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Building a Digital Future : Challenges & Solutions for Preserving 3D Models

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 of preserving 3D models and hear examples of how organizations are tackling this issue. Speakers from a range of backgrounds and experiences will describe challenges and solutions from their own contexts and the day will include opportunities for Q&A...

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Harnessing the Crowd: Coronavirus Topical Collection at the UK Web Archive

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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Web Archiving & Preservation Webinar Episode Four: Outreach & Awareness Raising

Following on from Episode Three on integrating web archives into existing collections, this episode addresses strategies for engaging researchers and other users and raising awareness about how to find and use archived web content. While methods for capturing and archiving the web have improved, significant use of these materials by researchers is still relatively nascent. Many archive and library users aren’t even aware that web archives exist. Speakers for this webinar will discuss the...

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Web Archiving & Preservation Webinar Episode Three: Integrating Web Archives into Existing Collections

Following on from Episodes One and Two on different approaches to capturing web content, Episode Three invites speakers and participants to discuss the challenges of integrating web archives into existing collections. The episode will address issues such as: choosing tools or services for capture for different types of content understanding the output of different web archiving tools or services metadata for archived web content curating WARCs and turning them into...

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Web Archiving & Preservation Webinar Episode Two: Approaches & Tools - DIY & Microservices

Following on from Episode One on large-scale approaches, this episode examines alternative methods of archiving web content, focusing on smaller scale tools and strategies that suit particular content types or more focussed collecting. Episode Two: Approaches & Tools - DIY & Microservices provides an overview of how to do web archiving yourself, whether you’re an archivist for a small organisation, a research data manager looking for ways to support web-based research outputs, or a...

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Save the Date for the Next Web Archiving & Preservation Working Group General Meeting in Belfast

Mark your calendars! The DPC is delighted to announce the next Web Archiving & Preservation Working Group General Meeting will take place at the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) in Belfast on 23 July 2020. As a General Meeting, this event will be open only to DPC Members. All Members are welcome (and encouraged!) despite previous participation.

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Web Archiving & Preservation Webinar Episode One: Approaches & Tools - Large-scale and Collaborative

Launching the Web Archiving & Preservation Webinar Series , Episode One will feature three speakers discussing Approaches & Tools - Large-scale and Collaborative. This episode introduces approaches and tools for capturing web archives with scalable services or collaborative programmes. Speakers will address strategies for large-scale web archiving, where volume necessitates automation for efficient capture and search functionality. The webinar will also reflect on the limitations of...

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Episode Three of the Web Archiving & Preservation Webinar Series in now open for registration

The DPC is delighted to announce registration is now open for the webinar 'Integrating Web Archives into Existing Collections'. This webinar is the third episode of the Web Archiving & Preservation Webinar Series for DPC Members and Supporters and will take place on 20 February 2020 at 14:00 GMT. 

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Web Archiving & Preservation Working Group: Social Media & Complex Content

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Web Archiving & Preservation Webinar Series - Winter 2020 (DPC Members & Supporters only)

The DPC is delighted to announce a new webinar series, Web Archiving & Preservation, for DPC Members and Supporters commencing 30th January 2020. In response to requests for more guidance on archiving web content (and acknowledging the demand expressed in DPC's 2018 Digital Preservation Training Needs Survey), this webinar series targets specific activities and approaches to help organisations learn about how to plan, implement, and progress web archiving at their institution.

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Finding the balance: Multidisciplinary teams in digital preservation

Sarah Mason is Systems Archivist for Artefactual Systems Inc. and is based in the UK World Digital Preservation Day is a great chance for the digital preservation community to celebrate achievements, to reach out to those outside and bring them into the community; it is also a chance to discuss what challenges we face and what opportunities are out there to help us move forward. So in the face of challenges that involve funding, staffing, and managerial or IT buy-in, how do we...

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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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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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Community Standards for 3D Data Preservation

Jennifer Moore (Washington University in St. Louis), Adam Rountrey (University of Michigan Museum of Paleontology) and Hannah Scates Kettler (Iowa State University) are Primary Investigators for CS3DP (Community Standards for 3D Data Preservation)   Rapid adoption of new technologies can sometimes result in the creation of vast quantities of poorly documented, at-risk data.  While the immediate advantages of a breakthrough technology such as low-cost 3D scanning or...

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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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What if online services had a time dimension?

Euan Cochrane is Digital Preservation Manager at Yale University Library Online web services are used by billions of people every day. They impact our lives and society in a myriad of ways. The way they present data to us and the ways they manipulate and transform the data we store in them have the potential to change behaviour and our understanding of the world. And this is all being done at a scale unimaginable in previous history.  These services have changed greatly over...

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Preserving and Integrating Community Knowledge of Computing Systems

Ethan Gates is Software Preservation Analyst, Digital Preservation Services at Yale University Library in the USA The efforts of the EaaSI (Emulation-as-a-Service Infrastructure) project and the Software Preservation Network to preserve the software and computing environments around digital objects have revealed that a parallel effort needs to be made to preserve the expertise and knowledge necessary to use and interact with such environments. Scanning software manuals and printed...

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Email at Risk: Challenges and Opportunities in Preserving Email

Sally DeBauche is Digital Archivist at Stanford University Libraries in the USA Email offers singular insight into and evidence of a person or organization’s self-expression, as well as records of collaboration, professional, social, and familial networks, and all manner of transactions. Email is an essential component of the archival record -- the modern equivalent of the type or hand-written correspondence of past centuries. However, email is also a complex format that...

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Exploring 3D File Formats on the Sustainability of Digital Formats

Kate Murray is Digital Projects Coordinator, Leader of Sustainability of Digital Formats and FADGI Audiovisual Working Group at the Library of Congress in the USA 3D content, both digitized and born-digital, continues to be an area of focus across the Library of Congress. Last year on the #WDPD blog, we focused on a recap of the Born to Be 3D: Digital Stewardship of Intrinsic 3D Data (#B2B3D) small group forum to discuss stewardship of born digital 3D data. This year on the...

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Digital Preservation and Games

Nance McGovern is Director of Digital Preservation at MIT Libraries, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the USA This year for World Digital Preservation Day I decided to focus on the place of games in digital preservation. The digital preservation community benefits from having digital preservation games to help build understanding and awareness about good practice for digital preservation games also represent an example of complex digital content that may need to be...

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