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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Risk Alert: Insufficient Technical Metadata

Hannah Merwood is a Research Assistant in the Digital Archiving department at The National Archives. Last year Sonia Ranade and Alec Mulinder wrote a blog introducing the work we are doing at The National Archives to create a new method to manage digital preservation risk. In January, our lottery funded research project “Safeguarding the Nation’s Digital Memory'' was launched - a collaborative project with statisticians at the University of Warwick and other UK archive partners to develop a...

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If These WARCs Could Talk: Learning from Archived Web & Social Media Covid-19 Collections

A Note from the Editor, Sara Day Thomson As the coordinator of the DPC’s Web Archiving & Preservation Working Group, it has been my absolute pleasure to work with some of the most enthusiastic, creative, and persevering professionals in the field. The community of archivists, curators, librarians, researchers, and enthusiasts who do the work of capturing and preserving web resources has always displayed a collaborative spirit and a willingness to try new approaches and learn from each...

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Capturing the UK Government Response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic at The National Archives UK

A Note from the Editor, Sara Day Thomson As the coordinator of the DPC’s Web Archiving & Preservation Working Group, it has been my absolute pleasure to work with some of the most enthusiastic, creative, and persevering professionals in the field. The community of archivists, curators, librarians, researchers, and enthusiasts who do the work of capturing and preserving web resources has always displayed a collaborative spirit and a willingness to try new approaches and learn from each...

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Online! For Your Eyes Only: Scalable Approaches to Identifying, Managing, and Securing Sensitive or Restricted Information

This event has been adapted to our virtual platform to keep our speakers and delegates healthy but well-informed on the issues in digital preservation!  The DPC invites you to join us for this briefing day to learn about the challenges to identifying, managing and securing information containing sensitive or restricted information within a preservation environment. Speakers from a range of backgrounds and experiences will describe the problem from their own context. Participants will...

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Digital Preservation Policy Toolkit

DPC Members only: please login to access all of the sections below. This Toolkit provides information to assist in the construction of a digital preservation policy. It will help guide you from initial research and preparation phases, to drafting your policy, gathering feedback and, finally, polishing and communicating the finished policy.  There is no one-size-fits-all formula for writing a digital preservation policy. How you write your policy will depend on your own context and...

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Suite deal for DPC Members

It's been all action at the DPC in recent weeks, what with new members of staff and even a new office in Australia, but we've also been beavering away on some new member offerings in the background. In this blog post I'm going to talk about a suite of new (and revised) resources for our members which will be appearing over the next few months.

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Registration Now Open - For Your Eyes Only: Scalable Approaches to Identifying, Managing, and Securing Sensitive or Restricted Information

The DPC is delighted to announce registration is now open for the Briefing Day 'For Your Eyes Only: Scalable Approaches to Identifying, Managing, and Securing Sensitive or Restricted Information' on the 2 April 2020 in Salford.

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Nothing About Us Without Us

I was asked recently to sketch out some thoughts about archives and artificial intelligence. I am drawn to the topic as usual but with little real clue of where to start, so my point of departure is a comment on ethics. I have no real mandate to frame the ethical tone for what should be a very important debate, but if we don’t start here – if we put technology first – then there’s every possibility that we will end in the wrong place, either through sterile solutionizing, or worse by selling...

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Ready, steady, sprint….or how to write a policy toolkit in 3 days

Many years ago I ran a half marathon in Bristol but running a book sprint there was an entirely different proposition. It could be argued however that both were exhausting and rewarding in equal measure! Last week, DPC staff joined with colleagues from the University of Bristol and a small group of invited experts to work on a new resource for DPC Members - a Digital Preservation Policy Toolkit.

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It Takes a Village… to Manage Digital Assets

Helen Hockx-Yu is Enterprise Data Architect at the University of Notre Dame in the USA The University of Notre Dame (UND) is a private research university located in the United States. I joined UND in 2016 as a programme manager for digital asset management. Since 2009, various initiatives have taken place to address the challenge but they have largely been specific in their scope and not broadly adopted across the University as a whole. I was expected to build on the previous work, to...

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Perspective in Digital Preservation

Alberto Castro Thompson, Ana Yuri Ramírez Molina and Lisandro Pablo Olivares work in the Innovation and Digital Strategy Coordination (CIED) team at Biblioteca Nacional de México The National Library of Mexico (BNM) is legally empowered by a Decree of Legal Deposit of national scope since 1812[i] and last modified in 1991, being in this reform where publications in electronic formats are included for the first time.

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Preserving Research Data: Finding Our Legs at Scholars Portal

Grant Hurley is Digital Preservation Librarian, Scholars Portal and Meghan Goodchild is Research Data Management Systems Librarian, Scholars Portal/Queen’s University Library. They are based in Ontario, Canada As a service provider, Scholars Portal is building a suite of services and infrastructure to support the research data management and preservation in Canada. But a key gap is the ability of our member institutions to make use of these services when there is a lack...

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DOCUMENT THIS. And this. And this, too.

Amy Rudersdorf is a Senior Consultant with AVP in the USA As a consultant with AVP, I work with many different types of organizations to help them assess and optimize their digital preservation programs. I have the opportunity to really dig into the inner workings of these digital preservation environments. I've found that it is very common for institutions to have very little documentation relating to their digital preservation programs. Sure, you know what you're doing, but...

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Stewardship with a network logic

Brian Lavoie is Research Scientist for OCLC in the USA An important class of at-risk digital materials is the myriad forms of output generated over the research lifecycle – think of data sets, computer code, online discussions, e-lab notebooks, and so on. Growing recognition of the value of these materials to the scholarly record has led to many efforts to collect and preserve them over the long term. But mitigating risks associated with preserving digital research outputs...

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Inspiring Confidence: Securing ARCW Security

Sally McInnes is Chair of the ARCW Digital Preservation Group and Head of Unique Collections and Collections Care at the National Library of Wales It has been two years since the Archives and Records Council launched its National Digital Preservation Policy on International Digital Preservation Day, 2017.  Since then, ARCW has made considerable progress in supporting the policy, the aims of which are to: To ensure digital resources of enduring value are selected for preservation and...

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Taming the Pre-Ingest Processing Monster

Sheila Morrissey is Senior Researcher at Portico, based in New York We hear again and again that, first, one of the biggest threats to ensuring long-term access to our digital heritage is the cost of preservation, and, second, that one of the critical cost drivers is the set of activities associated with selection, acquisition, and other pre-ingest processing (such as quality assurance of acquired artifacts).  As the amount of content in preservation archives grows at geometric...

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Charting the Landscape: A digital content review for effective long-term preservation planning

Daniele Balduzzi is IT Officer/Archivist and Shiri Alon is Archivist at World Bank Group Archives A year ago, our colleagues Jeanne Kramer-Smyth and April Miller published a post about the people and process investments required for the Archives of the World Bank Group (WBG) to fully handle both analog and born-digital records. In this post we will discuss how we are defining the digital landscape of the WBG in order to shape and refine our long-term digital preservation...

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On a Transparent Process for Digital Preservation

Leslie Johnston is Director of Digital Preservation at the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) in Washington DC, USA The Strategic Plan for the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration outlines a vision to ensure ongoing access to government information. Digital preservation is crucial for this work, as evidenced by the June 2019 direction (M-19-21, Transition to Electronic Records) to Federal agencies to transition to a fully...

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Teaching a Young Dog Old Tricks: Emulation Research at the National Library of Scotland

Sara Day Thomson is Research Officer at the DPC |  Graham Purnell is Digital Preservation Assistant at the National Library of Scotland 1: Getting Our Feet Wet in Emulation World Digital Preservation Day celebrates all the inspiring work being done in digital preservation around the world. It celebrates innovative tools and techniques, effective advocacy and awareness-raising, and collaboration among fellow practitioners. This summer, I got to experience all of those things at the...

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Estamos perdiendo la credibilidad

Hernán Cabrera Pichuante es Jefe de Proyectos Técnicos del Proyecto de Modernización de Archivos Nacionales de Chile (National Archives of Chile) [English version follows] Estamos llenos de información almacenada y muchos de mis conocidos en el área de TI insisten en que la copia no solo es segura, sino que, prácticamente eterna. Es frecuente ver como las políticas de respaldo de los activos tecnológicos llenan bodegas con cintas magnéticas creadas en modernos sistemas automáticos de...

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