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World Digital Preservation Day

At-Risk Digital Materials   About World Digital Preservation Day World Digital Preservation Day is held on the first Thursday of every November. This year we will celebrate all things digital preservation on 5th November 2020! With the theme 'At-Risk Digital Materials' the digital preservation community will come together to celebrate their work - the collections they have preserved, the access they have maintained and the...

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Second call for Digital Preservation Awards nominations: submit by 10th August 2020

With six weeks left to submit your nominations, do not miss your opportunity for recognition as part of the most prominent celebration of achievement for those people and organisations around the world who have made significant and innovative contributions to securing our digital legacy! Send your nominations by 09:00 am (BST) on Monday 10th August and be in with a chance of being named the best in your field of expertise. Entry to the Digital Preservation Awards is free and open to all,...

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Getting Started with Advocacy for Digital Preservation

Introduction Digital preservation relies on a wide range of skills and services, so practitioners and managers must coordinate a diverse set of skills, policies, tools and services from disparate sources within and outside their organisations. The ability to communicate the importance of digital preservation with other staff, departments, and organisations has, therefore, emerged as a key skill for our community so we can advocate for the funding and resources we...

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Digital Preservation Procurement Toolkit

Use this to help deliver a successful procurement of third party digital preservation services or infrastructure This Toolkit does not aim to provide a guide to procurement itself, but instead to provide advice on how to get the best result possible out of a procurement process with a minimum of pain. It has been designed primarily for DPC Members who are procuring services, but it will also provide benefits to vendors/suppliers by improving communication, clarity and efficiency throughout...

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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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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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COVID-19: The duty to document does not cease in a crisis, it becomes more essential

[French and Spanish versions follow] We, the signatories of this statement, call on governments, businesses, and research institutions around the world to document their decisions and transactions now and for the future.  Building on the UNESCO communique ‘Turning the threat of COVID-19 into an opportunity for greater support to documentary heritage’ and reinforcing the call that decision-makers in the public and private sectors recognise the value of records management and...

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Novice to Know-How: New online digital preservation training

Today the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) and the UK National Archives celebrates the release of the Novice to Know-How online digital preservation training pathway with an online launch event. As part of The National Archives' ‘Plugged In Powered Up’ strategy, the free online training provides learners with the skills and confidence required to preserve the born-digital records held by their organisation.

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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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Teaching, outreach and advocacy for the NDSA Levels of Preservation

In October 2019 after several months of collaboration and hard work, the NDSA was pleased to announce the publication of version 2 of the Levels of Preservation (LoP). A follow up blog post on the DPC blog highlighted in particular the work of the Revision Working Group and flagged up some of the main changes that were made in moving the original Levels to version 2. Of course the Levels of Preservation reboot effort was more than just the work of the Revision group. Bradley Daigle...

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Novice to Know-How: Register now for free online digital preservation training

The Digital Preservation Coalition and The UK National Archives are offering access to free online digital preservation training from Friday 1st May as they launch their Novice to Know-How initiative. With priority given to the UK Archive Sector and DPC Member institutions, learners are invited to register for access to this brand-new resource by 30th April 2020.

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The Greatest Hits: Volume 1, OAIS

Two weeks ago, DPC launched #DPConnect so that the global digital preservation community can stay connected through the lockdown. Last week, with support from colleagues at the UK National Archives, we were able to open our online training platform ‘Novice to Know-How’. This week we'll announce two further initiatives so that, when we return to work, members will be better connected and better informed to meet the digital preservation challenges in their own institutions. Over the years DPC...

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Enacting Environmentally Sustainable Preservation: some thoughts

On Friday last week the DPC hosted a webinar on ‘Enacting Environmentally Sustainable Preservation’. We were delighted to be able to get all four authors of a recent article in American Archivist in the (virtual) room together with our Members to discuss this important topic. The article is available here and I’d urge digital preservation people everywhere to read it if you haven’t already. I joked within the webinar last week that I wished I’d written it myself...but I should also note that...

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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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Aye, Preserve! Digital Preservation in the West of Scotland

This event is now sold out. To join the WaitList, please contact John McMillan: john[dot]mcmillan[at]dpconline.org   The University of Glasgow and the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) welcome you to join us for Aye, Preserve! on the 12th March 2020. Aye Preserve brings together professionals undertaking digital preservation in the west of Scotland and beyond. The event provides an occasion to: Hear an overview of digital preservation and why it's important Get an update on the...

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Advocacy and Pilot Projects with Born Digital Photography at the National Library of Ireland

The National Library of Ireland (NLI) is home to collections that record the memory of Ireland. This includes extensive visual collections in the form of prints, drawings and ephemera. The NLI also holds the world’s largest collection of photographs relating to Ireland, in a variety of formats from daguerreotypes to chromogenic processes. But what about the contemporary visual record, Irish born digital photography? In order to develop our capacity to collect, preserve and share Irish...

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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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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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Novice to Ninja: The UK National Archives and DPC to deliver online digital preservation training

The National Archives in the UK and the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) are collaborating in a project called ‘Novice to Ninja’, which will make online digital preservation training available to practitioners around the world later this year. The project is part of The National Archives’ new digital capacity building strategy, ‘Plugged In, Powered Up’. Researched, developed and tested by experts within the digital preservation community, the Novice to Ninja training will be practically...

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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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