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DPC Annual General Meeting 2010 - Agenda Released

Added on 18 November 2010

The Eighth Annual General Meeting of the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) will be held at 15.00 on Wednesday the 1st of December 2010 in the Starr Auditorium, Tate Modern, Bankside,London SE1 9TG. The meeting is expected to end at approximately 1600 when tea and coffeewill be served.

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JPEG 2000 for the Practitioner

Simon Chaplin opens 'JPEG2000 for the Practitioner'Introduction

A free seminar to explore and examine the use of JPEG 2000 in the cultural heritage industry was held at the Wellcome Trust. The seminar included specific case studies of JPEG 2000 use. It examined technical issues that have an impact on practical implementation of the format, and explored the context of how and why organisations have chosen to use JPEG 2000. Although the seminar had an emphasis on digitisation and digital libraries, the papers are relevent to a range of research and creative industries. Places were limited to 80 attendees and papers are now available online. 

Christy Henshaw of the Wellcome Library has written a short report of the event.

This event was hosted by the JPEG 2000 Implementation Working Group and the Wellcome Library with assistance from the DPC. 

Programme and Presentations

09:00  Registration, coffee

10:00 Welcome and Introduction Christy Henshaw Chair of JP2K-UK and Simon Chaplin, Wellcome Library, 

Morning session Chair: William Kilbride, Executive Director, Digital Preservation Coalition

10:10 What did JPEG 2000 ever do for us? [pdf] Simon Tanner, Director, Kings Digital Consultancy Service

10:40 JPEG 2000 standardization - a pragmatic viewpoint [pdf] Richard Clark, UK head of delegation to JPEG and MD of Elysium Ltd.

11:10 JPEG 2000 profiles Three short presentations moderated by Sean Martin, Head of Architecture and Development, British Library

(see also chart comparing different profiles from institutions [pdf])

-Sean Martin, British Library JPEG 2000 profile [pdf]

-Christy Henshaw, Wellcome Library JPEG 2000 profile [link]

-Bedřich Vychodil, JPEG 2000 Specification of the National Library of the Czech Republic [pdf]

12:10 IIPImage and OldMapsOnline Petr Zabicka, Head of R&D, Moravian Library, Czech Republic

12:40 LUNCH

Early afternoon session Chair: Simon Tanner, Director, Kings Digital Consultancy Service

13:40 JP2K for preservation and access, experiences from the National Library of Norway [pdf] Svein Arne Brygfjeld, National Library of Norway

14:10 Practical usage of JP2 files with presentational web interface [link] Sasa Mutic, General Director, Geneza and Ivo Iossiger, General Director, 4DigitalBooks, Switzerland

14:40 JPEG 2000 for long-term preservation in practice: problems, challenges and possible solutions [pdf] Johan van der Knijff, Koninklijke Bibliotheek (NL)

15:10 Coffee

Late afternoon session Chair: Dave Thompson, Digital Curator, The Wellcome Librray 

15:40 Delivering High-Resolution JPEG2000 Images and Documents over the Internet [pdf] Gary Hodkinson, MD of Luratech Ltd.

16:10 Pros and Cons of JPEG 2000 for video archiving Katty Van Mele, IntoPIX

16:40 Questions and discussion Moderated by Ben Gilbert, Photographer, Wellcome Library

17:10 Concluding remarks

(Programme as a PDF)

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Practical Preservation: West Yorkshire Archive Service accepts a digital collection

By Sara Day Thomson | Added on 28 October 2010

Nobody has the perfect answer to digital preservation for every case. If we try we may fail; if we don’t try we will certainly fail.

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Practical Preservation: West Yorkshire Archive Service accepts a digital collection

Sara Day Thomson

Sara Day Thomson

Last updated on 13 December 2016

Nobody has the perfect answer to digital preservation for every case. If we try we may fail; if we don’t try we will certainly fail.

Digital Preservation can be intimidating for organizations which have previously been used to managing and collecting paper archives. In this case note, staff from West Yorkshire Archives Service report on their experience in taking their first large digital archive. This made them confront new problems and new ways of working, they conclude that If we try we may fail; if we don’t try we will certainly fail.


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Small Steps - Long View: how a museum service turned an oral history headache into an opportunity

By Sara Day Thomson | Added on 27 October 2010

The benefits of digital preservation can be expressed in terms of new opportunities they create in the short and long term. Even relatively simple steps can bring early rewards if properly embedded within the mission of an organization.

Read more on the Blog.

Small Steps - Long View: how a museum service turned an oral history headache into an opportunity

Sara Day Thomson

Sara Day Thomson

Last updated on 13 December 2016

The benefits of digital preservation can be expressed in terms of new opportunities they create in the short and long term. Even relatively simple steps can bring early rewards if properly embedded within the mission of an organization.

This case note examines Glasgow Museums' approach to its large and growing digital collections. It describes how some simple steps in addressing digital preservation have created short and long term opportunities for the museums. They used some very traditional simple and well know approaches - creating an inventory, assessing significance and promoting access - as the basis for building confidence to manage the wider challenges they face.


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New Case Note Released: practical preservation at West Yorkshire Archive Service

Added on 27 October 2010

The DPC, JISC and West Yorkshire Archive Service are delighted to announce the release of a new digital preservation case note which examines the practical problems of digital preservation faced by West Yorkshire Archive Service as they negotiated and received their first large digital collection.  They conclude that although digital preservation can seem daunting and although nobody has the perfect answer to digital preservation for every case, that if we try we may fail but if we do nothing we certainly will.

The case note will be released at the end of October: a member's preview of the Case Note is available here (login required).

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Board Meeting and AGM, 1st December, London

Added on 26 October 2010

The next DPC Board Meeting will take place in the Director's Room at Tate Britain, Millbank, London on 1st December 2010 starting at 1200.  The AGM will follow at 1500 in the Board Room at Tate Britain.

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DPC releases five scholarships for the Digital Preservation Training Programme

Added on 1 October 2010

The Digital Preservation Coalition Leadership Programme has awarded five more scholarships so that members can attend the Digital Preservation Training Programme (DPTP) in London in October. 

‘Evidence shows that there is a real skills gap when it comes to digital preservation and that training can be hard to find and expensive,’ explained William Kilbride of the DPC. ‘The scholarships are great news for the individuals concerned, but the real beneficiaries will be the member institutions who need to maintain and develop their workforces, often with new roles and new working patterns. A sound knowledge and expert tuition in the emerging field of digital preservation will be a significant advantage for the individuals and institutions concerned.’

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Preserving Email: Directions and Perspectives

Email is arguably the most ubiquitous, inexorable and voluminous manifestation of information technology. It is a defining characteristic of our age and a critical element in all manner of communications and transactions. Industry and commerce depend upon email; families and friendships are sustained by email; government and economies rely upon email; communities are created and strengthened by email.  It is sometimes hard to remember how we functioned before the widespread adoption of email in public and private life. But for all the importance of email and the transactions it supports, it is surprisingly absent from much of the digital preservation literature.  Institutions, organizations and individuals have a considerable investment and in many cases statutory requirements to safeguard large collections of email, so there ought to be a strong body of experience and clear workflows to follow.  So why is there so little detailed advice available?

To some extent email encapsulates many of the core challenges of digital preservation.  It would be simple to preserve if it were not for the infinite variety of attachments that go with it; it would be simple to preserve if we could eliminate all the duplicates and spam; if we could remove all the personal details; if we could resolve the copyright issues; if we could resolve access and security barriers. These and other subtle, complex demands mean that the relatively simple proposition of preserving our collected digital correspondence can be blighted by interminable wrangling over procedure, policy and technology.  Nonetheless the preservation of email creates a readily understood basis to engage with the widest possible audience with digital preservation.  It provides a pervasive environment for innovation and assessment of digital preservation tools and services.  It will be a necessary component to ensure our digital memory is accessible tomorrow.

This DPC briefing day will provide a forum for members to review and debate the latest developments in the preservation of email. Based on commentary and case studies from leaders in the field, participants will be presented with emerging policies, tools and technologies and will be encouraged to propose and debate new directions for research.  The day will include a discussion of key topics such as:

  • lifecycle management of email
  • Ingest, documentation and accession of email archives
  • Emerging tools and policies for preservation of email

Who should come?

This day will be of interest to:

  • Collections manager, librarians, archivists in all institutions
  • Tools developers and policy makers in digital preservation
  • Innovators and researchers in information policy and management
  • Innovators and researchers in computing science
  • Vendors and providers of email services

Draft Programme Outline

1030      Registration and Coffee

1100      Welcome and introductions (William Kilbride, DPC)

1105      The Nature of the Problem (Chris Prom, University of Illinois)

1135      Why preserving email is harder than it sounds - theory and practice (Stephen Howard, Information Management Officer, the United Nations)

1205      Receiving and managing email archives at the Bodleian Libraries - a case study (Susan Thomas, Bodleian Libraries)

1235      Discussion and questions

1245      Lunch

1330      Email management: 15 wasted years and counting (Steve Bailey, JISC InfoNet)

1355      Past, present and future in email preservation: practical experience and future directions (Maureen Pennock, British Library)

1420      Emerging tools for email preservation (Tom Jackson, Loughborough University)

1445      Discussion and questions

1500      Coffee

1515      Discussion and panel (led by Tim Gollins, TNA)

By 1600 Close

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