Technology Bytes Webinar: Nir Sherwinter from Ex Libris

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Recording from DPC Briefing Day 'Preserving eBooks' with Sheila Morrissey now available

Added on 14 May 2014

The recording of Sheila Morrissey's opening session from our hugely successful briefing day on 'Preserving eBooks' is now available for members to view online. Members can watch the recording of Sheila's keynote address in the members area of the DPC website using their login. 

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Recording from DPC 'Technology Bytes' with Martin Springell from Preservica now available

Added on 14 May 2014

The recording from the latest in our series of DPC 'Technology Bytes: Tools and Services for Digital Preservation in Bite-Sized Chunks' with Martin Springell from Preservica is now available. Members can watch the recording of Martin's presentation in the members area of the DPC website using their login. 

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Preserving eBooks

 The production, distribution and consumption of books have been transformed in the last decade: the technologies that support the book trade have been revolutionised; new entrants into the market suddenly enjoy a dominant position; readers’ expectations of how and what they consume have altered; and the boundaries between books and other types of media are no longer clear. New formats, new expectations about ownership and rapid changes in the underlying economics of the industry each create significant preservation risks. The ‘facts on the ground’ already challenge the ways that memory institutions have historically cared for published content, while rapid innovation means that those who preserve eBooks need to respond adroitly to unseen processes largely outside their control. Although there is much to learn from eJournal preservation, the reality of eBook production is that of a much larger and much more diverse market where processes are less well understood and in which the potential for loss is considerably greater.

The DPC has commissioned a Technology Watch Report to review the distinctive problems of eBook preservation. This day-long briefing will give DPC members a preview of the report and provide a forum for those interested in the topic to discuss the issues with colleagues and representatives of the publishing industry. As well as introducing the latest thinking on eBook preservation, it will look to emerging trends in the publishing industry, helping participants adapt their responses for the long term.


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Preserving eBooks: members' preview of new Technology Watch Report

Added on 11 May 2014

DPC is delighted to give members a preview of its latest Technology Watch Report: Preserving eBook by Amy Kirchhoff and Sheila Morrissey of Portico.

‘There are some serious preservation risks associated with the formats in which eBooks are created, explained the authors.  ‘This is particularly true for proprietary formats, and those tied to a commercial vendor’s hardware platform or distribution system.’

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DPC and TNA start 2nd edition of the Digital Preservation Handbook

Added on 9 May 2014

The National Archives is working with the Digital Preservation Coalition Jisc and the British Library to update and revamp a key online resource for managing digital resources over time, The Digital Preservation Handbook. The handbook was first published in 2001 and remains heavily used by archivists and other information professionals. The National Archives and the Digital Preservation Coalition will work with expert partners over the next two years to develop the new look handbook as an interactive online resource.

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Technology Bytes Webinar: Martin Springell from Tessella / Preservica

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DPC signs memorandum to collaborate with Open Planets Foundation

Added on 6 May 2014

William Kilbride of DPC and Ed Fay of OPFThe Open Planets Foundation (OPF) and the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) are delighted to announce a new memorandum of understanding that strengthens their ongoing collaboration to tackle digital preservation challenges.

Signed by OPF Executive Director, Ed Fay, and DPC Executive Director, William Kilbride, at the DPC offices in Glasgow, the MoU commits both two organisations to share knowledge and expertise, deliver joint events, and to support the development of tools and best practices.

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Getting Started in Digital Preservation 2014 - with National Records of Scotland

The Digital Preservation Coalition, with help from partners around the UK and Ireland, are delighted to invite you to join them at workshop which will equip collection managers, archivists, librarians and conservators with the skills necessary for ‘Getting started in digital preservation’.

Digital preservation – representing all the activities necessary to ensure that digital objects and data can be found, accessed and deployed beyond the limits of technological obsolescence, media failure or creator dependency – is a growing challenge for agencies and individuals in all kinds of contexts.

Our generation has invested as never before in digital resources and we've done so because of the opportunity they bring. Digital collections have grown in volume, complexity and importance to the point that our children are baffled by the inefficiencies of the analogue age. Pervasive, fluid and vital: digital data is a defining feature of our age. Industry, commerce, government, law, research, health, social care, education, the creative industries, the heritage sector and private life depend on digital materials to satisfy ubiquitous information needs and expectations. But digital objects are fragile: at risk of loss, corruption or obsolescence, not to mention unlawful alteration or theft. Collection managers, IT officers, academic researchers, broadcasters, developers and industrial regulators need to ensure that the digital collections which they use and depend upon are accessible for the long-term: but training in these new skills can be hard to acquire.

This day-long introduction assumes no prior knowledge except a willingness to engage with digital preservation. Through a series of presentations, case studies and exercises, participants will learn how to apply techniques of assessment, risk management and planning to help secure their digital collections.

Presentations and exercises will help participants:

  • Understand the range of issues associated with digital preservation
  • Survey and characterize a digital collection
  • Undertake preliminary risk assessment to manage their own digital collections
  • Understand preservation planning and write a basic preservation plan
  • Meet and network with others locally working in digital preservation

Who should come?

These workshops will interest:

  • Collections managers, librarians, curators and archivists in all institutions
  • IT managers in memory institutions
  • Records managers in institutions with a need for long-lived data
  • CIO’s in organisations with commercial intellectual property
  • Students and researchers in information science and related fields
  • Researchers with interests in research data managementHow to register?

Programme for 'Getting Started in Digital Preservation' at St. Andrew's University - 2nd May 2014

1000 – Registration open, tea and coffee
1030 – Welcome and Introductions
1035 – Introducing digital preservation - William Kilbride, DPC
1100 – Making sense of your collection case study
1120 – Discussion
1130 – Tool demo: making sense of a collection
1140 – Risk Assessment and Digital Preservation - William Kilbride, DPC
1200 – Risk assessment exercise
1240 – Discussion
1245 – Lunch (provided)
1330 – Preservation planning case study
1350 – Preservation planning for beginners - William Kilbride
1405 – Preservation Planning exercise
1450 – Short discussion (all)
1500 – Comfort break
1515 – Next steps in digital preservation - David Underdown, The National Archives
1545 – Roundtable discussion
1600 – Close

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Technology Bytes Video on BitCurator tool is now available

Added on 30 April 2014

We're pleased to announce that the video of our recent 'Technology Bytes' Session with Porter Olson of University of Maryland discussing BitCurator is now available for DPC members online at:

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