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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
  • 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

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.

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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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Advocacy and Pilot Projects with Born Digital Photography at the National Library of Ireland

Della Keating & Joanna Finegan

Della Keating & Joanna Finegan

Last updated on 14 February 2020

The National Library of Ireland (NLI) is home to collections that record the memory of Ireland. This includes extensive visual collections in the form of prints, drawings and ephemera. The NLI also holds the world’s largest collection of photographs relating to Ireland, in a variety of formats from daguerreotypes to chromogenic processes. But what about the contemporary visual record, Irish born digital photography?

In order to develop our capacity to collect, preserve and share Irish heritage, which is now in digital form, the library has commenced a series of three pilot projects focused on unpublished born digital collections. These originate from diverse sources representing contemporary Irish life. Late in 2019 bestselling Irish author Marian Keyes donated the archive of her novel, The Mystery of Mercy Close and we look forward to announcing the third donor later this year.

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Episode Four of the Web Archiving & Preservation Webinar Series is now open for registration

Added on 11 February 2020

The DPC is delighted to announce registration is now open for the webinar 'Outreach & Awareness Raising'. This webinar is the fourth episode of the Web Archiving & Preservation Webinar Series for DPC Members and Supporters and will take place on 5 March 2020 at 15:00 GMT. 

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Vacancy for Delivery Manager at The National Archives

1 March 2020

Richmond upon Thames, London

£47,000

Full-Time

DAPP: keeping all my digital preservation resources in a handy app

Sean Macmillan

Sean Macmillan

Last updated on 10 February 2020

Sean Macmillan is an Archivist currently based at the University of London, Senate House Library. At Senate House and in past roles, he’s tackled various digital preservation challenges. He’s currently occupied with helping to develop Senate House’s Digital Ecosystem project. He also recently catalogued the Cusichaca Trust Archive at Senate House, which includes a substantial collection of valuable digital media. He also helped to implement digital workflows in the Bodleian’s BEAM department and planned preservation for the private audio-visual archives of a high-profile client.

Throughout these experiences, Sean has accumulated knowledge and discovered resources about preserving digital materials. To make the most of this valuable information and to keep it close to hand, Sean developed an app using Filemaker Pro. Now, having worked at a range of different organisations, that app holds quite a rich store of information. At this stage, Sean is interested in learning if others might find it useful or have suggestions for how it might be sustained or enhanced. In this blog post, Sean describes the background of DAPP, shows how it can be used at the moment, and issues a call for feedback and advice.

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All of Us First

William Kilbride

William Kilbride

Last updated on 6 February 2020

Earlier this week I had the pleasure to acknowledge the work of Barbara Sierman at a workshop hosted in the Koninklijke Bibliotheek in Den Haag. Barbara had invited me, Micky Lindlar of TIB in Hamburg, Ingrid Dillo of DANS and Marcel Ras of DHN to speak on the single word ‘Re-use’. This blog is the text of my contribution to that discussion.

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Registration Now Open - Preserving 3D Digital Engineering Models - a briefing day

Added on 6 February 2020

The DPC is delighted to announce registration is now open for the Briefing Day; 'Preserving 3D Digital Engineering Models' on the 30th April in York.

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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

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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.

 

 

 

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