Registration open for PASIG, March 2016 in Prague

Added on 15 January 2016

Preservation and Archiving Special Interest Group (PASIG) Event, Prague, March 2016

Registration is open for the next PASIG event, from 9-11 March at the Czech National Library of Technology in Prague. 

Please note that the attendee cost is 200€ until the end of January which will become 250€ from 1st February onwards, so early registration is highly recommended.

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"Standing on the Digits of Giants" - a joint ALPSP & DPC event

Added on 8 January 2016

The DPC is pleased to announce an upcoming seminar produced in collaboration with the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers. “Standing on the Digits of Giants” is a seminar that will examine emerging trends in scholarly communication from the perspective of the publication and long-term access to the scholarly record.  This includes outputs not traditionally included within the primary scientific canon such as metadata, software and research data. This is a full day event and will be held at Arundel House (13-15 Arundel House, Temple Place, London WC2R) on Tuesday 8th March.

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Happy new year!

Added on 8 January 2016

Happy New Year from everyone at DPC and NCDD!

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Seasons Greetings from the DPC

Added on 21 December 2015

The DPC would like to wish everyone a great time over the festive period. 

Our offices will be closed until Tuesday, 5th January 2016, and we look forward to seeing you all in the new year!

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The DPC welcomes Unilever Archives and Records Management (UARM) as its latest full member, November 2015

Added on 17 December 2015

The DPC are delighted to announce Unilever Archives and Records Management (UARM) as its latest full member. Unilever consists of several well-known brands, including PG Tips, Lux, Persil and Marmite, all of which feature in the company archive. This internationally significant collection of business records has been recognised by The National Archives as being of a high standard and has received “Designated Status” by the Museums Libraries and Archives Council.

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Registration Opens for 'What I Wish I Knew Before I Started': DPC Student Conference 2016

Added on 16 December 2015

The DPC, with support from the Archives and Records Association and the Institute for Historical Research, is pleased to invite students and researchers in archives, records management and librarianship to a one day conference on practical workplace skills in digital preservation set to take place on Friday 22nd January at Senate House, Malet Street, London.

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New DPC Technology Watch Report available; ‘Personal Digital Archiving’

Added on 15 December 2015

The DPC, Gabriela Redwine and Charles Beagrie Ltd are delighted to announce the public release of the latest DPC Technology Watch Report ‘Personal Digital Archiving’, written by Gabriela Redwine, Digital Archivist at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University.

This free peer-reviewed report is aimed at individuals who are concerned about how best to manage and preserve their own personal digital archives, as well as professionals who advise people on how to select and best preserve such digital content.

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Practical Preservation and People: a briefing about metadata


Digital preservation, from almost every angle, resolves to a question of metadata and people. If the core challenge of digital preservation is that software and hardware and people change, then fundamental to any remedial action will be some documentation about the configuration of software and hardware and people at the point of creation. Metadata is such an obvious solution to so many of our questions, but it comes at some considerable price. It has long been realised that generating all this metadata is expensive and repetitive. Considerable effort has been expended on tools that can generate metadata directly from collections and on services (ie registries) to support consistency and reduce one-off costs. Standards like PREMIS and METS allow that metadata to be expressed consistently and tied to that which they describe. It’s expansive in the present and it ought to expand through time as new preservation actions are executed and new uses documented. So digital archives become freighted with documentation of the when and the why and the who and the how of their existence. One is tempted to ask how much metadata is it realistic to gather, and how do we know when we’ve got enough?

If the purpose of digital preservation is dependable long-term access, then ensuring that users have sufficient documentation to locate, access and interpret archival holdings is the only true measure of success. Any objects which don’t serve this purpose are probably superfluous; any omission that prevents confident use is probably a dereliction of duty. So it’s perhaps surprising that the digital preservation community doesn’t spend more time considering our user communities. Only if we can understand the changing needs of our user communities can we assess whether our metadata efforts are in vain. Only when we understand our users can we properly understand the value we offer.

This workshop will review and update DPC members on current themes in preservation metadata, paying special attention to the role of user communities can offer as a partner and benchmark for metadata creation. It will examine mechanisms for tracking users through time, using their requirements to frame practical preservation activities.

Participants at the workshop will:

  • Better understand the OAIS concept of the ‘designated community’ and how it can be used to shape preservation outcomes
  • Understand the potential of users in the assessment and generation of preservation metadata
  • Discuss the role of users and attendant metadata in the assessment of preservation services
  • Share practical examples of preservation metadata from a range of perspectives
  • Explore emerging themes in metadata standards and their relevance to digital preservation

Who should come?

This briefing day will interest:

  • Archivists, librarians, curators or data managers with digital collections
  • Digital preservation specialists and tool developers
  • Chief information officers or chief technology officers of agencies with needs for longterm data retention
  • Information professionals interested in new developments in digital preservation and community engagement
  • Managers in public sector agencies and universities interested in impact and assessment
  • Cultural planners interested in public engagement

Indicative Programme

10.00 Registration, Tea & Coffee
10.30 Briefing Day Open & Introductions
10.35 Key Note: Preservation and People: understanding designated communities (Christian Keitel)
11.05 What metadata does the Digital Repository of Ireland want, and how much do they actually get? (Kathryn Cassidy)
11.35 How much metadata can archivists really expect (Alex Green)
12.05 What metadata do users want and need, and how much can we get out of them (Katie Green)
12.35 Discussion
12.45 Lunch
13.30 Designated communities, OAIS and assessment (Herve L’hours)
14.00 Emerging Nuances of Digital Preservation Metadata (Angela Dappert)
14.30 Metadata and other stories online (Yunhyong Kim)
15.00 Semi-automated metadata extraction in the long term (Emma Tonkin)
15.30 Tea & Coffee
15.45 Panel discussion with speakers (Paul Wheatley discussant)
16.30 Thanks and Close


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The Digital Preservation Coalition welcomes the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine as its latest associate member, October 2015

Added on 1 December 2015

The DPC is delighted to welcome the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Libraries and Archives Service (LSHTM) as its latest associate member. The vision of LSHTM is to be a world-leading school of public and global health to address contemporary and future critical health challenges with the aim of fostering collaborations based on mutual respect and openness to share expertise throughout the UK and worldwide.

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Filling the Digital Preservation Gap Webinar

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In the Jisc funded "Filling the Digital Preservation Gap" project, teams at the Universities of Hull and York are looking at how to incorporate digital preservation into their workflows for research data management. The project is looking specifically at Archivematica, an open source digital preservation solution. Whilst the project focuses on a particular use case (research data management) the project team also have other use cases in mind for Archivematica and many of the lessons learnt so far have been more broadly applicable. This webinar will summarise project results so far and discuss some of the ways we are enhancing and developing Archivematica to make it more suitable for our proposed use cases.

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