the UK and Ireland, staff conducted a two-year study of the Irish digital curation landscape. Based on their findings, the School...

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Digital Preservation Awards 2016 - Finalists: The DPC Award for the Most Distinguished Student Work in Digital Preservation

A RAID map case study of high energy X-ray characterisation of microstructure by Edith Halvorssen, University of Glasgow Personal Archives Pre and Post Cloud Computing by Roland Quintaine, Aberystwyth University The Transferability of Trusted Digital Repository Standards to an East African context by Anthea Seles, University College London The Scalability and Realism of Digital Preservation Guidelines by Niamh Ni Charra, University College Dublin Preservation Practices of New Media...

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Digital Preservation Awards 2018 - Finalists: The National Records of Scotland Award for the Most Distinguished Student Work in Digital Preservation

'Navigating the PDF/A Standard: A Case Study of Theses' by Anna Oates, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign The PDF/A standard is a component of many institutional repository file format policies. However, the PDF/A standard is a component of many institutional repository file format policies. However, full conformance with the standard is often difficult to achieve for born-digital documents.This paper presents findings from trial migrations/normalization to PDF/A of student...

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Digital Preservation Awards 2016 - Finalists: The DPC Award for the Most Outstanding Digital Preservation Initiative in Industry

HSBC: Global Digital Archive System HSBC’s Global Digital Archive system launched in January 2015. It combines a synchronised Preservica  digital repository, with discrete Calm archival management catalogues covering Asia, Europe and  North America. This holistic approach to collections management and digital preservation merges  ingest and preservation workflows with strong search capabilities, enabling the archivists to curate  physical assets, digital...

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Digital Preservation Awards 2018 - Finalists: The ODI Award for the Most Outstanding Digital Preservation Initiative in Commerce, Industry and the Third Sector

Music Treasures, Stichting Omroep Muziek (SOM) The SOM has one of the largest collections of sheet music, both classical and popular music, in Europe, approximately 800.000 titles. A part of this collection has never been published since it was composed or arranged for the public broadcasting companies . The music was usually performed during radio and television broadcasts and mostly performed only once. This part of the collection, consisting of sheet music from the start of the radio-...

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