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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Preservation Planning and Technology Watch ‘watch party’: Do (Preservation) actions speak louder than words?


This ‘watch party’ event scheduled at a time to suit DPC Members in Australasia will provide an opportunity to watch recordings from the DPC Briefing Day ‘Do (Preservation) actions speak louder than words?’.

Attendees will be encouraged to discuss the presentations and questions for the speakers will be collated and answered after the event. The watch party will conclude with a selection of live case studies demonstrating how DPC Members in Australasia are tackling the challenge of preservation planning and technology watch.


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Do (Preservation) actions speak louder than words?: a briefing day on Preservation Planning and Technology Watch

The topics of Preservation Planning and Technology Watch are talked about frequently in digital preservation circles. We all know they are key elements of an OAIS and that there are several tools and models available to help us, but how many of us have really turned this knowledge into practical action, and what is it that is holding us back? Are we all talk and no action?

At the DPC’s ‘Connecting the Bits’ unconference in June 2020 this was an area that was flagged up as a challenge. Member’s reported a substantial gap between where they are now and where they would like to be. During a discussion at this meeting focusing specifically on preservation planning and technology watch, several useful initiatives in this area were mentioned and it was agreed that we should take the opportunity to bring this information together at a DPC Briefing Day, including some practical case studies showing how different organizations are tackling the challenge.

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This event will provide a forum to discuss and consider: 

  • Which tools can be employed to support preservation planning and technology watch activities? 

  • How do others in the community assess risks to the content that they hold and decide what preservation actions to take? 

  • How can the community share tools, skills and experience in this area? 

Attendees will be encouraged to come away with ideas for practical steps they could take to move forward in this area. Either using some of the tools or resources described, or learning from the range of case studies presented.


Confirmed speakers:
  • Micky Lindlar, German National Library of Science and Technology

  • Peter May, British Library

  • Kate Murray, Library of Congress

  • Leslie Johnston and Elizabeth England, NARA

  • Rachel MacGregor, Warwick University

  • Tim Evans, Archaeology Data Service

  • Patricia Falcao, Tate

A fuller programme for this event will be released in January.

Note that a ‘watch party’ will be held on the 17th February at a time to suit DPC Members in Australasia. This event will provide an opportunity to watch the recordings from the briefing day, hear some local case studies and have a chance to network and discuss.




Places are strictly limited and should be booked in advance. Registration will close at 12:00 GMT on 2nd February and early booking is recommended as we expect this event will be popular. Registration is free for DPC 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. 

DPC members can claim their free place by entering the promotional code DPCMEMBER. Cancellations will be accepted until 12:00 GMT on 2nd February, a 'no show' fee of £75 will be charged for those who cancel after this time.

Non DPC Members can attend this event for a price of £75.

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.).

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New Year and New Opportunities to steer the Coalition

Added on 6 January 2021

DPC Members are invited to take up a series of new opportunities to guide the work of the Coalition.  A seat is available to join the DPC’s Executive Board and representatives are sought on four of the Sub-Committees which oversee and steer our work.

The DPC is governed by a small Executive Board comprising 12 directors drawn from the full members which meets quarterly to direct what we do. Directors have significant and immediate influence on the work of the DPC.  We renew the Executive Board annually with one or two directors stepping down. Thus in January 2021 we are seeking a new director to join us.

The Executive Board is supported by a series of Sub-Committees which ensure DPC’s plans and activities are tightly coupled to members’ needs. Care is taken to ensure that the Sub-Committees are diverse, and colleagues at all points in their careers, across all the parts of the Coalition and across all the sectors and agencies the DPC represents. 

Our Sub-Committee meets quarterly for around two hours, receiving reports about the DPC's work in specific areas, and reviewing plans for upcoming or new initiatives.  The Sub-Committees also filter and review grant applications and new or additional activities that arise throughout the year.  Each one is facilitated by a DPC staff member.

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Vacancy for Programme Manager at The British Library

10 January 2021

Boston Spa or St Pancras

£45,000 - £48,750

Fixed Term

Key dates for DPC meetings in 2021

Added on 6 January 2021

Members are advised that key dates for DPC Executive Board and Representative Council meetings are as follows:

  • 16 March – Representative Council and Executive Board

  • 15 June – Representative Council and Executive Board

  • 07 September – Representative Council and Executive Board

  • 07 December – Representative Council and Executive Board followed by AGM

Typically the Council meets in the late morning and is open to all full members; the Executive Board meets after a short lunch break and is intended for directors (though observers are welcome).  Times will be confirmed closer to the date of the meetings and we expect that we will be gathering online by video conference for the time being. 

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Zoom may now require you to have a personal account in order to join a meeting. Therefore please could you register for an account in advance of #DPConnect, if you do not have one already. The sign up link is here: https://zoom.us/signup

The Digital Preservation Coalition exists to connect people and enable ever closer collaboration towards a shared global challenge.

#DPConnect provides a weekly online presence, run so that it is available at time zones around the world.

Having provided an ongoing, online presence to connect the global digital preservation community as we worked in isolation through the pandemic, #DPConnect will return in 2021 as a weekly online space to drop in and discuss all things digital preservation.

The gatherings will remain short and informal, 30 minutes max, they will have no agenda and no themes – just come and talk about what you are working on, share work problems and challenges - or just say hello!

Longer meetings can always continue once others have left if required.  We'll use the hashtag #dpconnect when we discuss it on twitter.

Who can use #DPConnect?

  •  #DPConnect is available to everyone in the digital preservation community, DPC Members and non-members alike, provided all participants are respectful and supportive of one another and adhere to the DPC's Inclusion and Diversity Policy (see more below).

How to #DPConnect?

  • #DPConnect will use the DPC's online Zoom facility.
  • Choose from the weekly sessions.
  • Connect by phone or web.
  • DPC members may access the sessions they would like to attend directly, by logging into the website to reveal the joining information.
  • Non-Members who would like to attend the sessions may request the joining information by clicking on their preferred timing below.
  • Re-usable meeting links: Pick your region or timezone and it will be the same meeting ID or URL each day.
  • Each session will be captained by a DPC Staff Member or Guest Host.
  • Note any items of digital preservation discussion you would like to record for action or information here (not compulsory)


DPC Members please login to access joining information, non-members please click on your preferred session to request joining information.

from week commencing January 4th, our schedule will look like this:


Australasia and Asia

Europe and Africa

Americas and the Pacific


Monthly, timings as advertised


17:00 GMT // 12:00 EST // 09:00 PST


12:30 GMT // 07:30 EST


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 - the same applies to #DPConnect sessions. We encourage diversity in all its forms and are committed to being accessible to everyone who wishes to engage with the topic of digital preservation, whilst remaining technology and vendor neutral. We ask all those who are part of this community and/or attending a #DPConnect session to be positive, accepting, and sensitive to the needs and feelings of others in alignment with our DPC Inclusion & Diversity Policy. 

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CSC ‒ IT Center for Science joins the Digital Preservation Coalition

Added on 1 January 2021

Finnish non-profit state enterprise CSC ‒ IT Center for Science has joined the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC), becoming the Coalition’s newest Associate Member. CSC 2012 LOGO RGB 72dpi

Funded by the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture, CSC has produced sustainable national digital preservation services for cultural heritage and research data in Finland since 2015. Services are developed in close collaboration with partner organisations to preserve their digital assets whilst other provisions include maintaining national digital preservation specifications, developing open-source software, maintaining hardware for preservation, and offering support for national organisations on various aspects of digital preservation.

“We believe that international collaboration is the way to successful digital preservation. Being part of the DPC, we look forward to benefitting from the experiences of all members and sharing our own national lessons-learned back to the community” explains Kimmo Koivunen, Development Manager for CSC. 

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The Postal Museum joins the Digital Preservation Coalition

Added on 1 January 2021

PMThe Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) welcomes The Postal Museum this new year, as they become Associate Members of the Coalition.

The Postal Museum, located in London, reveals five centuries of British social and communications history as seen through the eyes of its iconic postal service. The museum cares for the records generated by Royal Mail and Post Office Limited in the UK. These records constitute the business archive of the Post Office since 1637 and hold the status of Public Records under the Public Records Act 1967. The Postal Museum is also developing an archive of records generated by the museum itself. With this remit, The Postal Museum is currently working to develop capacity to transfer and preserve these records in a digital format.

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year (DPC closed from 18th Dec 2020 – 4th Jan 2021)

Added on 17 December 2020

dpcchristmasThank you for all your wonderful support throughout this strange year. Despite the challenges 2020 has presented, the DPC and the digital preservation community have proved that we can continue to support each other even though physically disconnected. While we may not have seen you face to face, we have had another tremendously successful year as a Coalition with highlights including the opening of our new DPC Office in Melbourne, we welcomed three new members of staff – Jaye Weatherburn, John McMillan and Amy Currie, we released new resources like Novice to Know-How online digital preservation training, the Digital Preservation Policy Toolkit and the Digital Preservation Procurement Toolkit, as well as contributing to the organisation of #WeMissiPRES, World Digital Preservation Day and the Digital Preservation Awards 2020... not to mention all our new DPC Members and Supporters. We are delighted to have you all as part of our community! 

We'll be closing our laptops from 17:00 GMT tomorrow, Friday 18th December and will reopen them again on Monday 4th January 2021. During that period, we will only be checking email intermittently.  

We hope you all have a good break, and we look forward to seeing you all again in 2021.

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