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Cloud-Enabled Preservation of Life in the 20th Century White House, White House Historical Association

The White House Historical Association was founded in 1962 to support the National Parks Servce in the preservation of the Executive Mansion. Part of the WHHA's mission is to educate the public with regards to the history of the White House. From 1962 through the mid-1980s, the WHHA worked with photographers from National Geographic Society to take pictures of major events and day-to-day life in the White House. Those images were preserved on 35mm slide film, and the slides were placed in cold...

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IFI Open Source tools: IFIscripts/ Loopline project, Irish Film Institute

In 2014 the Irish Film Institute (IFI) Irish Film Archive faced the need to preserve digital formats alongside its traditional analogue collections. The switch to digital formats within the film and broadcasting sector in Ireland was sudden, encouraged by a government sponsored scheme enabling cinemas to change from analogue to digital exhibition.  This left the IFI Archive with no option but to take in digital material as part of our preservation agreements with the two main funders of...

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Finalists for the Digital Preservation Awards 2018 announced

The first set of finalists for the Digital Preservation Awards 2018 is revealed today, with many innovative and impressive projects, organisations and individuals being recognised for their achievements. The prestigious Digital Preservation Awards are a world-wide celebration of significant and state-of-the-art contributions to securing our digital legacy. This year the exciting process will culminate in a spectacular awards ceremony in Amsterdam, as part of an International Conference hosted...

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Heritage preservation of contemporary dance and choreography through research and innovation in digital documentation and annotation of creative processes, ICKamsterdam and Motion Bank

Research activities at ICKamsterdam are conducted under the thematic umbrella of dance documentation, notation, and embodied knowledge transmission. The purpose of this research is not only the preservation and evolution of contemporary dance and choreography, but also to connect to the broader field of art and knowledge domains outside of dance practice and discourse. Between 2005 — 2014 this research was based on the work of choreographers Emio Greco and Pieter C. Scholten and conducted in...

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Archiving Crossrail - Europe’s largest infrastructure project, Crossrail and Transport for London

The purpose of the Crossrail Project archive is: To support regulatory/contractual data retention requirements. This was the most obvious need and provided the must-have justification for an archive To provide context around the assets and final documentation being handed over. Although the final version of documentation and data is handed over to the operational railway the lead-up to that decision (drafts and comments) is not and this can be critical to support any subsequent...

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Music treasures, Stichting Omroep Muziek (SOM)

The SOM has one of the largest collections of sheet music in Europe, approximately 800.000 titles. Because of budget cuts, the library was closed in 2013, so since then the collection is no longer available for the public. Only the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra (RFO) and the Netherlands Radio Choir, which are part of SOM, are allowed to use the collection. The collection contains a large component of classical compositions, but popular music is also part of the collection. The...

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'Preserving the past: the challenge of digital archiving within a Scottish Local Authority' by Lorraine Murray, University of Glasgow

Local Authority (LA) Archives reside within an already challenging environment of legislative obligations, corporate compliance, resource limitations and budgetary cuts. Due to advances in technology and increasing user expectations of requiring information in a more immediate and accessible way, this has exacerbated the already difficult task of providing an Archive service within a local authority framework. LA Archives have a duty of care to their collections regardless of the format of the...

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'Essay on the record-making and record-keeping issues implicit in Wearables' by Philippa Turner, University of Liverpool

This essay was written in partial fulfillment of a module entitled 'Digital Records: Their Nature, Use, and Preservation in the Information Society', part of the Masters in Archives and Records Management at the University of Liverpool. The essay's purpose is to investigate the record-making and record-keeping issues implicit in the increasingly popular kind of technology known as Wearables. It therefore analyses wearable technology, focusing on activity monitors, in relation to key...

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'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 in many institutional repository file format policies. However, full conformance with the standard is often difficult to achieve for born-digital documents, such astheses and dissertations created by students. This study aims to contribute to the growing body ofresearch on the PDF/A standard, focusing particularly on areas which have previously had little academic attention, such as the use of Han (Chinese, Japanese, and Korean) characters in student theses...

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The Archivist’s Guide to KryoFlux, Universities of Texas, Duke, Los Angeles, Yale and Emory

The Archivist’s Guide to KryoFlux is a 63-page manual written to address an acute need for clear and accessible guidance on implementing, using, and leveraging the KryoFlux-a floppy disk controller that supports best practice for the preservation of valuable cultural heritage data stored on this type of legacy media. Though frequently identified as a powerful tool for archivists due to its support for a wide variety of legacy floppy disk encoding formats and its ability to effectively...

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Ibadan/Liverpool Digital Curation Curriculum Review Project, Universities of Ibadan and Liverpool

The Ibadan/Liverpool Digital Curation Curriculum Review Project was undertaken in order to formally and thoroughly benchmark the teaching of digital curation in the archival education programmes at the University of Liverpool, UK and the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. The project assessed whether digital curation skills and knowledge were being taught, practised and/or tested by the programmes. As a result, the project team were able to identify skill and knowledge areas where teaching...

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Leren Preserveren (Learning Digital Preservation), Digital Heritage Network and Het Nieuwe Instituut

The Digital Heritage Network (DHN) in the Netherlands is a partnership focused on the development of a system of national utilities and services for the visibility, usability and sustainability of digital heritage. In the sustainability program a lot of knowledge  was developed and shared in conferences, study days, etc. However, not all practitioners that have to deal with digital materials and its preservation found their way in the amount of information and sometimes did not know how...

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Evidence-­based postgraduate education in digital information management, University College Dublin

Our goal is to offer flexible, affordable, innovative, evidence-based postgraduate education in digital information management for Ireland and beyond.  Programmes: Master of Science - offered full time/part time, 90 credits (with internship or thesis option) Graduate Diploma - offered ft/pt, 60 credits Graduate Certificate, offered pt, 30 credits Professional Certificate, offered pt, 15 credits (online or blend of online/accelerated module) The four programmes allow a student to...

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‘Flashback’: Preservation of legacy digital collection, British Library

The British Library’s digital collections are vast, including everything from modern Non-Print Legal Deposit content (such as eJournals, eBooks and web archives), to born-digital electoral registers, eTheses, sound content, newspapers, personal digital archives, patent specifications, and digitized material of many kinds. Having established a digital preservation team in 2005, the Library has invested heavily in building a repository and undertaking research & development efforts to identify...

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Digital Curation: Contributions towards Defining the Discipline, Dr. Sarah Higgins - Aberystwyth University

This PhD by Published works brings together ten published papers and a narrative concerning the context of their development and publication. Original contributions to knowledge about digital curation has been made in eight key areas: The examination and analysis of the professional and organisational processes that supported digital curation’s emergence as an academic discipline; Characterisation of the professional function of digital curation in relation to libraries, archives and...

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veraPDF, veraPDF Consortium

About veraPDF is an open source conformance checker that validates all current parts and levels of the ISO 19005 (PDF/A) specifications. PDF/A is the archival document standard based on original PDF specifications. veraPDF is one of three conformance checkers developed with funding from the PREFORMA (PREservation FORMAts for culture information/e-archives) project. The challenge Organisations that have responsibilities for long term preservation and access to digital content face several...

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Monitoring Change in Web and Social Media Content: an Urban Big Data Centre Methods Seminar

Description Invitation to DPC Members to Attend an Urban Big Data Centre (UBDC) Methods Seminar co-hosted by DPC with talks by Raymond Cha of the Environmental Data & Governance Initiative (EDGI) on Monitoring US Federal Websites on Climate Change, Energy, and the Environment and Shawn Walker of Arizona State University on The Ephemerality of Social Media: How Social Media Changes Over Time and Its Impact on Our Research Raymond Cha of the Environmental Data & Governance Initiative (EDGI)...

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So Long, and Thanks For All the Bits: Migrating Your Data Between Repositories

The DPC invites you to join a briefing on repository migration: from choosing an application with a robust exit strategy to extracting valuable data from legacy systems. The day will feature speakers from various institutions, as well as demonstrations by a selection of repository vendors. In the afternoon, participants will join in a workshop session to explore and exchange approaches with other practitioners. Description Digital repositories are a safe place to hold our endangered digital...

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Web Archiving & Preservation Task Force Reconvened

Description This will be the first reconvened meeting of the Web Archiving & Preservation Task Force where participants will discuss and agree on the new Terms of Reference and commence discussions on the topics important to their institutions, their collections, and their users. The Task Force was first formed in 2010 in an effort to coordinate national web archiving programmes. In recent years, however, new developments in web archiving have emerged and many more organisations have turned...

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Digital Preservation Awards 2018: Don’t miss out, submit nominations by 30th July

With just over a month left to submit your nominations, do not miss your opportunity for recognition at the most prominent celebration of achievement for those people and organisations who have made significant and innovative contributions to securing our digital legacy. Send your Digital Preservation Awards nominations by 09:00 am (BST) on Monday 30th July to 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...

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