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The Digital Preservation Coalition welcomes Unilever Archives and Records Management as a full member

Added on 23 November 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.

Claire Tunstall, Heard of Art Archives & Records Management at UARM said, “Joining the DPC will allow us to think strategically and extend our purpose of preserving and conserving the archives of Unilever, including born digital materials. We hope that by connecting with other DPC members, their expertise will help us to take active steps to prevent the creation of a digital black hole within our archive.”

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Filling the Digital Preservation Gap - Webinar 25th Nov

Added on 23 November 2015

DPC is deligthed to invite members to an informal webinar on Wed 25th November 1300-1400 with Jen Mitcham and Simon Wilson about their current project 'Filling the Digital Preservation Gap'  For more details on how to join ths event, see the full announcement on the DPC Events Page.

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Papers and Agenda released ahead of AGM, 30th Nov

Added on 16 November 2015

The Agenda and associated papers for the 13th Annual General Meeting of the DPC in Oxford on the 30th November have been published and are now available online for members.

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DPC Invites Members to Attend its 13th Annual General Meeting

Added on 10 November 2015

DPC is delighted to invite members to the 13th Annual General Meeting of the DPC which will be held at 14.45 on Monday the 30th of November 2015 in the Lecture Theatre, Weston Library, Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3DG. The meeting is expected to end at approximately 1530 and will be followed by a tour of the Library.  Tea and coffee will be available from 1430.  This year’s AGM will include the first inaugural DPC President’s Address, by Richard Ovenden. The AGM will be chaired by Laura Mitchell, Chair of the Digital Preservation Coalition.

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The Digital Preservation Coalition welcomes the British Museum as its latest associate member, October 2015

Added on 5 November 2015

Digital data exists in the British Museum in many different forms, from many different sources and for many different uses. It includes digital images registered as collection objects, photographic assets of the wider physical collection, scientific and conservation data related to the collection, and archival data amongst other things.

Laura Mitchell, chair of the DPC said “The museum sector is facing a wide variety of digital preservation issues and it is therefore great news, and very encouraging, to see the British Museum joining the DPC. This significantly increases our profile in the museum sector and I look forward to welcoming many others following the example set “.

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Your Coalition Needs You: Sub-Committees and Finance Director

Added on 3 November 2015

The DPC is owned and run for its members. We need to understand members needs and need to be accountable to them.

Our working assumption has always been that the Board, constituted from our full members, ensures we are responsive and transparent. On that basis our programme and our membership have expanded substantially in recent years. It’s a success but we are aware that complexity challenges transparency and makes it harder for us to understand your needs. So the Board has approved a plan to change how we do things. We want your help with two things…

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Digital Preservation Handbook Update, October 2015

Added on 2 November 2015

Originally published in 2001 as a paper edition, ‘Preservation and Management of Digital Materials: a Handbook’ was the first attempt in the UK to synthesise the diverse and burgeoning sources of advice on digital preservation. Demand was so great that in 2002, a free online edition of the Handbook was published by the newly established Digital Preservation Coalition.

After more than a decade, in which digital preservation has been transformed, the Handbook remains among the most heavily used area of the DPC website.

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The Digital Preservation Coalition welcomes a new full member

Added on 29 October 2015

The DPC is delighted to announce that a major international humanitarian agency has joined as a full member. Membership of the DPC will assist in their aim of ensuring both reliable and long-term access to records for and about refugees and displaced people globally.

The announcement can be found here (members only, login required).

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California Polytechnic State University invites participation in a study entitled "Software Preservation for Cultural Heritage”

Added on 29 October 2015

California Polytechnic State University invites participation in a study entitled "Software Preservation for Cultural Heritage”, which is part of an IMLS-funded project to establish a Software Preservation Network. The study aims to better understand cultural heritage practices and experiences surrounding long-term preservation and access to digital primary resources stored in proprietary file formats.

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Registration opens for 'How much metadata is too much (and how little is too little)? Belfast 3rd December

Added on 28 October 2015

DPC is delighted to invite you to: How much metadata is too much (and how little is too little)? Practical Preservation and People, December 3rd 2015, PRONI, Titanic Quarter, Belfast, BT3 9HQ

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?

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