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iPres 2022

The Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) will be your hosts when the iPres conference comes to Glasgow in 2022!

This is a place holder until we launch the official conference website when we get closer to the date. There you'll be able to find a world-class program on the state of the art in digital preservation, as well as information about our plans to share twentieth anniversary celebrations and the Digital Preservation Awards with the iPres community! 

“We’re already looking forward to welcoming the digital preservation community to Glasgow”, says Executive Director of the DPC, William Kilbride. “Although Scotland has a significant and active digital preservation community, and although a great many research and development projects have been based here, iPres has never before come to Scotland. Glasgow has such a great deal to offer, and we are excited to share it with existing and new friends in digital preservation.”

We look forward to seeing you then!


 Event header image used with permission of Glasgow Convention Bureau

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World Digital Preservation Day

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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 understanding they have fostered by preserving digital materials.

Pervasive, changing and ubiquitous, digital technologies are a defining feature of our age. Digital materials are a core commodity for industry, commerce and government. They are fundamental for research, the law and medicine. The creative industries, cultural heritage and the media depend on reliable access to digital materials while families and friends extend and sustain their relationships through digital interactions. What better reasons to celebrate the opportunities created by digital preservation?! 

The aim of World Digital Preservation Day is to create greater awareness of digital preservation that will translate into a wider understanding which permeates all aspects of society – business, policy making, personal good practice.


WDPD Illustration

Participate in World Digital Preservation Day

Organised by the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) and supported by digital preservation networks across the globe, World Digital Preservation Day is open to participation from anyone interested in securing our digital legacy.

World Digital Preservation Day is a window into the daily activities of those involved with or contemplating digital preservation and the at-risk digital materials they are working hard to preserve. In order to create a full a picture as possible, we showcase a wide range of experiences, activities, projects, collections and challenges; identifying real-world impacts and consequences.

Data creators, curators and consumers from around the world, DPC members and non-members alike, are invited to get involved and share stories of their own 'digital preservation day.' 

      • BLOG

        Share a story about ‘at-risk digital materials’ with us on World Digital Preservation Day. If you have your own blog platform, post your piece there and send us a link to it; we’ll add it to the WDPD page! If you are a DPC Member or Supporter, post directly to the DPC blog.

        Go to DPC blog

      • PICTURES

        Take a photo of the 'at-risk digital materials' you have encountered recently or show us what a 'digital preservation day' looks like for you! See what others shared on social media using the hashtag #WDPD2019

        See WDPD2019 pictures on
        Instagram

      • VIDEOS

        Giving a WDPD talk/seminar/lecture? 
        Or, create a song and a dance about digital preservation! (literally). See what others shared on social media with the hashtag #WDPD2019.

      • EVENTS

        Visit the ‘What’s On’ section of the WDPD page of the website to see who's celebrating and how near you! 

        Download and print contents of the 
        event pack.

        Visit the events page

      • RESOURCES

        The DPC published a new edition of the 'Bit List' of Digitally Endangered Species for World Digital Preservation Day 2019

        Check out the BitList

      • LOGO

        The World Digital Preservation Day logo is available in languages from around the world. Download in your language and add it to related emails, communications and event publicity.   

        See all logos

      • SOCIAL MEDIA

        Take photos, make videos, share updates about your own 'digital preservation day' or the ‘at-risk digital materials’ you are working with or know about, and share using the social media platform of your choice. See what others shared using the hashtags
        #WDPD2019 and #BitList

      • NEWS

        Read our World Digital Preservation Day news stories on the DPC website.

        Go to news pages

      • SUPPORT

        World Digital Preservation Day is supported by specialist networks around the world including:
        Dutch Digital Heritage Network, 
        ICPSR,
        nestor,
        Open Preservation Foundation.

 

 


Blog posts and news from around the globe on World Digital Preservation Day 2019

Saving art from obsolescence

Art Gallery NSW (Australia)

How to bulk rip lots of vinyl (and not go crazy)

James (DJ) Kippax (UK)

Celebrating World Digital Preservation Day

Jenny Mitcham, DPC (UK)

The International Council on Archives celebrates World Digital Preservation Day!

International Council on Archives

3rd World Digital Preservation Day [Greek]

Panagiotis Papageorgiou, University of Portsmouth (UK) 

JPEG Got the Blues

Alix Bruys, Bertrand Caron, Yannick Grandcolas and Thomas Ledoux from the National Library of France (BnF)

Preserving emails. How hard can it be?

Jim Costin, Bridging the Digital Gap Trainee, University of York (UK)

Web archiving helps record our history

Teresa Wong, The Getty (USA)

World Digital Preservation Day: ELDP Legacy Materials

Francesca Brown, SOAS / Endangered Languages Archive (UK)

World Digital Preservation Day 2019

Clair Waller, University of Kent (UK)

Decoding Analog Line-21/608: A Primer

Denis Warburton, Art & Technic LLC

World Digital Preservation Day

West Yorkshire Archive Service (UK)

World Digital Preservation Day 2019: the ‘Bit List’ vs Archaeological Data

Olivia Foster, Archaeology Data Service (UK)

Pain free Preservation

Paul Stokes, Jisc (UK)

Piloting institutional digital preservation

Sean Rippington, Federica Fina and Anna Clements, University of St. Andrews (UK)

Happy World Digital Preservation Day! [German]

Sascha Lankers, RWTH Aachen University (Germany)

Celebrating World Digital Preservation Day

Industry Documents Library at the University of California, San Francisco (USA)

Web Archiving & Web Continuity

Barbara Fuentes, National Records of Scotland (UK)

World Digital Preservation Day guest blog: managing the “digital deluge” at the National Library of Australia

Terence Ingram, National Library of Australia for the Preservica Blog

Talking obsolescence in Oban: 2019 Community Archive Workshop Tour of Scotland

Garth Stewart, National Records of Scotland (UK)

Long-term preservation of digital photographs

Matthew Burgess, State Library of NSW (Australia)

Preserving your digital content – World Digital Preservation Day 2019

University of Nottingham (UK)

Digital Preservation Lab

Matthew Burgess, State Library of NSW (Australia)

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year …

Brain Lavoie, OCLC (USA)

World Digital Preservation Day [Bahasa Malaysian]

Ahmad Faizar, Universiti Teknologi MARA (Malaysia)

World Digital Preservation Day 2019

Jaana Pinnick, British Geological Survey (UK)

 

 

 

 

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Quantifying Digital Preservation Risk: introducing a new tool for decision making (online workshop)

The DPC invites you to join us for an online workshop to explore a new online decision support tool for digital preservation.

The National Archives UK, with statisticians from the University of Warwick and partners from five other UK archives, has developed a decision support tool to map and quantify the risks and uncertainty involved in digital preservation. The Digital Archiving Graphical Risk Assessment Model (DiAGRAM) is a new risk management framework that captures the conditional dependencies of the risks to the long term survival of complex digital objects and presents these in a visual and intuitive way. The model enables a quantitative comparison of the very different types of threats to preservation outcomes, from software obsolescence to natural disasters.

DiAGRAM will: 

  • Improve users' understanding of the complex digital archiving risk landscape and of the interplay between digital preservation risk factors.

  • Enable archivists to compare and prioritise very different types of threats to the digital archive.

  • Aid in quantifying the impact of risk events and risk management strategies on archival outcomes for use in decision making, communication with stakeholders and developing business cases for targeted action.

Who should come?

This workshop will interest:

  • Archivists, librarians and curators managing digital preservation risks

  • Digital preservation specialists and repository managers

  • Records managers and other relevant staff responsible for collecting or managing digital records which need to be preserved for the long term

  • Information architects and engineers tasked with developing technical infrastructures for digital preservation

  • Postgraduate students or early career professionals with an interest in learning more about digital preservation risks

Pre-requisites for attendance

Attendees do not need to be experts in digital preservation to attend this webinar but will benefit from a basic knowledge digital preservation theory and practice and an understanding of the challenges of preserving digital content for the long term.

How to register?

Places are strictly limited and should be booked in advance. Registration is free.

Places will be allocated on a 'first come, first served' basis. 

Can't make this date or time?

We are holding several events to disseminate and gather feedback on the outputs of this project. Full day workshops in London and York, and a webinar in the autumn. Selected parts of our programme of dissemination events will be recorded and available to watch at a later date.

REGISTER HERE

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A Guide to Digital Preservation Procurement: Launch Event, Workshop and Briefing

Introduction

The recent emergence of a genuine marketplace for third-party services has seen a difference in the way organizations approach the delivery of digital preservation. Much has changed in ten years, including the growth and maturation of commercial solutions, a competitive marketplace and the paradigm shift to cloud computing.

This shift has brought considerable benefit. A professional digital preservation capability can now (at least in part) be bought off the shelf and implemented relatively rapidly. The growing number of third-party providers has generated a variety of effective products leading to new competition, which has stimulated growth and development.

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Connecting the Bits - DPC Unconference and Members' Networking Event 2020

Connecting the Bits is a day-long networking and planning event designed to help members keep in touch with each other and with the state of the art in digital preservation. The day will be an "unconference style" day of knowledge exchange and strategic planning.

As usual we’ll be opening the floor to our members. The agenda will be generated by participants in the morning, then delivered in the afternoon. This format privileges debate and discussion, and it ensures that anyone with a burning issue or success story has a chance to share it. Because members set the agenda, it provides a unique opportunity to steer the Coalition's programme for the coming year.

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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 constantly change. The ability to communicate the importance of digital preservation with other staff, departments, and organisations has, therefore, emerged as a key skill for our community. Plus, with the continuous changes in technology and staff, communication and advocacy must be an ongoing rather than a one-off activity to be successful.

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Quantifying Digital Preservation Risk: introducing a new tool for decision making (workshop 2)

Following the latest government advice, this event will no longer be held on site at York. We are looking into hosting it virtually instead and will update you on this as soon as possible

The DPC invites you to join us for a workshop to explore a new online decision support tool for digital preservation.

The National Archives UK, with statisticians from the University of Warwick and partners from five other UK archives, has developed a decision support tool to map and quantify the risks and uncertainty involved in digital preservation. The Digital Archiving Graphical Risk Assessment Model (DiAGRAM) is a new risk management framework that captures the conditional dependencies of the risks to the long term survival of complex digital objects and presents these in a visual and intuitive way. The model enables a quantitative comparison of the very different types of threats to preservation outcomes, from software obsolescence to natural disasters.

DiAGRAM will: 

  • Improve users' understanding of the complex digital archiving risk landscape and of the interplay between digital preservation risk factors.

  • Enable archivists to compare and prioritise very different types of threats to the digital archive.

  • Aid in quantifying the impact of risk events and risk management strategies on archival outcomes for use in decision making, communication with stakeholders and developing business cases for targeted action.

This workshop will start with a background to the project and give you a basic overview of the underlying statistical methodology and how this can be used to quantify risk. We will then introduce you to the tool and give you some sample exercises to work through on your own laptops. The day will end with a feedback session on how you’ve found using DiAGRAM. The project team is keen to hear your thoughts on the user experience and understand what value the tool could add to your work. Your feedback and engagement will help inform the project as it moves forward.

Indicative programme

10.00 Tea, coffee, registration

10.30 Welcome (DPC)

10.40 Background to the project - why is there a need to model digital preservation risk? (The National Archives)

11.10 Overview of statistical methodology used (University of Warwick)

11.40 Populating the model - elicitation and experts (The National Archives/University of Warwick)

12.15 Lunch

13.15 Introduction to the DiAGRAM tool and demo (The National Archives/University of Warwick)

13:45 Workshop session - attendees will be encouraged to use the tool on their own laptops following a set of sample exercises. Help and advice will be available from workshop facilitators (The National Archives/University of Warwick)

15.00 Tea/coffee break

15.20 Q&A and feedback - attendees will be encouraged to ask questions and share their thoughts on the tool (DPC)

15.45 Final Questions & Next Steps (DPC)

16.00 Close

Who should come?

This workshop will interest:

  • Archivists, librarians and curators managing digital preservation risks

  • Digital preservation specialists and repository managers

  • Records managers and other relevant staff responsible for collecting or managing digital records which need to be preserved for the long term

  • Information architects and engineers tasked with developing technical infrastructures for digital preservation

  • Postgraduate students or early career professionals with an interest in learning more about digital preservation risks

Pre-requisites for attendance

Attendees do not need to be experts in digital preservation to attend this briefing day but will benefit from a basic knowledge digital preservation theory and practice and an understanding of the challenges of preserving digital content for the long term.

Attendees will be encouraged to try out an online decision support tool during the workshop. Please bring a laptop to work on during the practical workshop session.

How to register?

Places are strictly limited and should be booked in advance. Registration will close at 12:00 GMT on 27th May 2020 and early booking is recommended. Registration is free.

Places will be allocated on a 'first come, first served' basis. Additional registrations will be accepted but will be placed on the waiting list until registration closes a week before the event. If you have any questions about registration please contact John McMillan (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Cancellations will be accepted until 12:00 GMT on 27th May 2020, a 'no show' fee of £275 will be charged for those who cancel after this time.

Can't make it in person?

We are holding several events to disseminate and gather feedback on the outputs of this project. Full day workshops in London and York, a half day online workshop in August and a webinar in the autumn. Selected parts of our programme of dissemination events will be recorded and available to watch at a later date.

REGISTER HERE

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Quantifying Digital Preservation Risk: introducing a new tool for decision making (workshop 1)

Following the latest government advice, this event will no longer be held on site at The National Archives. We are looking into hosting it virtually instead and will update you on this as soon as possible

The DPC invites you to join us for a workshop to explore a new online decision support tool for digital preservation.

The National Archives UK, with statisticians from the University of Warwick and partners from five other UK archives, has developed a decision support tool to map and quantify the risks and uncertainty involved in digital preservation. The Digital Archiving Graphical Risk Assessment Model (DiAGRAM) is a new risk management framework that captures the conditional dependencies of the risks to the long term survival of complex digital objects and presents these in a visual and intuitive way. The model enables a quantitative comparison of the very different types of threats to preservation outcomes, from software obsolescence to natural disasters.

DiAGRAM will: 

  • Improve users' understanding of the complex digital archiving risk landscape and of the interplay between digital preservation risk factors.

  • Enable archivists to compare and prioritise very different types of threats to the digital archive.

  • Aid in quantifying the impact of risk events and risk management strategies on archival outcomes for use in decision making, communication with stakeholders and developing business cases for targeted action.

This workshop will start with a background to the project and give you a basic overview of the underlying statistical methodology and how this can be used to quantify risk. We will then introduce you to the tool and give you some sample exercises to work through on your own laptops. The day will end with a feedback session on how you’ve found using DiAGRAM. The project team is keen to hear your thoughts on the user experience and understand what value the tool could add to your work. Your feedback and engagement will help inform the project as it moves forward.

Indicative programme

10.00 Tea, coffee, registration

10.30 Welcome (DPC)

10.40 Background to the project - why is there a need to model digital preservation risk? (The National Archives)

11.10 Overview of statistical methodology used (University of Warwick)

11.40 Populating the model - elicitation and experts (The National Archives/University of Warwick)

12.15 Lunch

13.15 Introduction to the DiAGRAM tool and demo (The National Archives/University of Warwick)

13:45 Workshop session - attendees will be encouraged to use the tool on their own laptops following a set of sample exercises. Help and advice will be available from workshop facilitators (The National Archives/University of Warwick)

15.00 Tea/coffee break

15.20 Q&A and feedback - attendees will be encouraged to ask questions and share their thoughts on the tool (DPC)

15.45 Final Questions & Next Steps (DPC)

16.00 Close

Who should come?

This workshop will interest:

  • Archivists, librarians and curators managing digital preservation risks

  • Digital preservation specialists and repository managers

  • Records managers and other relevant staff responsible for collecting or managing digital records which need to be preserved for the long term

  • Information architects and engineers tasked with developing technical infrastructures for digital preservation

  • Postgraduate students or early career professionals with an interest in learning more about digital preservation risks

Pre-requisites for attendance

Attendees do not need to be experts in digital preservation to attend this briefing day but will benefit from a basic knowledge digital preservation theory and practice and an understanding of the challenges of preserving digital content for the long term.

Attendees will be encouraged to try out an online decision support tool during the workshop. Please bring a laptop to work on during the practical workshop session.

How to register?

Places are strictly limited and should be booked in advance. Registration will close at 12:00 GMT on 27th May 2020 and early booking is recommended. Registration is free.

Places will be allocated on a 'first come, first served' basis. Additional registrations will be accepted but will be placed on the waiting list until registration closes a week before the event. If you have any questions about registration please contact John McMillan (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Cancellations will be accepted until 12:00 GMT on 27th May 2020, a 'no show' fee of £275 will be charged for those who cancel after this time.

Can't make it in person?

We are holding several events to disseminate and gather feedback on the outputs of this project. Full day workshops in London and York, a half day online workshop in August and a webinar in the autumn. Selected parts of our programme of dissemination events will be recorded and available to watch at a later date.

REGISTER HERE

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Building a Digital Future : Challenges & Solutions for Preserving 3D Models

This event has been adapted to our virtual platform to keep our speakers and delegates healthy but well-informed on the issues in digital preservation! 


The DPC invites you to join us for this briefing day to learn about the challenges of preserving 3D models and hear examples of how organizations are tackling this issue. Speakers from a range of backgrounds and experiences will describe challenges and solutions from their own contexts and the day will include opportunities for Q&A and broader discussion within a panel session. 

Description

This briefing day will explore the challenges around the preservation of born digital design records, both those 3D models that are created prior to the construction of a building and those created retrospectively as a tool to help manage and monitor existing assets (for example in the heritage sector). These models typically encompass both 3D elements and database information associated with the geometry. The complexity of the digital objects, their reliance on proprietary software and file formats and a fast changing technical environment can make working with this type of data a challenge for those who wish to share, exchange and re-use 3D models in the course of their work. Add in the longer time scales required in order to preserve selected models for future generations, and the challenge grows.

The day will open with case studies from speakers from different sectors, articulating the challenges of working with this type of data. Digital preservation experts from a range of organizations will describe a variety of standards, methodologies and approaches that have been employed in the preservation of 3D models and a panel discussion at the end of the day will provide an opportunity for Q&A and will attempt to draw out some recommendations for those who are facing this challenge.

Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions of the speakers and engage with fellow practitioners. We aim for attendees to leave with new ideas and greater confidence in working on the preservation of 3D models in their own institutions.


Indicative Programme

10:00 Tea, coffee, registration

10:30 Welcome

10:40 The challenge of using geospatial survey to digitally preserve the nation's heritage by Paul Bryan, Historic England

11:00 Preservation of Digital Twins for a Geological Disposal Facility: Challenges by Henry Pairaudeau, Radioactive Waste Management

11:25 Information Management, interoperability and the Construction Industry: it’s importance and lessons learnt by Fiona Moore, Centre for Digital Built Britain

11:50 Future proofing 3D models: a software industry perspective Marek Suchocki, Autodesk UK

12.10 Lunch

13:00 Sustaining 3D CAD - the Aerospace Experience by Sean Barker, Independent Consultant

13:30 A practical case study about metadata by Michelle Lindlar, Leibniz Information Centre for Science and Technology

14:00 Emulation and 3D design assets: benefits, challenges, and getting started? by Euan Cochrane, Yale University (pre-recorded presentation)

14.25 Tea/coffee break

14:45 Practical case study by Ann Whiteside, Harvard University

15.15 Panel Session

15.50 Final Questions & Next Steps

16.00 Close

 

Who should join online?

This online workshop will interest:

  • Archivists, librarians and curators with collections that contain 3D models

  • Digital preservation specialists and repository managers who look after 3D models or who expect to receive them in the future

  • Records managers and other relevant staff responsible for collecting or managing 3D models

  • Practitioners who create or work with 3D models with an interest in how they can be managed and maintained for the long term

  • Postgraduate students or early career professionals with an interest in learning more about the preservation of complex digital objects

 

Pre-requisites for attendance

Attendees do not need to be experts in digital preservation or 3D models to attend this briefing day. Attendees will benefit from a basic knowledge of digital content in general, how it behaves, and the over-arching challenges to preserving it.

 

How to register?

Places are strictly limited and should be booked in advance. Registration will close at 12:00 GMT on 23rd April 2020 and early booking is recommended as we expect this event will be popular. Registration is free for DPC members and £275 for non-members.

There is a limit of 5 places per Full Member and 1 place per Associate Member and these will be available on a 'first come, first served' basis. Additional registrations will be accepted but will be placed on the wait list until registration closes a week before the event. To check if your organisation qualifies for free attendance, please check the members list. If you have any questions about registration please contact John McMillan (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Briefing days usually fill up quickly, so early registration is recommended. DPC members can claim their free place by entering the promotional code DPCMEMBER. Cancellations will be accepted until 12:00 GMT on 23rd April 2020, a 'no show' fee of £275 will be charged for those who cancel after this time.

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Enacting Environmentally Sustainable Preservation - Webinar

The cultural heritage community has engaged with environmental sustainability in many areas, but is only beginning to explore the sustainability concerns of digital preservation activities. Building off of a recent American Archivist article (“Toward Environmentally Sustainable Digital Preservation”), in which the authors argue that truly sustainable practice will come only from critical examination of the underlying motivations and assumptions of current digital preservation practices, the authors will introduce the sustainability framework proposed in the article and facilitate group discussion to apply this thinking to participants' own organizational contexts and identify existing holes in research.

Presenters

  • Keith Pendergrass, Harvard Business School

  • Walker Sampson, University of Colorado Boulder

  • Tim Walsh, Artefactual Systems

  • Laura Alagna, Northwestern University

How to Join: 

Join us for this 60 minute webinar:

DPC Members & Supporters please log in to register.

 

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