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Reminder for Call for Papers: Data for Policy 2020 - Documenting Data and Data Science

Added on 7 April 2020

Data for Policy 2020 is still hoping to be held at UCL, London, UK on 15-16 September 2020.

This conference series is the premier global forum for multiple disciplinary and cross-sector discussions around the theories, applications and implications of data science innovation in governance and the public sector – see dataforpolicy.org for further details.

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Enacting Environmentally Sustainable Preservation: some thoughts

Jenny Mitcham

Jenny Mitcham

Last updated on 6 April 2020

On Friday last week the DPC hosted a webinar on ‘Enacting Environmentally Sustainable Preservation’. We were delighted to be able to get all four authors of a recent article in American Archivist in the (virtual) room together with our Members to discuss this important topic.

The article is available here and I’d urge digital preservation people everywhere to read it if you haven’t already. I joked within the webinar last week that I wished I’d written it myself...but I should also note that if I had it wouldn’t be nearly so thorough or well referenced!

In the paper, the authors (Keith Pendergrass, Walker Sampson, Tim Walsh and Laura Alagna) call for a paradigm shift to create environmentally sustainable digital preservation. They focus in particular on three key areas, asking us to consider how we view and enact appraisal, permanence, and the availability of digital content. They encourage us to make sustainable choices by integrating environmental sustainability into existing decision-making criteria and follow with detailed discussion and a framework for helping us more effectively consider our choices.

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Capturing the UK Government Response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic at The National Archives UK

Sara Day Thomson

Sara Day Thomson

Last updated on 6 April 2020

A Note from the Editor, Sara Day Thomson

As the coordinator of the DPC’s Web Archiving & Preservation Working Group, it has been my absolute pleasure to work with some of the most enthusiastic, creative, and persevering professionals in the field. The community of archivists, curators, librarians, researchers, and enthusiasts who do the work of capturing and preserving web resources has always displayed a collaborative spirit and a willingness to try new approaches and learn from each other.

The coronavirus pandemic has truly and profoundly put that spirit to the test, and the web archiving community has not disappointed.

‘The speed, scale, and level of interest in participating in this collective effort have been remarkable and have no comparison to previous collaborative endeavours,’ Jefferson Bailey from Internet Archive attests. ‘It is a great testament to the community's ability to work together.’

Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been in touch with a handful of the professionals at the frontlines of this effort to archive the global experience of coronavirus. In a series of blog posts, I’ll share their insights into this urgent undertaking to capture the world’s response to coronavirus (Covid-19) online.

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Enacting Environmentally Sustainable Preservation - Webinar

The cultural heritage community has engaged with environmental sustainability in many areas, but is only beginning to explore the sustainability concerns of digital preservation activities. Building off of a recent American Archivist article (“Toward Environmentally Sustainable Digital Preservation”), in which the authors argue that truly sustainable practice will come only from critical examination of the underlying motivations and assumptions of current digital preservation practices, the authors will introduce the sustainability framework proposed in the article and facilitate group discussion to apply this thinking to participants' own organizational contexts and identify existing holes in research.

Presenters

  • Keith Pendergrass, Harvard Business School

  • Walker Sampson, University of Colorado Boulder

  • Tim Walsh, Artefactual Systems

  • Laura Alagna, Northwestern University

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Online! For Your Eyes Only: Scalable Approaches to Identifying, Managing, and Securing Sensitive or Restricted Information

This event has been adapted to our virtual platform to keep our speakers and delegates healthy but well-informed on the issues in digital preservation! 

The DPC invites you to join us for this briefing day to learn about the challenges to identifying, managing and securing information containing sensitive or restricted information within a preservation environment. Speakers from a range of backgrounds and experiences will describe the problem from their own context. Participants will have the opportunity to pose questions to the speakers but also to learn from each other how different organisations are tackling this critical issue.

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The Archives and Records are Accessible

Added on 1 April 2020

The following article is a statement from the ICA and is available in English, French and Spanish below


The Archives and Records are Accessible

At ICA we think it is an important time to tell people from all over the world, not just our community, that archives continue to be accessible even though in some cases the physical buildings may be shuttered. Also, that records services continue to operate to facilitate business and government operations.

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Upcoming webinar (April 17): encoded archival standards update from TS-EAS

Added on 1 April 2020

Interested in learning about developments with encoded archival standards? Curious to know what changes are planned for 2020?

The Society of American Archivists’ Technical Subcommittee for Encoded Archival Standards (TS-EAS) is hosting a brief webinar on Friday, April 17 to provide an update on work related to maintaining and updating Encoded Archival Description (EAD) and Encoded Archival Context - Corporate bodies, Persons and Families (EAC-CPF), as well as the development of future companion standards. 

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Catching an Avalanche with a Teaspoon: the Global Challenge of Web Archiving the Coronavirus Pandemic

Sara Day Thomson

Sara Day Thomson

Last updated on 3 April 2020

A Note from the Editor, Sara Day Thomson

As the coordinator of the DPC’s Web Archiving & Preservation Working Group, it has been my absolute pleasure to work with some of the most enthusiastic, creative, and persevering professionals in the field. The community of archivists, curators, librarians, researchers, and enthusiasts who do the work of capturing and preserving web resources has always displayed a collaborative spirit and a willingness to try new approaches and learn from each other.

The coronavirus pandemic has truly and profoundly put that spirit to the test, and the web archiving community has not disappointed.

‘The speed, scale, and level of interest in participating in this collective effort have been remarkable and have no comparison to previous collaborative endeavours,’ Jefferson Bailey from Internet Archive attests. ‘It is a great testament to the community's ability to work together.’

Over the last week I’ve been in touch with a handful of the professionals at the front lines of this effort to archive the global experience of coronavirus. In a series of blog posts, I’ll share their insights into this urgent undertaking to capture the world’s response to coronavirus (Covid-19) online.

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PhD Examiners sought: Digital Preservation / Digital Forensics

Added on 1 April 2020

Denise De Vries at the University of Swinburne in Melbourne, Australia is looking for potential & willing examiners for a PhD thesis which will most likely be submitted early June 2020.

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