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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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EDRMS Watch Party - Unbroken records: A briefing day on Digital Preservation and EDRMS

This ‘watch party’ event is scheduled for Australasian-friendly time zones, and will provide dedicated time to watch recordings from the DPC event, Unbroken records: A briefing day on Digital Preservation and EDRMS. There will be time for local case studies and discussion.

Timings

15:00 - 17:00 AEST Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra, Brisbane

14:30 - 16:30 Adelaide

13:00 - 15:00 Perth, Singapore

05:00 - 07:00 UTC

06:00 - 08:00 BST

This watch party will interest:
  • Those thinking about or actively planning preservation for Electronic Document and Records Management Systems (EDRMS) or other document or record keeping systems

  • Those interested in learning about specific aspects of EDRMS preservation through case studies

  • Those interested in learning about the work of the DPC’s EDRMS Preservation Task Force

Registration

REGISTER HERE

Registration is free and for DPC Members only. Places are limited and should be booked in advance. Registration will close at 1700 AEST on Monday 24th May. 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.).

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. 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 attending this session to be positive, accepting, and sensitive to the needs and feelings of others in alignment with our DPC Inclusion & Diversity Policy.  

 

The EDRMS Preservation Task Force was established by the DPC as a result of a digital preservation project with the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and our thanks go to them for supporting this work.

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Digital Preservation Futures Event: The Future of Storage

Introduction

The use of storage technology for digital preservation has changed dramatically over the last twenty years. During this time, there has been a change in practice. Previously, the norm was for storing digital materials using discrete media items e.g. individual CDs, tapes, etc., which are then migrated periodically to address degradation and obsolescence.

Today, it has become more common practice to use resilient IT storage systems for the increasingly large volumes of digital material that needs to be preserved, and perhaps more importantly, that needs to be easily and quickly retrievable in a culture of online access. In this way, digital material has become decoupled from the underlying mechanism of its storage. With this come consequent benefits of allowing different preservation activities to be handled independently.

But what does the future hold for digital preservation storage?

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Unbroken records: A briefing day on Digital Preservation and EDRMS

Many organizations hold large quantities of digital content in an Electronic Document and Records Management System (EDRMS) or other document or record keeping system. Some of this content will be of long-term value and will ultimately need to be preserved. It can be challenging to establish a preservation methodology for these records due to the volume of records and technical complexities involved.

Last year the DPC established a task force to investigate this challenge and share experiences. Some of the questions this group has discussed are:

  • How safe are records held within an EDRMS? Are there specific risks in leaving them where they are?

  • When should records be transferred to a digital archive? What are the triggers?

  • How can records be extracted from the EDRMS?

  • Which metadata associated with the record should be captured and maintained in the digital archive? What is the minimum? What else would be nice to have?

  • Which parts of the process can be automated?

  • How can users continue to access the records (where permissions allow)?

The EDRMS task force have been discussing the challenge and as a result have produced some useful resources to help the digital preservation community (to be released later this year).

This briefing day provides an opportunity for wider knowledge sharing on this complex topic. Task force members and other invited speakers will share their experiences in this area, the work of the task force will be shared and future challenges for the digital preservation community will be discussed.

Confirmed speakers:
  • Karin Bredenberg, Kommunalförbundet Sydarkivera

  • Kyle Browness, Library & Archives Canada

  • Euan Cochrane, Stabilize

  • Jamie Dawes-Hughes, Welsh Government

  • Kevin De Vorsey & Bethany Cron, NARA

  • James Doig, National Archives of Australia

  • James Lappin, University of Loughborough

  • John Sheridan, The National Archives UK

  • Zsuzsanna Tözsér Milam, European Central Bank

  • Sally Vermaaten and Andrew Bowers, Gates Archive

  • Emma Yan, University of Glasgow

  • Paul Young, The National Archives UK

Draft programme:

This event will be in two parts, both parts will include a range of talks from different speakers and include both longer presentations and short case studies looking at specific aspects of EDRMS preservation and opportunities for Q&A. It is recognised that attendees from different time zones may only be able to attend one part of the event. Presentations will be recorded where permission is given to do so and will be available for DPC Members to watch after the event. On the registration form you will be asked to specify which part/s of the day you wish to attend. 

Part 1

09:00 - 12:00

  • Welcome and introduction

  • Scene setting

  • Deep dives

  • Short case studies

  • Q&A

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Part 2

14:00 - 17:00 

  • Welcome and introduction

  • Scene setting

  • Deep dives

  • Short case studies

  • Q&A

Registration

Places are strictly limited and should be booked in advance. Registration will close at 12:00 GMT on 13th May and 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 13th May, 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.).

REGISTER HERE

 

The EDRMS Preservation Task Force was established by the DPC as a result of a digital preservation project with the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and our thanks go to them for supporting this work.

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Web Archiving & Preservation Working Group - General Meeting - May 2021

Description

In the first meeting of the re-launched Web Archiving & Preservation Working Group (WAPWG) we're going to look at the challenges of sustaining a web archiving programme:

  • What kinds of web archiving models work for which size or shape of institution?

  • What levels of staffing are required before and, just as importantly, after establishing a programme? 

  • What skills mix / expertise of staff needed at different stages of programme maturity?

  • How do organisations adjust to the demands of collecting for topical events such as COVID, Elections or the Climate Emergency?

  • What are the obvious pitfalls, and ways to avoid them?

  • And the big one: how do organisations make the case for the resourcing they need to keep everything running?

This theme will appeal to those looking to sustain existing web archiving activities as well as to those looking to plan effectively to establish a new programme. As always, the WAPWG seeks to tackle the practical issues that our organisations are grappling with. It's there to provide a friendly forum for frank and honest discussions. And most importantly, it's about sharing our knowledge and continuing to build our community.

Who Should Come?

Delegates from any DPC member institution currently archiving web content or planning to archive web content. This might include:

  • Web archivists or curators with responsibility for selecting, managing, and preserving web content

  • Archivists or curators who include, or are looking to include, web content as part of collections

  • Librarians, research support and research data and information specialists who support researchers and institutions using web content and web-based data

  • Records managers who include, or are looking to include, web content as part of corporate records

  • IT specialists or software developers building, or looking to build, support for the collection and preservation of web content

  • Managers, directors, and policy-makers responsible for fulfilling institutional mandates and policies for preserving web content

 Agenda

To be confirmed

Registration

REGISTER HERE

Registration is free and for DPC Members only.

Places are limited and should be booked in advance. Registration will close at 17:00BST on Thursday 13th May. 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.).

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. 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 attending this 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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EPISODE 6: Digital Preservation Futures with Preservica

This series of webinars will showcase the product and service offerings of each of our DPC Supporters in turn, before the DPC staff invite speakers to respond on a series of themes which represent our understanding of member interests. 

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EPISODE 5: Digital Preservation Futures with Max Communications

This series of webinars will showcase the product and service offerings of each of our DPC Supporters in turn, before the DPC staff invite speakers to respond on a series of themes which represent our understanding of member interests. 

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EPISODE 4: Digital Preservation Futures with AVP

This series of webinars will showcase the product and service offerings of each of our DPC Supporters in turn, before the DPC staff invite speakers to respond on a series of themes which represent our understanding of member interests. 

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Novice to Know-How: Providing Access to Preserved Digital Content – Course Launch

DPC access 37The National Archives (UK) and the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) are delighted to invite you to join us on Monday 10th May for the launch of the “Providing Access to Preserved Digital Content” course, a new addition to the successful Novice to Know-How Online Learning Pathway.

Members of the worldwide archives and digital preservation communities are invited to attend, hear from, and chat with national and international colleagues as The National Archives (UK) and the DPC introduce their newest digital preservation training resource.

Part of The National Archives’ digital capacity building strategy, ‘Plugged In, Powered Up,’ the Novice to Know-How learning pathway aims to provide beginners with the skills required to develop and implement simple digital preservation workflows within their organisation. The new course on "Providing Access to Preserved Digital Content" aims to provide learners with an understanding of the broad range of issues to be considered when providing access, as well as the ability to implement simple access provisions.

The event will include short presentations on the background to the course, its development, and its contents, as well as some quiz-based fun and opportunities for attendees to ask questions and chat about the issues relating to providing access.

What to bring:
  • Supply your own favourite food and drink to enjoy while we chat.

  • Your finest attire – just because we’re meeting online doesn’t mean we shouldn’t dress for the occasion. 

Programme

14:00 - Welcome and Introductions – William Kilbride, DPC

14:05 - “Plugged In, Powered Up”: Update from The National Archives (UK) – Jo Pugh, TNA

14:15 - Intro to “Providing Access to Preserved Digital Content” – Sharon McMeekin, DPC

14:25 - What Do You Know About Access? Interactive Quiz (participation optional)

14:35 - What’s in the Course? Highlight on Accessibility – Amy Currie, DPC

14:45 - Q&A with the speakers

14:55 - Thank you and close – William Kilbride, DPC

Registration

REGISTER HERE

Registration is free and open to all.

If you have any difficulty, please contact John McMillan (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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. 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 attending this 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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DP Futures Webinar Series: Australasian ‘Drop in and watch’ sessions

DP Futures Webinar Series: Australasian ‘Drop in and watch’ sessions

These one-hour sessions are organised in Australasian-friendly time zones, allowing DPC members in Australasia to dedicate time to watching the DPC Supporter webinar recordings:

Episode 1: Digital Preservation Futures with LIBNOVA 6th May // 1300-1400 AEST                      
Episode 2: Digital Preservation Futures with Arkivum 7th May // 1300-1400 AEST                      
Episode 3: Digital Preservation Futures with Artefactual 10th May // 1300-1400 AEST                      
Episode 4: Digital Preservation Futures with AVP 13th May // 1300-1400 AEST                      
Episode 5: Digital Preservation Futures with Max Communications 14th May // 1300-1400 AEST                      
Episode 6: Digital Preservation Futures with Preservica 17th May // 1300-1400 AEST                      
Registration

REGISTER HERE

Registration is free and for DPC Members only. 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.). 

What's next?
Wednesday 26th May - 'The Future of Storage' Event

Registration opening soon

The use of storage technology for digital preservation has changed dramatically over the last twenty years. During this time, there has been a change in practice. Previously, the norm was for storing digital materials using discrete media items e.g. individual CDs, tapes, etc., which are then migrated periodically to address degradation and obsolescence.

Today, it has become more common practice to use resilient IT storage systems for the increasingly large volumes of digital material that needs to be preserved, and perhaps more importantly, that needs to be easily and quickly retrievable in a culture of online access. In this way, digital material has become decoupled from the underlying mechanism of its storage. With this come consequent benefits of allowing different preservation activities to be handled independently.

But what does the future hold for digital preservation storage?

Open to DPC Members and Supporters, and discussing a topic which effects all parties in different ways, this event will seek to identify requirements for emerging storage solutions.

Wednesday 16th June - Connecting the Bits: DPC Unconference and Members' Networking Event 2021 

Registration opening soon

Connecting the Bits is an annual planning event through which key themes for discussion (and for DPC action in the following year) are generated by members based on their current work and emerging concerns. Because members decide these themes, it provides them with a unique opportunity to steer the Coalition's program for the coming year. This process is only open to members, allowing them to be candid about successes, failures, plans and threats.


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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