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Virtualisation and Preservation: How cloud computing changes how we think about digital preservation

*Apologies for the poor sound quality in this recording - we are working on a new AV setup that will improve this for future sessions*

Cloud-based approaches to storage and computing are having a profound impact on how individuals and agencies interact with computing resources. Desktop software and hard disk storage which tie users to a particular location and a fixed platform are rapidly being replaced by online services in which everything is available everywhere: computing power and data storage becoming utilities to be paid for on demand. By unleashing enormous economies of scale and scope, storage capacities are transformed; computing power can adapt to need; while intricate requirements can be met with apparently infinite flexibility.

These approaches have the potential to transform preservation. The opportunities for storage whilst recognising the challenges of securing, managing and exiting cloud storage provide an obvious starting point for any archive struggling to cope with quantities of data. But the cloud is not simply about storage, providing new capabilities too, enabling more flexible responses to the preservation challenge. For example, the ability to virtualise on demand transforms the practical application of how entire computing environments can be recreated, whether by reconstructing desktops or simulating the operation of hardware. Although distinct from emulation, virtualisation via the cloud has the potential to help the preservation community overcome many of the long-standing barriers to emulation, with consequent opportunities for managing the authenticity, interdependencies and performance of digital materials. It wakes a largely dormant debate about emulation over migration and it has important implications for the capture, collection and maintenance of technical metadata.

This one-day workshop will give DPC members a chance to debate the implications of cloud computing and virtualisation for preservation. Case studies of cloud-based preservation services will be presented and consideration will be given to how the development of virtualisation services may transform preservation.

Programme

State of the art: the Cloud and Preservation in 2014

Emerging trends

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Designed to last: RIBA takes major step to preserve the nations’ digital architectural records.

Added on 21 July 2014

The British Architectural Library of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) became the latest organisation to join the Digital Preservation Coalition last week.

“As a library, museum and archive with complex historic analogue and digital collections, we create, ingest, preserve and make accessible digital objects as a core activity,” explains Dylan Evans, RIBA’s Head of Systems & Services. "Our particular areas of interest include preservation strategies for e-Journals, digital photographs, born digital architecture and electronic design records (CAD, BIM and 3-D files), audio visual materials and databases."

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Directors' Group 2014

The Chair of the Digital Preservation Coalition cordially invites…

…the British Library, Cambridge University Library, the Digital Curation Centre, JISC, Lloyds Banking Group, The National Archives, The National Records of Scotland, The National Library of Scotland, The National Library of Wales, The Open University, Oxford University Library Service, Public Records Office of Northern Ireland, Research Councils UK, the United Nations and the University of London Computer Centre…

…to send a delegates to the meeting of the DPC Directors’ Group.

The Directors’ Group provides an extended and informal networking opportunity at which staff, partners, contractors or allies of full members of the Coalition are invited to describe and discuss current, forthcoming and future digital preservation projects. It allows staff, colleagues and supporters - who might not normally attend Board meetings - to contribute directly to the Coalition’s work plan for the coming year. Recent directors’ group meetings have commissioned important DPC outputs including the Technology Watch Reports and Briefings on Digital Forensics for Preservation and Preserving eBooks and helped establish the ‘Technology Bytes’ webinar series. It encourages the development of bilateral and multi-lateral relationships among members; helps disseminate good practice; and ensures that the work of the coalition remains tied to the changing needs of the workforce.

Full members are invited to nominate up to four delegates.

Delegates can be drawn from any department, project, partnership or constituent of the institution so long as they are able to contribute to and benefit from an open discussion on digital preservation and cognate issues. Delegates will be expected to participate in a range of activities which introduce their own current and future work, which review the work of others and which help inform the work of the Coalition in the coming year. The event will be help under ‘Chatham House Rules’, therefore allowing members to share genuine challenges and present emerging tools and processes without them being reported outside. An outline programme and details of logistics are attached.

Lunch will be provided and refreshments will be available throughout the day.

Programme

1100 Tea and coffee, Directors’ Group assembles
1130 Welcome and introduction to the day
1130 Three minute mayhem*
1300 Lunch
1430 Unconference: workshop themes decided in the morning
1530 Feedback and Discussion
1600 Close
TBC Dinner for those staying for ‘Preservation and Virtualisation’ briefing day.

*‘3-minute mayhem’: a condition of attendance is that every delegation introduces themselves. Participants should come prepared with six pieces of information: ‘1.Who we are...’; ‘2 What we do well...’ 3. ‘Our next big plan is...’ 4. Our recent achievements have been ...’ 5. But we’d like help with...’ 6. ‘I’d like to hear more about …’ This will be used in an introductory session at the start of the day. Where there are multiple representatives from different agencies, it would be appropriate for each delegate to have different answers to these questions.

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The United Nations Archives and Records Management Section joins the DPC

Added on 16 July 2014

The DPC is pleased to announce that United Nations (UN) Archives and Records Management Section joined the coalition in March this year.

 “We believe it’s important for the UN to be seen to be active in digital preservation and being part of the DPC will provide the right kind support and expertise for our work to develop digital preservation capacity and capability within the UN’s Secretariat,” explains Bridget Sisk, Chief of the Archives and Records Management Section (ARMS).

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Ensuring long-term access to digital publications by ‘Preserving eBooks.’

Added on 3 July 2014

The Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) is pleased to announce the publication of the latest in its series of DPC Technology Watch Reports, Preserving eBooks this week. Written by Portico’s Amy Kirchhoff and Sheila Morrissey, and published in association with Charles Beagrie Ltd., this report discusses the current developments and issues with which public, national and higher education libraries, publishers, aggregators and preservation institutions must contend to ensure long-term access to eBook content.

Archive Services Product Manager for Portico in the USA, Amy explains that “an increasingly ‘digital native’ population with new expectations such as efficient automated search, retrieval and re-use of information, as well as cost pressures on the production and storage of new publications, have made the eBook as a mode of publication a fact on the ground for the foreseeable future.”

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The Digital Preservation Coalition welcomes the Royal Institute of British Architects as its latest associate member

Added on 1 July 2014

The British Architectural Library of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) is the latest organisation to join the Digital Preservation Coalition

“As a library, museum and archive with complex historic analogue and digital collections, we create, ingest, preserve and make accessible digital objects as a core activity,” explains Dylan Evans, RIBA’s Head of Systems & Services. “Our particular areas of interest include preservation strategies for e-Journals, digital photographs, born digital architecture and electronic design records (CAD, BIM and 3-D files), audio visual materials and databases.”

“Joining the Digital Preservation Coalition will provide us with access to specialist resources, a unique network of peer advisors, and collaborative opportunities that are essential for the Library’s promotion, preservation and developments of its important architecture and design collections,” Dylan continues.

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Digital Preservation Awards 2014: Second Call for Nominations

Added on 30 June 2014

There is just one month remaining until the Digital Preservation Awards 2014 deadline for entries on 28th July 2014, and those wishing to gain recognition for their hard work in digital preservation are encouraged to enter now!

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Virtualisation and Preservation: How cloud computing changes what we think about digital preservation: Cambridge 22nd July

Added on 30 June 2014

DPC is delighted to invite members and guests to its latest briefing day: Virtualisation and Preservation: How cloud computing changes what we think about digital preservation in Cambridge on 22nd July. 

Cloud-based approaches to storage and computing are having a profound impact on how individuals and agencies interact with computing resources.  Desktop software and hard disk storage which tie users to a particular location and a fixed platform are rapidly being replaced by online services in which everything is available everywhere: computing power and data storage becoming utilities to be paid for on demand. By unleashing enormous economies of scale and scope, storage capacities are transformed; computing power can adapt to need; while intricate requirements can be met with apparently infinite flexibility. 

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‘Investing in Opportunity: Policy Practice and Planning for a Sustainable Digital Future’ - Conference registration now open

Added on 27 June 2014

Registration is now open for the exciting two day digital preservation conference ‘Investing in Opportunity: Policy Practice and Planning for a Sustainable Digital Future’ which will take place at the Wellcome Trust in London on 17th – 18th November 2014.

Funded by the European Commission, ‘Investing in Opportunity’ is a free conference but places are limited so booking is essential to avoid disappointment. Register now.

Brought to you by the 4C project (Collaboration to Clarify the Costs of Curation) and the DPC (Digital Preservation Coalition), the conference will compare the strategic economic aspirations of funders and policy makers against the practical experience of digital preservation, including perspectives from practitioners, vendors and users of digital preservation services.  It will identify emerging best practice and will provide a forum for needs and practical requirements to be articulated. 

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DPC Consults Members about Strategic Plan 2015 Onwards

Added on 23 June 2014

The DPC is consulting members about the next iteration of its strategic plan 2015-18. A consultation document has been published for discussion at our planning day in York on 24th June.  All members are welcome to comment and contribute:

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