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A risk driven approach to Bitstream Preservation: Member preview of new DPC Technology Watch Guidance Note

Added on 7 December 2022

Bitstream PreservationThe Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) has released a Member Preview of the next in its series of Technology Watch Guidance Notes, A risk driven approach to Bitstream Preservation by Paul Wheatley, today.

A risk driven approach to Bitstream Preservation explores some of the challenges that must be addressed by a storage architecture designed for long-term digital preservation. It considers the risks faced by content stored over the long-term and concludes with a simple approach to assess and document the risks and mitigating actions put in place to address them.

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Call for Contributions for iPRES 2023 Now Open!

Added on 7 December 2022

The iPRES 2023 Program Committee is very pleased to announce that the Call for Contributions for iPRES 2023 is now open. 

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the Chicago Collections Consortium will host iPRES 2023 from September 19-23, 2023. With an incredible diversity of experiences and knowledge to share, they are excited to facilitate connections between digital preservation researchers and practitioners from all over the world.  

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Vacancy for MDSP Consultancy at University of Leeds

30 December 2022

Leeds

Category K:10K to 25K

Vacancy for AtoM Maintainer at Artefactual

12 December 2022

Remote

$70,000 - $96,000 CAD

Full-Time

Vacancy for Archivematica Maintainer at Artefactual

12 December 2022

Remote

$70,000 - $96,000 CAD

Full-Time

DPClinic – Behind the scenes with Barbara Sierman

Michael Popham

Michael Popham

Last updated on 28 November 2022

Michael Popham is Digital Preservation Analyst at the DPC.


For this month’s DPClinic, Barbara Sierman chose to reprise a session she offered at the recent iPres 2022 conference. Barbara is well-known to many in the digital preservation community, having worked formerly as Digital Preservation Manager at the Koninklijke Bibliotheek (National Library of the Netherlands), and since being awarded a DPC Fellowship in 2018 in recognition of her sustained personal contribution to digital preservation.

Barbara is currently writing a book about her time working in digital preservation, in which she plans to pay tribute to the pioneers in the field. Barbara confessed that in the course of her research, she has been surprised at just how long some people have been working on aspects of digital preservation that still engage our thinking today. She was keen to hear others’ thoughts and reflections on these topics, and chose to do this by presenting citations from five seminal pioneers of digital preservation from Australia, Canada, UK, US, and the Netherlands.

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File format recommendations - I wouldn’t say they are unacceptable, but I wouldn’t recommend them either

Paul Wheatley

Paul Wheatley

Last updated on 30 November 2022

Last week I joined a webinar entitled “A Comparison of Recommended File Formats and the New Dutch Method for File Format Assessment”. It’s great to see the outcomes of this collaborative work, and it’s clear that it has already played an important role in bringing out some key themes in the preservation approaches of various organizations. But I felt that a number of aspects give cause for concern. The collation of file format policies has highlighted some approaches that I believe should be challenged and discussed further. I also suggest that the communication of the work could be enhanced to avoid misleading readers and propagating potentially poor preservation practice. These are of course just my thoughts on this topic, but I’d love to continue the conversation and try to better understand the motivation around these approaches to addressing file formats.

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Vacancy for Senior Archivist at University of Westminster

3 January 2023

London

£43,611 inc. LWA

Full-Time

Vacancy for Preservation Program Officer at National Archives and Records Administration

30 November 2022

Anywhere in the U.S. (remote job)

$111,521 - $164,102 per year

Full-Time


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