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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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About World Digital Preservation Day

World Digital Preservation Day is held on the first Thursday of every November. This year, on 7th November 2019, 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 reason 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 1 edited

Participation 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, in order to create a full a picture as possible, we showcase a wide range of experiences, activities, projects, collections and challenges.

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.'


Read more blogs from World Digital Preservation Day 2018,  around the world:

Hanging on to what you've got - on Digital Preservation Day

Charles Miller, UK

Introducing the unique archive of Hilma Granqvist (Finnish)

Kira Pihlflyckt, Finnish Institute in the Middle East (FIME)

Reise in die Vergangenheit – Wie Emulationen frühe Arbeitsumgebungen wiederauferstehen lassen / Journey into the past - how emulations revive early work environments (German)

Beat Mattmann, University of Basel

Understanding long-term preservation – today and tomorrow

Fabian Till Schneider, ETH Zürich

Columbia Libraries Celebrates World Digital Preservation Day

Columbia Libraries, USA

Certificate Transparency

David Rosenthal, USA

Inside the Seas of Knowledge Digitization Project

Mattie Gainer, National Archives Foundation, USA

Digitizing Film Guide

by Carla Arton, Director of Technical Operations (Film), Media Digitization and Preservation Initiative, Indiana University 

A map of Digital Preservation Island – World Digital Preservation Day 2018

Merle Friedrich, TIB Germany

Digging in Digital Dust: Internet Archaeology at KB-NL in the Netherlands

Peter de Bode and Kees Teszelszky, IIPC and KB

Web archiving – what you need to know

Katie Lyne, National Records of Scotland

#WDPD2018

Alex Kinnaman, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, USA

Digital Preservation: How UM Libraries are Confronting the Challenges of Record Keeping in a Digital World

Natalie Vielfaure, University of Manitoba, Canada

Happy World Digital Preservation Day from New Zealand!

PRC Team, National Library of New Zealand

World Digital Preservation Day 2018

John Trendler, USA

La préservation numérique, un enjeu majeur pour les institutions de mémoire (French)

Martine Renaud, Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec

Archives Unleashed – Vancouver Datathon

Carl Cooper, Bodleian Libraries, UK

Web Science and Digital Libraries Research Group

Shawn M. Jones, Old Dominion University, USA

Celebrating World Digital Preservation Day with the Rosetta Team

Daniel Greenberg, Ex Libris, Israel

How much is doing nothing really costing your organisation? Why digital preservation shouldn’t be ignored.

Paula Keogh, Arkivum, UK

World Digital Preservation Day 2018

International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions

Mae Moss, Archives and Special Collections Cataloguing Placement.

Mae Moss, University of the Arts London, UK

ADS Business Process Review

Julian Richards, Archeology Data Service, UK

Eight weeks with the OPF

Charlotte Armstrong, Open Preservation Foundation, UK

Community Cultivation, Revisited

Katherine Skinner, Educopia, USA

Humans of Data 28

Kirsty Morrison, The Kings Fund, UK

Humans of Data 28

CODATA

Being trustworthy and FAIR requires people, processes, technologies and collaboration

Mari Kleemola, FSD, Finland

World Digital Preservation Day 2018

Rachel MacGregor, UK

Celebrating World Digital Preservation Day

Elisabeth Thurlow, University of the Arts London, UK

in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate

Tim Evans, Archaeology Data Service, UK

Library and Archives Canada’s journey of discovery: modernising our digital preservation infrastructure using Preservica

Sylvain Bélanger, Library and Archives Canada

Researchers about TiU Dataverse

Petra Ploeg, Tilburg University, Netherlands

Preservación digital, aquí y ahora (Spanish)

García González & M.J. Baños-Moreno, Odilo, Spain

World Digital Preservation Day 2018

Helena Byrne, British Library, UK

Archives and special collections in the digital age

Elisabeth Thurlow, University of the Arts London, UK

Dealing with computer viruses in digital collections

Evanthia Samaras, British Library, UK

Nieuwe publicatie over digitaal preserveren (Dutch)

Bart de Nil, Faro, Belgium

Kansallisarkisto tarjoaa ratkaisuja sähköiseen säilyttämiseen (Finnish) 

Markus Merenmies, National Archives of Finland

Digital photography – asking the right questions

Anne Hocking, State Library of New South Wales, Australia

PanDA – digital asset ingestion at scale

Pete Brotherton, State Library of New South Wales, Australia

A ragtag bunch of computer misfits

Leigh Rosin, National Library New Zealand

Archives digipres team and World Digital Preservation Day today!

Archives New Zealand

The history of you and me

Valerie Love, National Library of New Zealand

Digital Preservation in Practice

Teresa Soleau, Lorain Wang and Linta Kunnathuparambil, The Getty, USA

Queering up Kiwi history

Will Hansen, National Library of New Zealand

World Digital Preservation Day 2018 – Ein Rückblick (German)

Beat Mattmann, University of Basel

Read previous posts from 2017

 

Digital Preservation in the media on World Digital Preservation Day 2018

New York Times

World Digital Preservation Day And Other Storage News

Forbes

 

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Personal Digital Archiving: Storing, Organising and Protecting Your Digital Content for the Future

Public lecture by Sara Day Thomson, Digital Preservation Coalition
Thursday 26 September, 6.00pm
Royal Irish Academy

The Digital Repository of Ireland and the National Archives, Ireland are pleased to announce the launch of a new public lecture series on digital archiving, records management and preservation. The inaugural lecture will be presented by Sara Day Thomson from the UK-based Digital Preservation Coalition.

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Digital Preservationists Anonymous at iPres 2019

What Past Participants Have to Say

"Digital Preservationists Anonymous (DPA) is a safe and enriching opportunity to share professional frustrations, mistakes and fears. Sharing these wardrobe skeletons and horrible imaginings in confidence with other DPC members is a liberating and cathartic experience. A problem shared at DPA doesn't become a problem halved, it becomes a discussion that moves forward with perspective, expertise and solidarity."

-Anonymous

“Fail Club was a great forum to chat about difficulties I’ve faced at work that I’ve not found solutions for. It was great to talk with others in an informal setting (pub with beer!) who recognise the real issues you face and to know that you’re not the only one out there who isn’t getting it right all the time!”

-Anonymous

Summary

Many times what we perceive as an error or failure is actually a gift. And eventually we find that lessons learned from that discouraging experience prove to be of great worth.

Richelle E. Goodrich

We all know that the most valuable learning is often made when trying things out in practice and sometimes making mistakes. Sharing that experience in a public forum is, unfortunately, not usually an option however. This event, seeks to provide a safe space to share, discuss and learn at the practical end of digital preservation.

Digital Preservationists Anonymous (DPA) will bring together DPC members (and only DPC members) to share the mistakes made, the pain suffered and the challenges encountered on our digital preservation journeys. We’ll discuss how to learn from those experiences and move forward. This will be a chance to reflect on things that have not gone as well as we liked, to consider the difficult challenges we’ve been attempting to solve, but more importantly it will also be an opportunity to take a positive approach to this work and to find ways to make progress by helping each other.

This event will have some ground rules. Unsurprisingly, the first rule is the Chatham House Rule. The second rule of Digital Preservationists Anonymous is that you must share with the group. All attendees are expected to deliver a 3 minute / 3 slide lightning talk to tell us about a challenge, set back or “failure”. The third rule is: the group will help. After hearing lightning talks from the attendees, we’ll discuss those issues, and work out how to learn from them and solve them.

Digital Preservation Anonymous is a new approach to facilitating knowledge exchange between DPC members, which emerged initially from discussions at Connecting the Bits – our annual members day – and was subsequently developed with help from our members. These events have been incredibly popular with our members since we first trialled them in 2017.

Key aims/benefits

  • It's an opportunity to share challenges, set backs, and frustrations but realise that you are not alone
  • We will benefit from understanding and learning from the experiences of others
  • We'll actively work together to find a way forward with our shared problems

House rules

  • Chatham House Rule. What happens at DPA, stays at the DPA.
  • Everyone must participate and must bring along some "pain" to share with the group! Every attendee will be expected to deliver a 3 minute lightning talk.
  • Be positive: focus on how we can move things forward

Outline for the session

  • Note this session will start at 17:00 CET, just after the close of conference activities.
  • Introduction to Digital Preservation Anonymous
  • Lightning talks from attendees
  • Group discussion
  • Wrap up:
    • What challenges did we miss? Discuss them briefly.
    • What are the main take-aways for participants?
    • Are there important issues for DPC to take away and address?
    • How did the event go as a whole? Gauge appetite for more. What can we improve for next time?

Registration

Registration is free and open to DPC Members only. Spaces are incredibly limited (max 10) so please register soon to hold your seat. If you have any questions about registration please contact Sara Day Thomson (sara.thomson[at]dpconline.org).

DPC Members please login to register.

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DPC Rapid Assessment Model introductory webinar

This members-only webinar will introduce the DPC's newest member benefit - the Rapid Assessment Model (RAM).

Topics will include:

  • how and why it was created
  • who it is for
  • how it should be used
  • benefits for DPC members
  • how to give feedback

Additionally we will be joined by DPC Members who have already applied the RAM. They will be sharing some observations about the model and how it might help them move forward with digital preservation within their own institutions.

There will be time for questions and open discussion about DPC RAM at the end.

Speakers

  • Jenny Mitcham, Head of Good Practice and Standards at the DPC
  • Paul Wheatley, Head of Research and Practice at the DPC

Joining the Webinar

DPC members can login to the website to see the connection details.

Please be aware that the webinar will be recorded so it can be shared with DPC members after the event

 

DPC Inclusion & Diversity Policy

The DPC Community is guided by the values set out in our Strategic Plan and aims to be respectful, welcoming, inclusive and transparent. It encourages diversity in all its forms and is committed to being accessible to everyone who wishes to engage with the topic of digital preservation. The DPC asks all those who are part of this community and/or attending a DPC event be positive, accepting, and sensitive to the needs and feelings of others in alignment with our DPC Inclusion & Diversity Policy.

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Getting Started with Digital Preservation - London 2019

Introduction

The Digital Preservation Coalition is delighted to invite you to join them at a workshop which will equip collection managers, archivists, librarians and conservators with the skills necessary for ‘Getting Started in Digital Preservation.’Our generation has invested as never before in digital resources and we've done so because of the opportunity they bring. Digital collections have grown in volume, complexity and importance to the point that our children are baffled by the inefficiencies of the analogue age. Pervasive, fluid and vital: digital data is a defining feature of our age. Industry, commerce, government, law, research, health, social care, education, the creative industries, the heritage sector and private life depend on digital materials to satisfy ubiquitous information needs and expectations. But digital objects are fragile: at risk of loss, corruption or obsolescence, not to mention unlawful alteration or theft. Digital preservation – the series of managed activities necessary to ensure that digital materials remain accessible beyond the limits of obsolescence - is an issue which all organisations, particularly in the knowledge sector, will need to address sooner or later. Collection managers need digital preservation skills to ensure access to their growing digital collections, but training in these new skills can be hard to acquire.This day-long introduction assumes no prior knowledge except a willingness to engage with digital preservation. Through a series of presentations, case studies and exercises, participants will learn how to apply techniques of assessment, risk management and planning to help secure their digital collections.Presentations and exercises will help participants:

  • Understand the range of issues associated with digital preservation
  • Gain a clear understanding of their organisation's readiness to undertake digital preservation
  • Plan for implementing bit-level preservation
  • Survey and characterise a digital collection
  • Undertake preliminary risk assessment to manage their own digital collections
  • Meet and network with others locally working in digital preservation

Who should come?

These workshops will interest:

  • Collections managers, librarians, curators and archivists in all institutions
  • IT managers in memory institutions
  • Records managers in institutions with a need for long-lived data
  • CIO’s in organisations with commercial intellectual property
  • Students and researchers in information science and related fields

Feedback from Previous Attendees

"Excellent presentations delivered in a very friendly, straightforward manner - pitched at the right level. Not too technical and scary!"

"Well structured. Nice level of information presented with lots of useful references. Very knowledgeable speakers."

"Presentations - excellent, informative and articulate. Very approachable and helpful during breakout sessions. Description of workshops reflected very well in content of presentations and excellent time keeping!"

"A lot of very useful info thoughtfully set out, and very approachable and knowledgeable presenters open to questions. Plenty of chances to talk to other delegates."

Course Tutors

Sharon McMeekin

Sharon is Head of Training and Skills with the Digital Preservation Coalition and leads their workforce development activities. This includes managing and presenting training events, oversight of the DPC’s scholarship programme and contributions to projects such as the new edition of the ‘Digital Preservation Handbook’ and E-ARK. As an invited speaker, Sharon has presented on the topic of digital preservation at a wide variety of events within the UK and abroad, including ULCC’s Digital Preservation Training Programme, ARA training courses, and as a guest lecturer at the University of Glasgow. With an MSc in Information Technology and an MSc in Information Management and Preservation (Archives and Records Management) from the University of Glasgow, Sharon is an archivist by training, specialising in digital preservation and is also an Institute of Leadership and Management accredited trainer. Before joining the DPC she spent five years as Digital Archivist with the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland where she led the development of digital preservation policy and their repository.

Sara Day Thomson

As the DPC’s Project Officer, Sara undertakes much of the DPC’s project work, becoming involved with some of the latest research in managing, accessing and sharing digital content. She has recently authored two of the DPC’s popular Technology Watch Report series on ‘Preserving Social Media’ and ‘Preserving Transactional Data.’ She has also delivered conference papers and training to members on these and related subjects. Sara joined the DPC from the National Library of Scotland and the University of Glasgow where she studied Information Management and Preservation.

Indicative Programme

1000 – Registration open, tea and coffee
1030 – Welcome
1035 – Introducing Digital Preservation
1105 – Assessing Institutional Readiness
1125 – Maturity Model Exercise
1145 – Discussion
1155 – Bit-Level Preservation
1215 – Characterisation Tool Demo
1230 – Lunch
1330 – Creating a Digital Asset Register
1350 – Digital Asset Register Exercise
1420 – Risk Management for Digital Preservation
1440 – Risk Management Exercise
1500 – Comfort Break
1515 – Next Steps in Digital Preservation
1545 – Q&A
1600 – Close

Registration

Registration is free for members of the DPC and £50 for non-members. There is a limit of 3 places per member (incl. consortia and membership organisations) 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, at which time they will be distributed equally amongst members. The workshops usually fill up quickly, so early registration is recommended. DPC members can claim their free place by entering the discount code DPCMEMBER. Tickets can be booked via Ticket Tailor through the link below.

Cancellations will be accepted until one week before the event, a 'no show' fee of £50 will be charged for those who cancel after this time.

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Member's Lounge

DPC Members are invited to drop-in for one hour of open discussion on a range of digital preservation themes.

In order to accommodate members around the world, and different time zones, the Member's Lounge will vary its opening times each month.

Following this session, the Member's Lounge will reopen at 0900 BST on Thursday 26th September. 

Registration is not required, please login to enter the Member's Lounge on 29th August.

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Getting Started with Digital Preservation - Edinburgh 2019

Introduction

The Digital Preservation Coalition is delighted to invite you to join them at a workshop which will equip collection managers, archivists, librarians and conservators with the skills necessary for ‘Getting Started in Digital Preservation.’Our generation has invested as never before in digital resources and we've done so because of the opportunity they bring. Digital collections have grown in volume, complexity and importance to the point that our children are baffled by the inefficiencies of the analogue age. Pervasive, fluid and vital: digital data is a defining feature of our age. Industry, commerce, government, law, research, health, social care, education, the creative industries, the heritage sector and private life depend on digital materials to satisfy ubiquitous information needs and expectations. But digital objects are fragile: at risk of loss, corruption or obsolescence, not to mention unlawful alteration or theft. Digital preservation – the series of managed activities necessary to ensure that digital materials remain accessible beyond the limits of obsolescence - is an issue which all organisations, particularly in the knowledge sector, will need to address sooner or later. Collection managers need digital preservation skills to ensure access to their growing digital collections, but training in these new skills can be hard to acquire.This day-long introduction assumes no prior knowledge except a willingness to engage with digital preservation. Through a series of presentations, case studies and exercises, participants will learn how to apply techniques of assessment, risk management and planning to help secure their digital collections.Presentations and exercises will help participants:

  • Understand the range of issues associated with digital preservation
  • Gain a clear understanding of their organisation's readiness to undertake digital preservation
  • Plan for implementing bit-level preservation
  • Survey and characterise a digital collection
  • Undertake preliminary risk assessment to manage their own digital collections
  • Meet and network with others locally working in digital preservation

Who should come?

These workshops will interest:

  • Collections managers, librarians, curators and archivists in all institutions
  • IT managers in memory institutions
  • Records managers in institutions with a need for long-lived data
  • CIO’s in organisations with commercial intellectual property
  • Students and researchers in information science and related fields

Feedback from Previous Attendees

"Excellent presentations delivered in a very friendly, straightforward manner - pitched at the right level. Not too technical and scary!"

"Well structured. Nice level of information presented with lots of useful references. Very knowledgeable speakers."

"Presentations - excellent, informative and articulate. Very approachable and helpful during breakout sessions. Description of workshops reflected very well in content of presentations and excellent time keeping!"

"A lot of very useful info thoughtfully set out, and very approachable and knowledgeable presenters open to questions. Plenty of chances to talk to other delegates."

Course Tutors

Sharon McMeekin

Sharon is Head of Training and Skills with the Digital Preservation Coalition and leads their workforce development activities. This includes managing and presenting training events, oversight of the DPC’s scholarship programme and contributions to projects such as the new edition of the ‘Digital Preservation Handbook’ and E-ARK. As an invited speaker, Sharon has presented on the topic of digital preservation at a wide variety of events within the UK and abroad, including ULCC’s Digital Preservation Training Programme, ARA training courses, and as a guest lecturer at the University of Glasgow. With an MSc in Information Technology and an MSc in Information Management and Preservation (Archives and Records Management) from the University of Glasgow, Sharon is an archivist by training, specialising in digital preservation and is also an Institute of Leadership and Management accredited trainer. Before joining the DPC she spent five years as Digital Archivist with the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland where she led the development of digital preservation policy and their repository.

Sara Day Thomson

As the DPC’s Project Officer, Sara undertakes much of the DPC’s project work, becoming involved with some of the latest research in managing, accessing and sharing digital content. She has recently authored two of the DPC’s popular Technology Watch Report series on ‘Preserving Social Media’ and ‘Preserving Transactional Data.’ She has also delivered conference papers and training to members on these and related subjects. Sara joined the DPC from the National Library of Scotland and the University of Glasgow where she studied Information Management and Preservation.

Indicative Programme

1000 – Registration open, tea and coffee
1030 – Welcome
1035 – Introducing Digital Preservation
1105 – Assessing Institutional Readiness
1125 – Maturity Model Exercise
1145 – Discussion
1155 – Bit-Level Preservation
1215 – Characterisation Tool Demo
1230 – Lunch
1330 – Creating a Digital Asset Register
1350 – Digital Asset Register Exercise
1420 – Risk Management for Digital Preservation
1440 – Risk Management Exercise
1500 – Comfort Break
1515 – Next Steps in Digital Preservation
1545 – Q&A
1600 – Close

Registration

Registration is free for members of the DPC and £50 for non-members. There is a limit of 3 places per member (incl. consortia and membership organisations) 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, at which time they will be distributed equally amongst members. The workshops usually fill up quickly, so early registration is recommended. DPC members can claim their free place by entering the discount code DPCMEMBER. Tickets can be booked via Ticket Tailor through the link below.

Cancellations will be accepted until one week before the event, a 'no show' fee of £50 will be charged for those who cancel after this time.

Register

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Vacancy for Research Data Manager at Cranfield University

8 September 2019

Cranfield, Bedfordshire

£33,309 to £37,127 p/a (+ performance related pay to £46,409 p/a)

Full-Time

Vacancy for Head of Systems & Services, British Architectural Library

15 September 2019

London

£43,000 to £50,000

Full-Time


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