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Digital Preservation Awards 2018 - Finalists: The Software Sustainability Institute Award for Research and Innovation

ePADD, University of Stanford ePADD is free and open source software developed by Stanford University Libraries and partners that supports the appraisal, processing, preservation, discovery, and delivery of email archives of potential historical or cultural value. Over the past five years, ePADD has pioneered the application of machine learning and natural language processing to confront challenges that collection donors, archivists, and researchers routinely face in donating, administering,...

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Digital Preservation Awards 2016 - Finalists: The NCDD Award for Teaching and Communications

Transforming Archives/Opening Up Scotland’s Archives  These HLF-supported programmes jointly offer 55 practical year-long traineeships (of which 37 fall into the qualifying period), hosted at 26 archives across England and Scotland 2014-17. Our aim is to transform the archives workforce, bringing people with specialist skills (including strong IT qualifications and experience) into the heritage sector and offering alternative pathways to careers in archives. Trainees focus on a...

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Digital Preservation Awards 2018 - Finalists: The DPC Award for Teaching and Communications

Evidence-­based postgraduate education in digital information management, University College Dublin In September 2015, University College Dublin’s School of Information and Communication Studies (ICS) launched the first educational programmes (Masters level) in digital curation in Ireland. With Funding from the Archives and Records Administration of the UK and Ireland, staff conducted a two-year study of the Irish digital curation landscape. Based on their findings, the School...

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Digital Preservation Awards 2016 - Finalists: The DPC Award for the Most Distinguished Student Work in Digital Preservation

A RAID map case study of high energy X-ray characterisation of microstructure by Edith Halvorssen, University of Glasgow Personal Archives Pre and Post Cloud Computing by Roland Quintaine, Aberystwyth University The Transferability of Trusted Digital Repository Standards to an East African context by Anthea Seles, University College London The Scalability and Realism of Digital Preservation Guidelines by Niamh Ni Charra, University College Dublin Preservation Practices of New Media...

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Digital Preservation Awards 2018 - Finalists: The National Records of Scotland Award for the Most Distinguished Student Work in Digital Preservation

'Navigating the PDF/A Standard: A Case Study of Theses' by Anna Oates, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign The PDF/A standard is a component of many institutional repository file format policies. However, the PDF/A standard is a component of many institutional repository file format policies. However, full conformance with the standard is often difficult to achieve for born-digital documents.This paper presents findings from trial migrations/normalization to PDF/A of student...

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Digital Preservation Awards 2016 - Finalists: The DPC Award for the Most Outstanding Digital Preservation Initiative in Industry

HSBC: Global Digital Archive System HSBC’s Global Digital Archive system launched in January 2015. It combines a synchronised Preservica  digital repository, with discrete Calm archival management catalogues covering Asia, Europe and  North America. This holistic approach to collections management and digital preservation merges  ingest and preservation workflows with strong search capabilities, enabling the archivists to curate  physical assets, digital...

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Digital Preservation Awards 2018 - Finalists: The ODI Award for the Most Outstanding Digital Preservation Initiative in Commerce, Industry and the Third Sector

Music Treasures, Stichting Omroep Muziek (SOM) The SOM has one of the largest collections of sheet music, both classical and popular music, in Europe, approximately 800.000 titles. A part of this collection has never been published since it was composed or arranged for the public broadcasting companies . The music was usually performed during radio and television broadcasts and mostly performed only once. This part of the collection, consisting of sheet music from the start of the radio-...

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Digital Preservation Awards 2016 - Finalists: The DPC Award for Safeguarding the Digital Legacy

The Digital Repository of Ireland: Preserving Ireland’s Social and Cultural Record The Digital Repository of Ireland is a national trusted digital repository for Ireland’s social and cultural data, built through extensive and ongoing engagement with relevant communities in Ireland, and according to international best practices in repository architecture and data management best practices. DRI serves a large community, but has been particularly attentive to the needs of community archives...

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Digital Preservation Awards 2018 - Finalists: The National Archives Award for Safeguarding the Digital Legacy

IFI Open Source tools: IFIscripts/ Loopline project, Irish Film Institute Frustrated by budget constraints and unresponsive commercial vendors the IFI Irish Film Archive was inspired by the FLOSS community to develop a suite of 55 open source scripts (IFIScripts) that support our digital preservation activities in a sustainable and efficient manner. Solving problems in-house has reduced our maintenance costs and vendor fees and allowed us to take control of our preservation workflows. Not...

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4C Project

The purpose of the Collaboration to Clarify the Costs of Curation (4C) project was to help organisations make better decisions and smarter investments in relation to curating and preserving their digital assets. Whilst the starting point for the project was ‘cost’ and cost modelling, it was clear from the outset that the point of making an investment is always to realise a benefit, so the work also needed to examine the benefits in relation to the costs. By extension, this involved thinking...

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Universities of York and Hull: Filling the Digital Preservation Gap

Filling the Digital Preservation Gap is exploring how we can apply digital preservation tools to  research data management. Funders now expect Higher Education Institutions to retain research  data in a usable form for longer periods of time. Rolling retention periods such as those mandated  by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) state that data should be  retained for ten years from the date of last access ; the Natural Environment Research...

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NCDD: Constructing a Network of National Facilities Together

Cross-domain collaboration lies at the heart of approach of the Dutch National Coalition for Digital Preservation (NCDD) for the formation of a national shared infrastructure for Digital Preservation. Under the motto “Joining forces for our digital memory”, the research project had the purpose to find out what level of differentiation between the domains offers the best balance for efficiency. Without collaboration, inefficiencies loom, while individual institutes continue to expand their...

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The National Archives and Scottish Council on Archives - Transforming Archives/ Opening Up Scotland's Archives

Transforming Archives and Opening Up Scotland’s Archives are three-year projects funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, working in parallel to change the skills base of the archives sector across England and Scotland. We are applying for an award in recognition of the programmes’ achievements in their first 18 months, during which one cohort of trainees completed their full year of training in each nation; the second cohort were recruited, began their workplace activities and completed their...

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Digital Preservation: Sustaining Media Art (A Matters in Media Project)

About Digital Preservation: Sustaining Media Art Digital Preservation: Sustaining Media Art is a practical on-line information resource designed specifically to support collectors, artists, and institutions large and small, in the care of their media artworks. It is a project within the larger Matters in Media Art Initiative. This most recent project addresses the challenges of establishing the infrastructure and workflows for digital artworks, specifically digital video. A community...

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Research Data Netherlands - Essentials for Data Support: An introductory course on Research Data Management

"Newton stood on the shoulders of giants. Today's researchers and scientists can use terabytes of research data to advance science and meet societal challenges. However, whether one is able to reuse research data in an effective and efficient way will increasingly depend on whether the data has been properly managed and shared with appropriate metadata and documentation." (From the OpenAIRE Research Data Management briefing paper (February 2016, co-authored by one of the coaches of the...

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'Preservation Practices of New Media Artists' by Colin Post, University of North Carolina

Introduction New media art constitutes a significant vein of contemporary artistic production, with many artists creating culturally significant artworks that critically investigate the meanings and uses of technology in the contemporary moment. Yet countless such works have been lost fromthe cultural record, with even more rapidly becoming inaccessible. For the past several decades, advances in technology have radically altered daily life, with the computer especially persisting as a deep...

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'The Transferability of Trusted Digital Repository Standards to an East African Context' by Anthea Seles, UCL

Abstract Digital preservation is a topic that has been extensively explored over the last thirty years in the fields of archival and information studies. However, relatively little literature has touched on the topic of Trusted Digital Repositories (TDRs). A TDR is '[A]n archive, consisting of an organization of people and systems that has accepted the responsibility to preserve information and make it available for a Designated Community.’1 Standards governing TDRs, namely the Open Archival...

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'A RAID map case study of high energy X-ray characterisations of microstructures' by Edith Halvarsson, University of Glasgow

Abstract “Scientific research in the 21st century is more data intensive and collaborative then in the past” (Tenopir et al., 2011, p.1). The scale of generated data in data intensive research fields represents great scientific opportunities, but also great challenges (CODATA, 2013, p.8,). 3D representations of crystal microstructures is an innovative and quickly developing sub-discipline of Material Science. Scientists working with the method are faced by management...

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'The Scalability and Realism of Digital Preservation Guidelines' by Niamh Ní Charra, UCD

Introduction Digital preservation has been at the forefront of the issues facing archivists for some time. With the increasing creation and accession of digital records, the constant changing technology, and the ongoing challenges preservation of these records presents, it does not show any sign of easing. In the early days of digital preservation in the late 1980s and early 1990s, there was very little literature for archivists to access when considering how to tackle...

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HSBC Global Digital Archive System (GDA)

The launch of HSBC’s Global Digital Archive system in 2015 marked the culmination of a challenging project to introduce sustainable digital preservation in the bank. Background Our historical archives are highly regarded for their rich variety and international scope. The records document the development of the organisation since 1865, and many of the banks acquired by HSBC and its predecessors over the years. The records also shed light on the social, economic and...

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