Preservation Lifecycle

The digital preservation lifecycle refers to all of the stages required to preserve and sustain access to digital content; from creation to ingest, management and administration to access and reuse.

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Web Archiving & Preservation Task Force

The virtual conference of the Web Archiving & Preservation Task Force will resume at 14.00 GMT when the group re-convenes after a tour of National Records of Scotland. Description This gathering of the Web Archiving & Preservation Task Force (WAPTF) will provide an opportunity for delegates to discuss the web archiving and preservation topics important to their institutions, their collections, and their users. Hosted by National Records of Scotland, the meeting will progress issues raised at...

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Doing Digital Preservation

Adam Harwood is Research Data and Digital Preservation Technologist at the University of Sussex For two and a half years we have been talking about doing digital preservation here in Special Collections at the University of Sussex.  We've also been convincing various people that we should be doing digital preservation.  We've been holding meetings, giving presentations, obtaining resources, evaluating products, reading blogs, figuring out integrations, working through possible...

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Taking Stock after 15 years Panel at iPres 2018

Colin Armstrong is a Disc Imaging Technician at the British Library and attended iPRES 2018 with support from the DPC's Leadership Programme which is generously funded by DPC Supporters One of the later sessions I attended at iPRES 2018 was the ‘Taking Stock after 15 years at iPres 2018’ panel session. The speakers on the Panel were Barbara Sierman (Digital Preservation Manager in the Research Department at the National Library of the Netherlands), Sheila Morrissey...

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A valediction for validation?

This blog post is an expansion and update of a reply I made to the digipres listerv in response to a query from Bernadette Houghton. It's also part of a response I began making at the Apres iPRES unconference to colleagues who were concerned I wasn't being disruptive enough at this year's iPRES (bless you all). The spirit of this blog post is for them. This is what Bernadette asked: "I’m currently doing some research into file format validators (e.g. http://description.fcla.edu/) and during...

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Archiving Scotland's Digital Historic Environment

I’ve been invited to share some initial thoughts and observations as the new Digital Archivist at Historic Environment Scotland (HES), a role I started in mid-August. HES was formed in 2014 following the merger of two parent bodies Historic Scotland and the Royal Commission for the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS). It is the lead public body set up to investigate, care for and promote Scotland’s historic environment. 

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Digital Preservation Topical Notes Series

This series of topical notes aims to address key issues of digital preservation for a non-specialist audience. Starting with "What is Digital Preservation?", the notes examine why digital preservation is important while giving an overview of the steps needed to maintain access to digital information. Written specifically with record creators in mind, the notes also provide simple guidance on how they can ensure their digital records are preservation ready. The development of this series of...

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The power of PIDs: Using persistent identifiers to link research outputs in the Netherlands

Dr. Ricarda Braukmann is Program Leader Social Sciences at DANS “404 Not Found” is very likely one of the most irritating error messages coming from your browser. While being annoying for any website, link rot is especially problematic for important digital resources such as scientific articles or datasets that are expected to be preserved and accessible over longer periods of time. Persistent identifiers (PIDs) have been developed to prevent this problem and to ensure that digital...

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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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The EC Vision of our Access and Preservation Mission

On the 25th of April this year (2018) the European Commission released its Recommendation on access to and preservation of scientific information Brussels, 25.4.2018 C(2018) 2375 final (author resists temptation of side-rant on ISO standard date formats). This work by Mariya Gabriel and Carlos Moedas replaces that by Neelie Kroes (then Commission Vice-President) back in 2012. This revision ”recognises that big data and high-performance computing are changing the way research is...

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Invitation to participate in Maturity and Resourcing Survey for Digital Preservation

The Digital Preservation Oxford and Cambridge (DPOC) project in collaboration with the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) has developed a short survey intended to gather information from collecting and research organisations around the world who have a remit to manage digital content. The survey has a particular focus on staffing resources, but also briefly covers policy, strategy, and maturity modelling. Concrete information for benchmarking institutions against...

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What's Going On...

As anyone who has attended one of our ‘Getting Started with Digital Preservation’ workshops will know, I love maturity modelling (and talking at length about why I love maturity modelling…..) Whether you're looking for a light weight tech-focused approach like the NDSA Levels through to something more indepth like the Digital Preservation Capability Maturity Model, there's something out there for you. Why am I such an advocate for this process, you ask? It’s because I believe that if you’re...

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User access to born-digital archives: first steps for Wellcome Collection

The post was written by Victoria Sloyan, Archivist at the Wellcome Collection Last November, the Collections Information Team at Wellcome Collection and Dr James Baker from the University of Sussex organised a workshop to bring together researchers and archival professionals to explore methods for providing access to born-digital archives. Wellcome has been acquiring born-digital records for over a decade. Initially, the focus was on encouraging donations of digital media and getting hold...

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Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision seeks server-side web archiving case studies

The Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision has begun investigating strategies for the preservation of complex dynamic websites that cannot be captured with current web crawling tools. The team would like to explore whether server-side web archiving could be a promising strategy to deal with this task. However, this is unexplored territory and they are keen to learn how other institutions would approach similar challenges. 

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What exactly did I get up to last year?

Another year flies by very quickly. Happy 2018! Always a useful time to sit back and think about what was achieved last year. So I started off the year with an ambitious list of things that I wanted to achieve (note to self - *never* do that again!) As usual I had a mixture of successes and setbacks. All of this helps contribute to both my own understanding about how to work effectively in digital preservation and hopefully the shared understanding of the wider community. Though I...

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Good Practice Takes Practice: Certification and Accreditation for Digital Preservation

Introduction Digital preservation seems more like a journey than a destination.  As technology changes so the processes and tools of effective preservation need to adapt and so good practice remains provisional: more accurately identified as a commitment to constant improvement than a single steady state.  Never entirely certain what success looks like, the digital preservation community has over the years developed several proxies for success and maturity of service.  The...

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Digital Preservation Milestones at the University of Sheffield

Chris Loftus is Digital Preservation Manager at the University of Sheffield Western Bank Library in the UK The first International Digital Preservation day allows us an opportunity to reflect on some of the milestones and significant events so far in the implementation of the University of Sheffield’s Digital Preservation programme. The Library became one of the early adopters of Rosetta, a Digital Preservation solution provided by ExLibris, in 2015. Following installation Rosetta...

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Preserving digital cultural heritage: Better together!

{jcomments on} Barbara Signori is Head of e-Helvetica at the Swiss National Library, Bern. The Swiss National Library has a mandate to collect, catalogue, store and disseminate the cultural heritage created in Switzerland and abroad by and about the Swiss. This sounds like a clear enough mission, but dig deeper and this mandate raises all sorts of tough questions especially in a digital world. First of all, what is digital cultural heritage? Obviously it goes far beyond e-books and...

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Web preservation demands access

Daniel Gomes is Arquivo.pt Service Manager for the Foundation for Science and Technology in Portugal. "Collect the web to preserve it?! I don't envy that job." That is a direct quote from my first "real-world" meeting. I was 23 years old, I had just graduated from the University and that was my first job. We were in the year 2000. One year later, we had developed a running prototype to perform selective collection of online publications. It was the first effort to preserve the...

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