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Keeping Blogs Alive

Kelly Merks works at the Expatriate Archive Centre in the Hague, Netherlands The Expatriate Archive Centre (EAC) is an independent non-profit foundation. We aim to collect and preserve expatriate life stories, regardless of a person’s country of origin or where they moved to. Our focus is primarily on unique personal writings. Though much of our collection is tangible — including photographs, letters, diaries and other documents — in recent years we have begun to collect born-digital...

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(Already) 10 years of LHC Data Preservation

Jamie Shiers is Data Preservation in High Energy Physics Project Leader at CERN From the early days of planning for the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) it was known that it would generate an unprecedented amount of data. As we come to the end of the 2nd multi-year run (Run2) of the LHC, the CERN data archive has broken through the 300PB barrier. The LHC, including its planned upgrades, such as the High Luminosity LHC, will continue to take data for between one and two more decades when it...

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What if … your smartphone movies were suddenly all erased?

Brecht Declercq is Manager of Digitisation and Acquisition at VIAA, the Flemish Institute for Archiving in Belgium There it is, lying next to you. Or maybe it is in your handbag or pocket. It may still be on your bedside table. Or your children are messing with it. Yesterday you used it to make some video clips. From your partner, your parents, your children, your BFF or just from the car before you. You probably didn’t think about it, but you documented your life in images and...

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CIE TC8-15: Colour Imaging for Digital Preservation

Robert Buckley and Melitte Buchman are members of CIE TC8-15 – Archival Colour Imaging Technical Committee where Melitte is the Chair. CIE TC8-15 is the CIE Technical Committee on Archival Colour Imaging.  Overall the CIE is a technical, scientific and cultural non-profit organization in the field of light and lighting, encompassing fundamental subjects as vision, photometry and colorimetry. What does this have to do with the DPC and digital preservation? To the DPC, digital...

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Digital is an Illusion, but Film is a Reality?

Sanchai Chotirosseranee is Deputy Director of the Film Archive (Public Organization) in Thailand When it comes to the digital age, most people believed that there is no need to preserve original materials, once they are digitized. When we had a funding campaign for a film storage a decade ago, Dome Sukvong, the founder of the Thai Film Archive, used the motto inspired by a famous Thai saying that the “Digital is an Illusion, but Film is a Reality” to champion an awareness about the...

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A Greener Film Archive

Janice Chen is Archive Officer at the Asian Film Archive in Singapore Much has been written about the escalating carbon footprint arising from digital consumption and its resulting environmental impact. The U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reported that the world needs sweeping changes to energy, transportation and other systems to hold global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.[i] The bleak future facing our world and the devastating natural disasters in 2018 that have hit...

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No Time To Wait 3: Rough Consensus and Running Archives

Ashley Blewer is AV Preservation Specialist for Artefactual Systems   NTTW3 Group picture - Photo credit E. Verbruggen CC-BY

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Introducing ePADD

Glynn Edwards, Josh Schneider and Peter Chan are part of the team at Stanford University Libraries Email offers singular insight into and evidence of a person's self-expression, as well as records of collaboration, networks, and transactions. Email communications of prominent individuals, including politicians, writers, scholars, and the like, reveal not only their professional and personal actions, decisions, and creative output, but also relationships within society and communities....

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Community Cultivation and the Software Preservation Network

Jessica Meyerson is Research Program Officer for Educopia Institute and coordinating member of the Software Preservation Network Introduction As the Software Preservation Network (SPN) makes its first attempt to transition from a grant-funded effort to a member and sponsor-supported community, we do so with an awareness that initiating a new collaborative effort looks very different, in terms of required skills and resources, from sustaining an existing collaborative effort. We are...

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Web Archiving & Preservation Task Force

The virtual conference of the Web Archiving & Preservation Task Force will resume at 14.00 GMT when the group re-convenes after a tour of National Records of Scotland. Description This gathering of the Web Archiving & Preservation Task Force (WAPTF) will provide an opportunity for delegates to discuss the web archiving and preservation topics important to their institutions, their collections, and their users. Hosted by National Records of Scotland, the meeting will progress issues raised at...

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Web Preservation at iPRES 2018

Colin Armstrong is a Disc Imaging Technician at the British Library and attended iPRES 2018 with support from the DPC's Leadership Programme which is generously funded by DPC Supporters It is important to state fae the off that web preservation and internet archiving is not something I am particularly familiar with; so I was pleased to attend the morning paper presentations on web preservation and get tae grips with the terminology, learn about some practical theories in...

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Archiving Scotland's Digital Historic Environment

I’ve been invited to share some initial thoughts and observations as the new Digital Archivist at Historic Environment Scotland (HES), a role I started in mid-August. HES was formed in 2014 following the merger of two parent bodies Historic Scotland and the Royal Commission for the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS). It is the lead public body set up to investigate, care for and promote Scotland’s historic environment. 

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Digital Preservation Topical Notes Series

This series of topical notes aims to address key issues of digital preservation for a non-specialist audience. Starting with "What is Digital Preservation?", the notes examine why digital preservation is important while giving an overview of the steps needed to maintain access to digital information. Written specifically with record creators in mind, the notes also provide simple guidance on how they can ensure their digital records are preservation ready. The development of this series of...

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Invitation to collaborate with W3C on Web Publications Standard

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) are keen to engage with the digital preservation community for comment on their draft Web Publications standard (https://w3c.github.io/wpub/) - a possible replacement for EPUB. They would like to ensure that this specification, and future Web Publications based on it, are well prepared for archival. This is an excellent opportunity for this community to make a small contribution now, that could result in considerable preservation benefits further down the...

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Webinar Miniseries: Legal Possibilities for Software Preservation - Episode 7: Software Preservation and Public Accountability: Moving the Needle

The Legal Possibilities for Software Preservation Miniseries builds on the Software Preservation Webinar Series that ran from April 23 - May 30, 2018. This miniseries explores the legal challenges associated with preservation, sharing and reuse of software. Guests discuss their current advocacy work and next steps for legal strategy around software preservation. The Miniseries and the Software Preservation Webinar Series are both jointly hosted by the...

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Monitoring Change in Web and Social Media Content: an Urban Big Data Centre Methods Seminar

Description Invitation to DPC Members to Attend an Urban Big Data Centre (UBDC) Methods Seminar co-hosted by DPC with talks by Raymond Cha of the Environmental Data & Governance Initiative (EDGI) on Monitoring US Federal Websites on Climate Change, Energy, and the Environment and Shawn Walker of Arizona State University on The Ephemerality of Social Media: How Social Media Changes Over Time and Its Impact on Our Research Raymond Cha of the Environmental Data & Governance Initiative (EDGI)...

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Webinar Miniseries: Legal Possibilities for Software Preservation - Episode 6: Overview of Current Trends and Their Legal Implications

The Legal Possibilities for Software Preservation Miniseries builds on the Software Preservation Webinar Series  that ran from April 23 - May 30, 2018. This miniseries explores the legal challenges associated with preservation, sharing and reuse of software. Guests discuss their current advocacy work and next steps for legal strategy around software preservation.  The Miniseries and the Software Preservation Webinar Series are both jointly hosted...

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Web Archiving & Preservation Task Force Reconvened

Description This will be the first reconvened meeting of the Web Archiving & Preservation Task Force where participants will discuss and agree on the new Terms of Reference and commence discussions on the topics important to their institutions, their collections, and their users. The Task Force was first formed in 2010 in an effort to coordinate national web archiving programmes. In recent years, however, new developments in web archiving have emerged and many more organisations have turned...

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Draft Outline for Preserving Email (2nd Edition) now available for comment (DPC Member Login Required)

Preserving email: how hard could it be? Following on from a DPC Briefing Day in January 2018, Christopher Prom, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and co-chair of the Task Force on Technical Approaches to Email Archives, will be updating his popular DPC Technology Watch Report Preserving Email. The Draft Outline for this second edition, which gives an overview of the updated report and an indication of new material, is now available for DPC Members to review. Any feedback or...

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The EC Vision of our Access and Preservation Mission

On the 25th of April this year (2018) the European Commission released its Recommendation on access to and preservation of scientific information Brussels, 25.4.2018 C(2018) 2375 final (author resists temptation of side-rant on ISO standard date formats). This work by Mariya Gabriel and Carlos Moedas replaces that by Neelie Kroes (then Commission Vice-President) back in 2012. This revision ”recognises that big data and high-performance computing are changing the way research is...

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