Preservation Planning

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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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An update from Oxford

Michael Popham is Head of Digital Collections & Preservation at Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford It has now been six months since the Polonsky funded “Digital Preservation at Oxford and Cambridge” project ( officially came to a close, but the impact of this work is still causing ripples across both organizations. Within the Bodleian Libraries at the University of Oxford, we have been seeking funding to support a number of business cases created as a direct...

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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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Counting on Reproducibility: Tangible Efforts and Intangible Assets

This workshop is part of a series of events in 2019, run by The Digital Preservation Coalition on behalf of the Jisc Open Research Hub (formerly known as the Research Data Shared Service, RDSS). Currently, this offers a pilot service to enable researchers to deposit data for publication, discovery, safe storage, long term archiving and preservation. As part of the pilot, Jisc have engaged the DPC to facilitate opportunities for community validation, wider dissemination, and horizon scanning...

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Safeguarding Our Digital Memory: New approaches to preservation, trust, decision making, and collaboration

The National Archives (UK) is exploring the creation of a new evidence base for Digital Preservation Risk.  An evidence based risk model is a fundamental tool in building inclusive digital archival practice for the future, and The National Archives team proposes a new approach to trust, offering a “bottom-up” data driven alternative to the familiar standards-based approaches, which cannot readily accommodate diverse contexts and different priorities. This webinar will provide an...

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The 'Capstone' email appraisal approach

Alexander Roberts is Digital Humanities Manager/Research Data Manager at Swansea University and attended iPRES2018 with support from the DPC's Leadership Programme which is generously funded by DPC Supporters   Welcome to my second blog post relating to themes and projects which sparked my imagination as a result of attending iPres2018, the international digital preservation conference, last September in Boston, USA. As I mentioned in my previous blog post discussing...

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The Application of Preservation Planning Templates to a Personal Digital Collection – Reflections on the Process

Introduction The PAWDOC collection was initiated in 1981 to support research into new office systems at the National Computing Centre in Manchester. The author continued to use the collection to manage all his documents throughout his subsequent IT career. The collection’s index contains six fields (Ref No, Title, Movement Status, Publication Date, Date Last Accessed, and Creation Date). Each of the 17,000 Index entries related to one or more of some 29,000 electronic files of a wide variety...

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It's all about the money

It was around this time four years ago that I (and other members of the 4C Project) were breathing huge sighs of relief. The Project had just been awarded an ‘Excellent’ rating by the European Commission Review Panel, but perhaps more significantly the Curation Costs Exchange (CCEx) had been born!

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Controlling the cost of digital preservation

For some time now, heritage organisations and other institutions have been in agreement about the need for the long-term preservation and accessibility of valuable digital resources. What is much less clear, however, are the costs of preserving digital heritage for the long term.  A group of heritage institutions within the Dutch Digital Heritage Network therefore designed a cost model for analysing and controlling the cost of digital preservation. The development of the model, its...

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First steps in a long journey

Judith Carr is Research Data Manager at the University of Liverpool The University of Liverpool became an associate member of the DPC in August 2018. At the time the nice people at DPC did not tell us that as a member you would be required to blog, nor that on their 2019 schedule we would be in Feb! This blog is rather like our digital preservation journey, a challenge. We literally have only just started and none of us are experts! Nevertheless, we are trying in our small way to push...

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Creating an evidence base for Digital Preservation Risk

Sonia Ranade and Alec Mulinder work for the UK National Archives Thanks to your posts on this blog over the last two years, we have a really good understanding of what digital preservation is: we’re on a mission to send messages to the future. And we want those messages to be faithfully transmitted, to retain their meaning and to be useful for generations to come. That’s a tall order, but fortunately, the digital preservation community is here to help. Our models give us a common frame of...

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Devising Your Digital Preservation Policy: Learnings from the Digital Preservation at Oxford and Cambridge (DPOC) project

Introduction Policy is a key mechanism for elevating digital preservation on your organisation’s agenda. Yet policy is only one tool in your toolbox. To develop a successful policy, one document alone won’t do it all; buy-in, governance, frameworks, and a suite of other documents matter, in order to inspire effective and lasting change. Come and learn about digital preservation policy development from the Digital Preservation at Oxford and Cambridge (DPOC) Policy and Planning Polonsky...

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Perspectives on the Evolving Ecology of Digital Preservation 

Oya Y. Rieger is Senior Advisor at Ithaka S+R, based in New York As an organization that provides research and consultancy services to the global higher education community to support the creation, discovery, dissemination, and preservation of scholarship, Ithaka S+R is interested in exploring the current landscape of digital preservation programs and services in order to identify research questions that will contribute to the advancement of strategies in support of future scholarship. To...

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