Added on 3 July 2018

The DPC is inviting contributors representing the sectoral and geographical diversity of the Coalition's membership to help develop content for the DPC/UNESCO ‘Executive Guide on Digital Preservation.’

Born out of calls from the DPC’s membership for more resources to support internal advocacy, the ‘Executive Guide’ (previously Executive Briefing Pack) will provide easy access to the straightforward points that need to be understood before decisions on preservation policies can be made and implemented.

Collaboration with UNESCO, who have engaged with those in the member states with a role in implementing the UNESCO Recommendation concerning the Preservation of, and Access to, Documentary Heritage Including in Digital Form means that, while the DPC continues to represent the organizations making up our membership, the use and usefulness of the ‘Executive Guide’ will be optimized as widely as possible.

Within the pack, tailorable resources including key messages and evidence in the form of quotes, fact and figures, will enable digital preservationists across all sectors and organization types to create a document, presentation, letter or campaign to for the attention of senior management within their organization.

After collecting DPC member needs, a UNESCO requirements-gathering exercise across users within member states over the last few months, and a verification process which has seen positive feedback from the UNESCO PERSIST Policy Working Group, the DPC is now ready to start gathering content and is seeking contributors to represent the following organization types:

  • Higher Education Institutions
  • Archives
  • National and International organisations
  • Financial organisations
  • Manufacturers
  • Museums and galleries

Contributors will be asked to identify key drivers or motivators for their specific organization type, from which messages about the importance of digital preservation may be created and evidence found in support.

Content will be created and collated through an online working group throughout August, with a draft to be ready for Editorial Board review by September.

This is a great opportunity to own and be involved in the development of a high profile and useful new resource.

If you would like to contribute to the Executive Guide, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Monday 16th July.

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