Maturity Modelling

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Introducing the DPC RAM

“If you can’t measure it, you can’t control it.” Martin Robb, National Programme Manager, NDA   I’ve heard this phrase several times since starting work on a digital preservation project with the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority here in the UK. Colleagues at the NDA were very keen that as part of our two year project with them, we found an appropropriate way of measuring where they are now in their digital preservation journey and establishing a clear direction of travel. Maturity...

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DPC Rapid Assessment Model introductory webinar

Members, please sign in to watch the recording This members-only webinar introduces the DPC's newest member benefit - the Rapid Assessment Model (RAM). Topics include: how and why it was created who it is for how it should be used benefits for DPC members how to give feedback We are joined by DPC Members who have already applied the RAM. They share some observations about the model and how it might help them move forward with digital preservation within their own...

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How often should DPC RAM be used?

DPC RAM has continuous improvement at its core! Though it can be used for a one-off exercise it is recommended that it is applied on a more regular basis to highlight progress or demonstrate where further resource is required. It has been designed to provide a rapid assessment of current capabilities so it should not be too onerous a task to apply it on a regular schedule. DPC Members will be encouraged to complete the DPC RAM on an annual basis. "The DPC RAM was an easy...

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How should DPC RAM be used?

Applying DPC RAM should be fairly straightforward but there are a few important things to note: The bulleted lists provided within a level for each of the criteria are provided as illustrative examples only - you don’t have to tick them all off before you have attained a level. They may not all apply to the context in which you work, or you may have other things that you do that help you reach that level. Make an honest and realistic assessment which level best fits your current...

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How long will it take to use DPC RAM?

The model is designed to be relatively quick and easy to use for any organisation charged with preserving digital information for the long term. Some institutions have applied this model in less than 1 hour. For others it may take longer, particularly if wider consultation with a range of colleagues is required or if multiple streams of digital content are being assessed. Note that though establishing where your organization is using DPC RAM may be a relatively quick process,  it...

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Who can use DPC RAM?

The model can be used by any organisation with a need to preserve digital information for the long term. It should be possible to apply it regardless of the sector in which you work or the type of information that you are preserving. The maturity levels are based on existing good practice and try to be agnostic to particular preservation strategies or approaches.   DPC RAM for DPC Members Whilst the model is freely available for anyone to use, DPC Members will have the...

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What to do after DPC RAM

After completing your DPC RAM assessment you may want to follow up with some further activities:   Share your assessment with colleagues and senior managers within your organization. A copy of the assessment can be used as a conversation starter to talk about where you are now and what areas would benefit from improvement. Use the results of your assessment as evidence within a business case for digital preservation as it will help to effectively illustrate gaps and priority...

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DPC Rapid Assessment Model

What is DPC RAM? The DPC Rapid Assessment Model (RAM) is a digital preservation maturity modelling tool that has been designed to enable rapid benchmarking of an organization’s digital preservation capability. This model aims to be: Applicable for organizations of any size and in any sector Applicable for all content of long-term value Preservation strategy and solution agnostic Based on existing good practice Simple to understand and quick to apply DPC Members, login to watch the...

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A new maturity model for digital preservation

We’d like to tell you a little bit about a digital preservation maturity model we have been developing for DPC members. “What? Another maturity model?” you might say. Indeed there are many maturity models already available, so why create another? To answer that, I’ll give you a bit of background as to how this particular piece of work came about and how we have approached it.

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The Maturing of Digital Preservation

Ross Harvey is Professor at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia I’ve been thinking lately about the maturing of digital preservation. Exactly when it was born is difficult to determine. Wikipedia’s ‘Timeline of Digital Preservation’[1] starts in 1972, and Peter Hirtle suggests ‘at least the 1960s’.[2] Other contenders include the establishment of data archives in the 1960s. But although its precise age is debatable, we can agree that digital preservation has been around long enough to...

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Invitation to participate in Maturity and Resourcing Survey for Digital Preservation

The Digital Preservation Oxford and Cambridge (DPOC) project in collaboration with the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) has developed a short survey intended to gather information from collecting and research organisations around the world who have a remit to manage digital content. The survey has a particular focus on staffing resources, but also briefly covers policy, strategy, and maturity modelling. Concrete information for benchmarking institutions against...

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What's Going On...

As anyone who has attended one of our ‘Getting Started with Digital Preservation’ workshops will know, I love maturity modelling (and talking at length about why I love maturity modelling…..) Whether you're looking for a light weight tech-focused approach like the NDSA Levels through to something more indepth like the Digital Preservation Capability Maturity Model, there's something out there for you. Why am I such an advocate for this process, you ask? It’s because I believe that if you’re...

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{jcomments on}  Andrea Goethals works at the National Library of New Zealand Recently I unexpectedly found myself with extra time on my hands, as I was preparing to take a new position halfway around the world. Like most of you, I’m assuming, I normally don’t get the time to go back and reread some of my favorite digital preservation papers, discover new favorites I missed previously, or to follow the sourced papers to see where it takes me. Because my interests lie in what it...

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Highlights from the E-ARK Conference

{jcomments on} Over the last three years, the partners of the E-ARK Project have worked together to develop and test specifications and tools for the creation and management of information packages for preservation. Around this work they have also been busily undertaking complementary research and resource creation, resulting in a wide variety of new and improved practical solutions for those undertaking digital preservation activities. On a crisp, cold day at the beginning of December...

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