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VANISHING POINT: The Curation and Preservation of Virtual Reality

Tickets: Full Price: £20 | Knowledge Quarter £15 | UAL staff and students: £12.50

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As Virtual and Augmented Reality become part of the artists’ toolkit, museums and galleries are tackling the issue of how to collect, preserve and curate Virtual Reality artworks, ensuring they have a life beyond the present. 

Vanishing Point: The Curation and Preservation of Virtual Reality is a one-day conference that brings together industry experts from the BBC, Tate, V&A and BFI to discuss the challenges of preserving new media and look towards possible solutions. Speakers will include keynotes from Tom Burton (BBC) and Solomon Rogers (Chair of BAFTA Immersive Entertainment) with panel discussions featuring Jesse de Vos of the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision and George Stanley of the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. 

Lunch and refreshments will be provided. 

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'What I Wish I Knew Before I Started', DPC and DRI Student Conference 2019 - Dublin

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The DPC and the Digital Repository of Ireland, are pleased to invite students and new professionals in archives, records management and librarianship to a half day conference on practical workplace skills in digital preservation, sponsored by the ARA, IRMS and DPC Supporters. This conference will bring a select group of leading practitioners together with the next generation of archivists, records managers and librarians to discuss the challenges of digital collections management and digital preservation.dri logo colour green cropped 1

The conference will open with a consideration of digital preservation basics and a scan of emerging trends in digital preservation. Next, a group of invited speakers will reflect on ‘what I wish I knew before I started’, or 'what I actually do all day' giving delegates an advantage in their own career development and helping those who frame the curriculum a chance to extend their students' readiness for the workplace. The day will end with a round table session, allowing delegates to ask questions about digital preservation practice and careers.

Programme

12:45 Registration Opens

13:15 Getting Started with Digital Preservation – Sharon McMeekin, DPC

14:00 What I Wish I Knew - Digital Preservation Professionals TBA

15:00 Coffee Break

15:30 Round Table with the Afternoon’s Speakers

16:30 Thanks and Close

This Conference Will:

  • Provide participants with a core grounding in applied digital preservation
  • Provide an overview of emerging trends in digital preservation
  • Present practical examples of the sorts skills that employers are looking from in staff working in digital preservation
  • Present role models of practitioners whose careers have taken them to leading positions in digital preservation
  • Allow delegates to question practitioners about their day-to-day work and the skills that they reply upon

This day will be of interest to:

  • Students and recent graduates in library and archive schools
  • Students and recent graduates in information management and records management
  • Tutors, lecturers and course convenors in library and archive schools, or who teach records management or information governance
  • Employers seeking to understand the skills needed to operate digital preservation facilities or seeking to recruit new entrants
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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 on 28th February 2019, at 09:00 GMT.

Registration is not required, please login to enter.

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'What I Wish I Knew Before I Started', DPC Student Conference 2019 - London

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Event Description

The DPC with support from the School of Advanced Studies at the University of London, the ARA, the IRMS, and DPC Supporters, is pleased to invite students and new professionals in archives, records management and librarianship to a half day conference on practical workplace skills in digital preservation. This conference will bring a select group of leading practitioners together with the next generation of archivists, records managers and librarians to discuss the challenges of digital collections management and digital preservation.

The conference will open with a consideration of digital preservation basics and a scan of emerging trends in digital preservation. Next, a group of invited speakers will reflect on ‘what I wish I knew before I started’, or 'what I actually do all day' giving delegates an advantage in their own career development and helping those who frame the curriculum a chance to extend their students' readiness for the workplace. The day will end with a round table session, allowing delegates to ask questions about digital preservation practice and careers.

Programme

12:45 Registration Opens

13:15 Getting Started with Digital Preservation – Sharon McMeekin, DPC

14:00 What I Wish I Knew - Digital Preservation Professionals

Matthew Addis - Arkivum

Adrian Brown - Parliamentary Archives

Glenn Cumiskey - British Museum

Edith Halvarsson - Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford

15:00 Coffee Break

15:30 Round Table with the Afternoon’s Speakers

16:30 Thanks and Close

This Conference Will:

  • Provide participants with a core grounding in applied digital preservation
  • Provide an overview of emerging trends in digital preservation
  • Present practical examples of the sorts skills that employers are looking from in staff working in digital preservation
  • Present role models of practitioners whose careers have taken them to leading positions in digital preservation
  • Allow delegates to question practitioners about their day-to-day work and the skills that they reply upon

This day will be of interest to:

  • Students and recent graduates in library and archive schools
  • Students and recent graduates in information management and records management
  • Tutors, lecturers and course convenors in library and archive schools, or who teach records management or information governance
  • Employers seeking to understand the skills needed to operate digital preservation facilities or seeking to recruit new entrants
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World Digital Preservation Day - that was fun!

Jenny Mitcham

Jenny Mitcham

Last updated on 14 December 2018

Last year on International Digital Preservation Day (as it was then called) I asked the question “What shall I do for International Digital Preservation Day?” In that blog post I talked about the blogging and tweeting I’d been doing at the Borthwick Institute and ended with “...and of course I now have a whole year to plan for International Digital Preservation Day 2018 so perhaps I'll be able to do something bigger and better?!”

A year passes very quickly and any ideas I had for World Digital Preservation Day 2018 had to be shelved when I accepted an exciting new role of Head of Good Practice and Standards at the Digital Preservation Coalition.

After a hectic few months winding down, tidying up and handing over at the Borthwick Institute for Archives I finally arrived at the DPC on the 20th November.

What a time to start!

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New: Online ‘Member’s Lounge’ starting in January 2019

Added on 13 December 2018

Using the online conferencing platform Zoom, the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) will offer its members exclusive access to a monthly ‘Member’s Lounge’ starting in January 2019.

In a change to the Fridays advertised in the DPC Prospectus, the first Member’s Lounge will open at 12 noon GMT on Thursday 31st January 2019.

With no need for registration, members are invited to drop-in for one hour of open discussion on a range of digital preservation themes, with the Member’s Lounge reopening on the last Thursday of every subsequent month.

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Annual General Meeting of the DPC

DPC members are invited to the Sixteenth Annual General Meeting of the Digital Preservation Coalition which will be held on Thursday 13th December, in Room G21A, Senate House, Malet Street, the University of London, WC1E 7HU.

Tea and coffee will be served at 14:30 GMT and the meeting will commence at 15:00 GMT.  It is scheduled to be complete at 15:30 GMT. Options are available for members wishing to dial in to the meeting.

As a reminder, Full Members are invited also to send delegates to the Representative Council which will precede (lunch at 12:00 GMT, Representative Council from 12:30 GMT).

Please email to Alyson [dot] Campbell [at] dpconline [dot] org to confirm attendance.

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How does it feel? The psychology of digital preservation

Charles Miller

Charles Miller

Last updated on 12 December 2018

Charles Miller is a former BBC documentary producer, currently working for a tech startup in London and studying for a Masters in History. Anchoring will be his second book.


In all discussions about digital preservation, there’s an impossible question to answer: how much should I keep? While institutions are limited by budgets and staff time, for individuals, it’s more personal. Decisions about deleting, and the very process of organising and preserving, bring out complicated emotions about family, nostalgia and sometimes grief.

It’s one of the issues I’m looking at in a book I’m writing about how the digital world has changed ideas about what we want to hang on to and how we can best do it.

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Vacancy for Digital Archives Assistant at the Archaeology Data Service

6 January 2019

York, UK

£18,688 - £22,017 a year

Fixed Term


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