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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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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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Preserving 3D Digital Engineering Models - a briefing day

This briefing day will explore the challenges around the preservation of 3D digital engineering models and Building Information Models (BIM). Prior to constructing a building, a detailed model is typically created, increasingly using a BIM standard. The digital representation of a building includes both the geometry of the building but also detailed information associated with each object. The complexity of these models along with a reliance on proprietary software and file formats and a fast moving technical environment makes these models challenging to preserve.


This event will explore the challenges of preserving 3D digital engineering models and highlight some of the approaches institutions are using to ensure the models are preserved into the future.

 

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For Your Eyes Only: Scalable Approaches to Identifying, Managing, and Securing Sensitive or Restricted Information

The DPC invites you to join us for this briefing day to learn about the challenges to identifying, managing and securing information containing sensitive or restricted information within a preservation environment. Speakers from a range of backgrounds and experiences will describe the problem from their own context. Participants will have the opportunity to pose questions to the speakers but also to learn from each other how different organisations are tackling this critical issue.

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Aye, Preserve! Digital Preservation in the West of Scotland

The University of Glasgow and the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) welcome you to join us for Aye, Preserve! on the 12th March 2020.

Aye Preserve brings together professionals undertaking digital preservation in the west of Scotland and beyond.

The event provides an occasion to:

  • Hear an overview of digital preservation and why it's important
  • Get an update on the latest local news and developments
  • Discuss challenges and solutions and share experiences across a network of peers

Attendees will hear from speakers working in the field and will also be invited to ask questions and share their own experiences at an open session.

Indicative Agenda

09.30 Tea, Coffee, and Registration
10.00 Welcome and Introduction
10.15 Digital Preservation Overview and Developments from DPC
10.45 Speaker Case Study
11.05 Speaker Case Study
11.25 Questions & Issues
11.40 Open Session: Discussion and Brainstorm Activity
11.55 Conclusions
12.00 Lunch

For enquires or to join the WaitList, please contact John McMillan: john[dot]mcmillan[at]dpconline.org

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Web Archiving & Preservation Webinar Episode Three: Integrating Web Archives into Existing Collections

Following on from Episodes One and Two on different approaches to capturing web content, Episode Three invites speakers and participants to discuss the challenges of integrating web archives into existing collections. The episode will address issues such as:

  • choosing tools or services for capture for different types of content
  • understanding the output of different web archiving tools or services
  • systems interoperability and service integrations
  • metadata for archived web content
  • curating WARCs and turning them into AIPs
  • incorporating web archiving into collecting and preservation policies

These issues all impact how researchers and users, now and in the future, access and experience archived web content. Web archives can stand alone as rich and valuable collections, but can also provide a richer and more nuanced context to other, related collection items. Linking archived web content to other content - publications, exhibitions, or datasets - can supplement and enhance an end user’s experience. Curating web content and making it discoverable so that researchers and end users can make this link, however, is not always straightforward. 

Speakers on this webinar will each provide a 15 minute overview of integrating web archiving into their current collecting and preservation practices. These short talks will be followed by a period of questions and discussions, including speaker responses to some set questions to help highlight different approaches and contexts. 

Speakers

  • Lynn Bruce, Barbara Fuentes & Garth Stewart, National Records of Scotland
  • Arran Rees, Researcher in Social Media Collecting for Museums, University of Leeds

  • TBC

More about this Series

This series of five webinars provides an overview of several core themes of work in the capture, management, and preservation of web content, from institutional webpages to social media datasets. Each of the five episodes will investigate one or more important components of web archiving through the experiences of practitioners. Invited speakers will share the knowledge and insight they have acquired along the way through case studies and practical examples. These presentations will set the stage for a wider discussion, where attendees can pose questions and share experiences of their own.

The webinar series is hosted by the Digital Preservation Coalition as part of the Web Archiving & Preservation Working Group (WAPWG).

See the list of Episodes.

Register your place to join us for Episode Three

Join us for this 90 minute webinar to discuss the challenges of integrating web archives into existing collections and some approaches that might work at your organisation.

DPC Members & Supporters please log in to register.

 

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Digital Preservationists Anonymous at iDCC 2020

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*

  • 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 a maximum of 6 DPC Members only. Minimum numbers apply.

Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register your interest in attending.

Further information and venue details will be sent once minimum numbers are reached and the event is confirmed.

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Web Archiving & Preservation Webinar Episode Two: Approaches & Tools - DIY & Microservices

Following on from Episode One on large-scale approaches, this episode examines alternative methods of archiving web content, focusing on smaller scale tools and strategies that suit particular content types or more focussed collecting.

Episode Two: Approaches & Tools - DIY & Microservices provides an overview of how to do web archiving yourself, whether you’re an archivist for a small organisation, a research data manager looking for ways to support web-based research outputs, or a web curator at a large institution looking for a tool for a specific job. It will introduce different tools for different needs and demonstrate how those tools can be applied to relevant content types. Speakers will provide high level demos of a few handy tools and services and suggest possible ways of integrating open source tools into workflows. Overall, this episode will present some methods for getting started on best practice for archiving web content yourself.

Speakers on this webinar will each provide a 15 minute overview of approaches, tools, and services that support doing web archiving yourself or through small, targeted services. These short talks will be followed by a period of questions and discussions, including speaker responses to some set questions to help highlight different approaches and contexts.

 

Speakers

  • Dan Kerchner & Laura Wrubel, Social Feed Manager, George Washington University
  • Martin Klein, Memento Tracer Framework, Los Alamos National Laboratory

  • Anna Perricci, Webrecorder

More about this Series

This series of five webinars provides an overview of several core themes of work in the capture, management, and preservation of web content, from institutional webpages to social media datasets. Each of the five episodes will investigate one or more important components of web archiving through the experiences of practitioners. Invited speakers will share the knowledge and insight they have acquired along the way through case studies and practical examples. These presentations will set the stage for a wider discussion, where attendees can pose questions and share experiences of their own.

The webinar series is hosted by the Digital Preservation Coalition as part of the Web Archiving & Preservation Working Group (WAPWG).

See the list of Episodes.

Register your place to join us for Episode Two

Join us for this 90 minute webinar to discuss approaches and tools for open source, do-it-yourself tools for archiving web content to better understand how these approaches might work for you.

DPC Members & Supporters please log in to register.

 

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