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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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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. For some of these organisations, digital preservation is entirely new and the relevant resources will need to be assembled for the first time. Even established programs will face new challenges, and the range of tools and services required may...

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

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Everybody is [Gonna Be] Kung Fu Fighting!

Establishing a new programme of work can be incredibly difficult to do if you cannot devote enough focused time and resources towards the objectives you wish to achieve. I bring this up because the DPC has been keen to break into online training provision for several years now, especially with our membership growing in terms of both numbers and diversity of location. It is, however, not an easy thing to do, and even harder to do well. There needs to be time spent on procuring and implementing...

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Save the Date for Aye, Preserve! Digital Preservation in the West of Scotland in Glasgow 12 March 2020

Mark your calendars for 12 March 2020 for Aye, Preserve! in Glasgow!

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iPres 2019: Preserving the people in digital preservation

Elisabeth Thurlow is Digital Archives and Collections Implementation Manager at the University of the Arts London. She attended iPres2019 with support from the DPC's Career Development Fund which is generously funded by DPC supporters. A recurrent theme across many of the papers presented at this year’s iPres conference was the important role of people in digital preservation. Technology tends to dominate conversations around digital preservation, but for digital...

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Capturing Cultural Transformation: an update on the Hull 2017 City of Culture digital archive

Laura Giles is City of Culture Digital Archivist at The University of Hull Back in October 2017 we at the University of Hull blogged about the early stages of our plan to archive the Hull 2017 City of Culture. The project was in its infancy then so we’re keen now to share an update of where this journey has taken us since. The idea for the Hull City of Culture Digital Archive was conceived shortly after the announcement in November 2013 that Hull was to be the holder of the 2017 title...

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Introducing the new NDSA Levels of Preservation

Since August 2018 I have been involved in an ambitious international effort to revise the NDSA Levels of Preservation. When I first joined the revision group I was working as a digital archivist at the Borthwick Institute for Archives. I was a digital archivist who very much appreciated the NDSA Levels and had used them frequently to measure progress and to communicate with colleagues. The rumours that I had them printed out and pinned up above my desk are indeed true. I believe I was what...

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Finding the Cutting Edge in Common Formats

Elizabeth Kata is Digital Archives Assistant at the International Atomic Engergy Agency (IAEA). She attended iPres2019 with support from the DPC's Career Development Fund which is generously funded by DPC supporters. Placing a session with the title “Common Formats” under the theme “Cutting Edge” seemed at first contradictory as I looked over the iPRES 2019 program, but the four papers presented in this session demonstrated cutting edge work being done with and to...

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La preservación Digital en Latinoamérica

Alexander Barquero es director del Archivo Nacional de Costa Rica y Coordinador del Grupo de trabajo sobre Gestión y Preservación de Documentos Electrónicos de la Asociación Latinoamericana de Archivos [English version follows] En un mundo globalizado, transformado por las sociedades del conocimiento e inmerso en la cuarta revolución industrial, los países de la región latinoamericana tienen un gran reto (y una gran oportunidad) para potenciar la capacidad productiva de sus...

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Hyperreal Intangible Cultural Heritage: Digital Preservation of Dance

Anna Oates is Scholarly Communication and Discovery Services Librarian at Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis in the USA, and former graduate student of the Illinois School of Information Sciences where these studies originated. A Roundabout Introduction to Digital Preservation of Dance: Navigating the PDF/A Standard Four months after its initial submission, my master's thesis [1] appeared on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign institutional repository. Since this...

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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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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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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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