‘Access is What we are Preserving’: But for Whom?

David Underdown and Leontien Talboom work at The National Archives UK

Designated Communities, Representation Information and Knowledge Bases in a Wiki World 

Thanks to Andy Jackson of the British Library's web archiving team for partial inspiration for the title of this post (the rest of the conversation is also largely relevant to the post too)


Most of us in the digital preservation field are familiar with the Open Archival Information System (OAIS) model. After nearly two decades this model has become a backbone for many of our architectures, certification and protocols. Terms such as AIP, SIP and DIP are in common use and the first sighting of the OAIS diagram at a conference is frequently remarked on. The model has given us a common language to communicate our digital preservation needs with. But how many of us have actually read and engaged with the model further than the most common terms from it? We would like to admit that the first time we read the guidelines of the OAIS model was at the start of this year, even though we have been using terms from the model throughout both our digital archiving careers.

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The National Archives of Australia joins the Digital Preservation Coalition

Added on 1 July 2019

The Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) welcomes the National Archives of Australia, as they become its newest Associate member.

Collecting and preserving Australian Government records which reflect the country’s history and identity, the National Archives of Australia (NAA) is in a period of digital transformation. As part of this NAA is leading a whole-of-government approach to digital information governance that takes full effect in 2020, and are undertaking a phased, multi-year program to modernise its capabilities to embed secure digital end-to-end archival processes.

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Developing a digital preservation service for the British Museum - Part 1

Glenn Cumiskey

Glenn Cumiskey

Last updated on 4 July 2019

Glenn Cumiskey is Digital Preservation Resource Manager at the British Museum

The British Museum faces many challenges in its plans to better manage its data. For example, the capacity of the British Museum storage area network (SAN) has for some years been unable to meet the growing demands placed on it by the voluminous growth of data created by Museum staff in pursuit of their day-to-day activities.

Data growth is driven by many factors. As technologies reduce in cost but increase in the size and complexity of the assets they generate, the number of assets created and the storage footprint of these will naturally and potentially exponentially increase.

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iPRES 2019 Call for Proposals for the Ad Hoc Programme

Added on 28 June 2019

The Ad Hoc Call is now open and your proposals are welcomed!

Lightning talks, digital preservation games, original digital preservation graphics – this year’s iPRES offers exciting submission categories beyond the traditional paper, panel, poster, workshop, tutorial and demonstration submissions. These Ad Hoc sessions will not go through a formal peer review process, will not be submitted through EasyChair, and the abstracts will not be part of the proceedings. Submit your ideas and bring them along to share at iPRES 2019 in Amsterdam!

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New Slack Workspace on Digital Preservation Training

Added on 27 June 2019

A key aim of the Digital Preservation Coalition as it continues to grow and develop its Workforce Development activities is to help facilitate collaboration, and knowledge and skill sharing for those working on the provision of Digital Preservation training. There are many fantastic DP training initiatives around the world, but they often work in isolation, meaning there may be duplication of effort in developing resources and limited reach in terms of audience. In the hope of increasing communications between training providers and opening the way for sharing resources and knowledge, the DPC has created a Slack Workspace for training providers, dedicated to the topic of DP Training.

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Not Your Childhood Fire Drills

Bradley Daigle

Bradley Daigle

Last updated on 27 June 2019

Bradley Daigle is the Content Lead for the Academic Preservation Trust and Chair of the Coordinating Committee for the NDSA's Leadership Group

While at the most recent PASIG, held in Mexico City, I sat in the audience and responded to a question that I interpreted to be about preservation stewardship responsibility and where it resides. Apparently, the solution I put forward was not something that others had considered or were planning. Therefore, in this post, I am providing some context and explanation of what we are doing at Academic Preservation Trust (APTrust) to provide a more rounded approach to preservation responsibility. This overview will be a description of what I call “fire drills” or what our tech team refers to as “test restores”.

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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 at 12:00 BST on Thursday 25th July. 

Discussion topics and resources

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Vacancy for Web Archivist at the National Records of Scotland

21 July 2019


£29,759 - £34,087


Vacancy for Digital Preservation Analyst at Beeld en Geluid, Netherlands

10 July 2019

Hilversum, NL

€ 3,156.13 - € 4,508.79

Fixed Term

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