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5 facts about digital heritage on portable media

Almost all heritage institutions have them: CDs, DVDs and floppy discs bearing digital heritage. Unfortunately, at about 40% of the Dutch heritage institutions this material is in danger of being lost, according to a recently published study by the Dutch Digital Heritage Network (DDHN). That is … if no action is taken now. "The information on these CDs and other so-called physical carriers belongs to collections and should therefore be permanently accessible," says Niels Komen, project leader...

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Preserving the Mystery (Box)

Eleanor Dumbill is the Library Support Officer (Research Repository) at the University of Loughborough. Shortly after joining the repository team at Loughborough, I was presented with a mysterious cardboard box. My colleagues were only able to tell me that the contents were generally related to past doctoral theses and that the box had been sitting under a desk in the office for at least ten years. I’ve been able to use some of my experiences investigating this box in training as an...

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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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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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How Researchers Use the Archived Web: DPC publishes first in new Technology Watch Guidance Note Series

The DPC has launched a new series of Technology Watch Guidance Notes which complement its popular Technology Watch Reports. The first of these Guidance Notes is now available for DPC Members and is titled How Researchers Use the Archived Web, by Peter Webster (requires member login). How Researchers Use the Archived Web orients organisations engaged in Web archiving (or those intending to be), to the kinds of uses researchers might expect to make of the content they...

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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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Catching an Avalanche with a Teaspoon: the Global Challenge of Web Archiving the Coronavirus Pandemic

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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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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