Preservation Lifecycle

The digital preservation lifecycle refers to all of the stages required to preserve and sustain access to digital content; from creation to ingest, management and administration to access and reuse.

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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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Enhancing Services to Preserve New Forms of Scholarship

Karen Hanson is Senior Research Developer for Portico The last decade or so has seen the emergence of a new kind of scholarly work - the enhanced digital monograph. While still recognizable as monographs, these resources include a variety of dynamic features that cannot be replicated in print format. These works represent a leap forward for scholarship, but their formats, use of dynamic features, and composite nature present complex preservation challenges.  To help address these...

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Web Archiving & Preservation Task Force

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 Tate, the meeting will progress issues raised at the last meeting, such as the formation of sub-groups around specific areas of interest like social media. Remote Joining For those unable to attend in-person, the meeting will be accessible...

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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 (www.dpoc.ac.uk) 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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Undateables – methods for determining date ranges for born-digital documents when file system dates go bad

Paul Young is Digital Preservation Specialist/Researcher at the National Archives UK What’s the problem? Determining reliable dates for digital records can be a source of frustration, especially when confronted with a large volume of digital files with dates that are obviously incorrect, such as why your Microsoft Word Document 1997 version dates from 1st January 1970. Dates are very important for The National Archives in particular as we look to transfer records from departments under...

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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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New "What To Keep" research data report published by Jisc

“What To Keep?” a new Jisc research data report by Neil Beagrie of Charles Beagrie Ltd has just been published by Jisc. What to keep in terms of research data has been a recognised issue for some time but research data management and in particular appraisal and selection (i.e. “what to keep and why”) has become a more significant focus in recent years as volumes and diversity of data have grown, and as the available infrastructure for ‘keeping’ has become more diverse.

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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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