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Revisiting Archival Principles from a digital preservation viewpoint - a joint event with DPC and the AIMS project

The AIMS Project, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, brings together the Universities of Hull, Virginia, Stanford, and Yale. The partners are processing and preserving a total of 13 born-digital collections, in doing so we hope to develop a common framework and good practice guidelines that can be adopted and applied by other organisations.The session will introduce the AIMS model but the idea is not to seek external review of the model at this stage but to facilitate discussion with a...

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Data for Life: Digital Preservation for Health Studies

  Part of the DATUM for Health project; conducted by Northumbria University and funded by JISC Flexible and timely access to information has the potential to transform professional practice and research in health studies and related disciplines, but the promise can only be delivered if we can overcome the threats of obsolescence. A decade of research and development has begun to make available the sorts of robust tools, techniques and services which our generation will need to ensure...

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Preserving Digital Sound and Vision: A Briefing

Emerging tools and services for digital preservation are typically built around the need to preserve texts, documents, images and data sets.  Audio and video – broadly defined as time-based-media - have received less attention within the library and archive communities, partly because they have historically been seen as distinct, partly because they present new technical challenges, and partly because they have hitherto represented only a small proportion of the collections which memory...

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Preserving Digital Art: Directions and Perspectives

Emerging tools and services for digital preservation are typically built around the long-term needs of archives, libraries and research centres. The needs of art museums and galleries are surprisingly absent from much of the debate in digital preservation even though these institutions have considerable skills and statutory requirements to safeguard large collections for private and public good. Innovations in contemporary art means that the traditional skills of the conservator need to be...

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JPEG 2000 for the Practitioner

Introduction A free seminar to explore and examine the use of JPEG 2000 in the cultural heritage industry was held at the Wellcome Trust. The seminar included specific case studies of JPEG 2000 use. It examined technical issues that have an impact on practical implementation of the format, and explored the context of how and why organisations have chosen to use JPEG 2000. Although the seminar had an emphasis on digitisation and digital libraries, the papers are relevent to a range...

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Preserving Email: Directions and Perspectives

Email is arguably the most ubiquitous, inexorable and voluminous manifestation of information technology. It is a defining characteristic of our age and a critical element in all manner of communications and transactions. Industry and commerce depend upon email; families and friendships are sustained by email; government and economies rely upon email; communities are created and strengthened by email.  It is sometimes hard to remember how we functioned before the widespread adoption of...

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Decoding the digital: A common language for preservation

This one day conference, organised jointly between the DPC and the BL Preservation Advisory Centre, seeks to build on the communication between librarians, archivists, curators, conservators and digital preservation managers and establish a shared understanding of the issues surrounding the preservation of digital collections. What are the similarities in our approach to the preservation of physical and digital collections, and where do the differences lie? The programme features pairs...

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e-Journals are forever?

The benefits of online access to scholarly journal content are now taken for granted but there are threats to continuity of such access.  Clarity is needed on who is doing what, what has been agreed, and what mechanisms exist for continued access, with shared responsibility for the material support and sustainability of archiving and access schemes. The threats of digital preservation are becoming well known and the community of researchers and librarians look to policy makers and...

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Digital Preservation - The Planets Way

DPC members have a free priority booking for day one of Digital Preservation the Planets Way in London on 9th Feb (normal price 95 Euros) and a discount for days two and three (DPC price 145 Euros, normally 199Euros). DPC members are invited to nominate delegates by email not later than 12.00 noon GMT on 14th January 2010 by email to: william (at) dpconline.org Non DPC members are invited to register directly before 2nd February 2010 online at:...

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Tackling the Preservation Challenge: Practical Steps for Repository Managers

DPC/RSP/DCC/JISC Workshop   A podcast from this event is available to download from:http://www.rsp.ac.uk/podcasts/preservation.php 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...

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OAIS 5 Year Review - Follow Up

DPC/DCC Workshop   Joint DCC and DPC Workshop: OAIS 5 Year Review - Follow Up (participation by invitation only) Response to CCSDS' comments on the OAIS 5 Year Review Recommendations for Update ReportA joint meeting of members of the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) and the DCC Associates Network members was held on 13 October 2006 to prepare a joint report for the 5 year review of the Open Archival Information System (OAIS) Standard. The resulting report, " OAIS Five-year review...

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Digital Preservation Planning: Principles, Examples and the Future with Planets

PLANETS and the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) will be holding a joint briefing day: Digital Preservation Planning: Principles, Examples and the Future with Planets, on the 29th of July 2008, at the British Library Conference Centre, St Pancras, London. The event will be an informal and interactive workshop allowing attendees to share knowledge and experience in digital preservation planning, setting strategy and policy plus first-hand experience of Planets tools and...

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What to preserve? Significant Properties of Digital Objects

  Significant properties are essential characteristics of a digital object which must be preserved over time for the digital object to remain accessible and meaningful. Proper understanding of the significant properties of digital objects is critical to establish best practices and helps answer the fundamental question related to digital preservation: what to preserve? The importance of significant properties has been highlighted by a number of notable digital preservation...

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DPC/BL Joint JPEG 2000 Workshop

Introduction The JPEG2000 image compression technique has been cited by experts as a new archiving format for digital images. It is both a preservation and delivery format, and has been seen as a possible alternative to the TIFF format which most institutions use as a long-term archiving standard. Produced by both imaging experts and the Joint Photographic Experts Group, it is now a recognised ISO standard. The standard JPEG file format which is so widely in use is not yet an ISO...

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E-Journal Archiving and Preservation Workshop

    Article on Overview of E-journal Archiving and Preservation Workshop, UKSG, Serials 20 (3) November 2007 Overview and Presentations The DPC, The British Library and JISC held a 1 day workshop looking at the issue of e-journal archiving and preservation. The workshop brought together international stakeholders from the information world, including publishers, librarians and representatives from archiving solution providers. The day was chaired by Hazel Woodward of Cranfield...

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Digital rights and asset management: access and preservation forum

  This one day forum was jointly organised by CILIP in Scotland and the Digital Preservation Coalition and was aimed at library and information professionals who work with digital resources.  The forum explored whether content is being locked away  behind technical protection measures and asked how we can make content accessible while upholding the rights of intellectual property owners. The forum also highlighted digital preservation issues in order to ensure long term...

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Joint Digital Curation Centre / Digital Preservation Coalition Workshop for OAIS 5 Year Review

OAIS Five-year review Recommendations for update This workshop will prepare a joint comment, on behalf of members of the Digital Curation Centre Associates Network and members of the Digital Preservation Coalition, for submission to the OAIS (Open Archival Information Systems Reference Model) 5 year review. The workshop is open to members of both organisations who are familiar with details of the standard and actively implementing or preparing to implement an OAIS. In compliance with, the...

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Policies for digital repositories: models and approaches

The DPC held a Briefing day on different implementations of digital repositories. This event was aimed at people who are in the process of planning digital repositories and who want to find out more about available tools and the benefits of each model. The day highlighted different approaches to and aspects of repository models and was useful for those who wish to take a more modular approach to repository building. The day was also useful to people who are starting to move from strategic...

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Joint DPC/DCC Forum - Policies for Digital Curation and Preservation

The Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) and Digital Curation Centre (DCC) delivered a two-day workshop to explore the range of policies required to manage, preserve, and reuse the information held within digital repositories over time. This event was co-sponsored by the Oxford Internet Institute (OII) and held at Wolfson College at the University of Oxford on 3rd and 4th of July, 2006. Developing and implementing a range of policies is vital for enabling the effective management, discovery,...

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DPC Forum on Web Archiving

The DPC held a one-day web archiving forum at the British Library. The first DPC web archiving forum was held in 2002 to promote the need to archive websites given their increasing importance as information and cultural resources. Four years on, this event again brought together key web archiving initiatives and provided a chance to review progress in the field. The day provided an in-depth picture of the UK Web Archiving project as well as European initiatives. Technical solutions and legal...

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