Practical Tools for Digital Preservation: Registration Opens for DPC/OPF Hack-a-hon, York September

Added on 26 July 2011

Practical Tools for Digital Preservation: A hack-a-thon, York 27-29 September

The Open Planets Foundation and the Digital Preservation Coalition invite you to a hack-a-thon at the DPC office in York 27th-29th September.

This ‘hack-a-thon’ is designed to bridge the gap between collections owners and developers in the development of practical tools for preservation. It will provide a forum for practical problem solving. It will help collection owners to articulate their requirements in ways that developers can address; and will help developers respond more precisely to the needs of a community hungry for solutions.

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Outline of Digital Forensics report now available online

Added on 20 July 2011

Thanks to all who commented online on the draft outline of the Technology Watch Report on Digital Forensics for Preservation to be authored by Jeremy Leighton John of the British Library and also to those who provided direct feedback at the forensics briefing day in Oxford at the end of June.

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Server Maintenance to DPC Website Monday 1600, 11th July

Added on 8 July 2011

The server platform which hosts the DPC website will be undergoing maintenance from 1600 on Monday 11th July, expected to last two hours. 

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Technology Watch Reports: New Editorial Board Announced

Added on 8 July 2011

The DPC is delighted to announce its new Editorial Board for its popular Technology Watch Reports series.  The Editorial Board, which  provides strategic direction to the series and makes sure that each report is focussed on the needs of DPC members,  consists of Neil Beagrie (Series Editor), Janet Delve (University of Portsmouth), Sarah Higgins (Archives and Records Association), Tim Keefe (Trinity College Dublin Library), Andrew McHugh (DCC), Dave Thompson (Wellcome Library) and will be chaired by William Kilbride (DPC)

The DPC established a Technology Watch Report series in 2002 and since then it has been one of the Coalition’s most enduring contributions to the wider digital preservation community. They exist to provide authoritative support and foresight to those engaged with digital preservation or having to tackle digital preservation problems for the first time. These publications support members work forces, they identify disseminate and discuss best practice and they lower the barriers to participation in digital preservation.

Each report analyses a particular topic pertinent to digital preservation and presents an evaluation of workable solutions, a review of potential or emerging solutions and posits solutions that might be appropriate for different contexts. The reports are written by leaders-in-the-field and are peer-reviewed prior to publication. Each report includes a ‘key message’ précis of not more than 50 words and explicitly identifies its target audience.


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Directors' Group 2011

The Chair of the Digital Preservation Coalition cordially invites …

…The Bodleian Libraries, The British Library, Cambridge University Library, Council for Museums Libraries and Archives (MLA), Creative Scotland, The Digital Curation Centre, JISC, The National Archives, The National Archives of Scotland, the National Library of Scotland, Public Records Office of Northern Ireland, Research Councils UK, Research Libraries UK, University of London Computer Centre …

… to send delegates to the meeting of the DPC Directors’ Group, at the Oxford Spires Four Pillars Hotel, Abingdon Road, Oxford (OX1 4PS), on 27th June 2010, 1030-1600

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 to the Coalition’s work plan for the coming year. 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 three delegates. Delegates can be drawn from any department, project, partnership or constituent of the Board Member’s 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 present a brief and discursive summary of current and future work. Following a recommendation at previous meeting 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.

Draft Programme Outline (subject to changes)

10.30 Tea, Coffee, Directors' Group Assembles

11:00 Welcome and introduction to the day

11:10 Keynote Speaker: Nick Appleyard, Head of Digital, Technology Strategy Board

11:40 Five minute mayhem*

12:45 Lunch

14:00 Dragon's Den: the DPC strategic Plan**

15:00 Feedback and discussion

15:30 Tea and coffee

16:00 Close

*In the ‘5-minute mayhem’: all the participants and their interests in digital preservation will be introduced. A condition of attendance is that everyone present introduces themselves and that one member of each delegation provides a five minute presentation consisting of five slides entitled: ‘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...’

**In the Dragon’s Den session, the group will be presented with strategic plan for the DPC for 2012-4. They will be invited to select the bits they like, reject the bits they don’t like, and propose new items. At the end all of the proposals will be discussed and the results will be presented to the DPC board.

About the Keynote: Nick Appleyard

nickappleyardNick is responsible for the Technology Strategy Board's strategies and programmes relating to digital services and the internet.

Nick graduated in physics from Cambridge University in 1989, and followed a PhD in Birmingham with an academic career spanning superfluid helium and quantum electronic devices. He joined the new Technology Strategy Board in July 2007 as Lead Technologist for Electronics, Photonics and Electrical Systems, and became Head of the new Digital department in April 2010.

We are living through an explosion in the availability of information, which is profoundly changing how we live our lives and run our businesses. To stimulate economic growth from the complex landscape of services, the needs of their users, and the digital infrastructure that supports them, the UK needs a consistent vision and a coordinated strategy, so that businesses can work together and learn from each others’ expertise. The Technology Strategy Board is the UK government’s innovation agency. Our activities range from Knowledge Transfer Networks, where businesses find information and partners, through to support mechanisms such as Research and Development project funding. During 2010 we are also investing in a Digital Test Bed for the free use of UK businesses. This will become a window onto the future of the internet, where new business models and technologies can be tested in front of thousands of real users, building market understanding and investment confidence to the benefit of UK businesses and their customers.

‘DG 11’ and Briefing Day Logistics

This event will have a maximum capacity of 50 delegates so we strong recomment that you register early. The last DG meeting was very popular and we expect this one will fill quickly. Even so there may be some spare places so you may wish to consider nominating additional delegates for inclusion on a reserve list. Please confirm your delegations by 20th June so that we can distribute any spare places in a timely fashion.

'DG11' precedes the DPC briefing on Digital Forensics which will be held in The Oxford Centre, Banbury Road, Oxford the following day. Participants staying in Oxford on the evening of 27th June are invited to take advantage of a discounted block booking for accommodation (please book directly with the Oxford Spires Hotel: 01865 324 324 with the reference ‘59829’. N.B These rooms are available until 23 May 2011).

If you would like to join us for dinner and punting on the river close to the hotel on the 27th please let us know at the time of booking. Early expressions of interest in dinner and punting are welcome in order to avoid disappointment and so that we may make appropriate arrangements in good time.

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Digital Preservation for Forensics

As digital resources grow in scale, complexity and importance so the task of making sense of collections becomes more involved.  It can be a significant challenge to retrieve, assess and access digital data even when they are thoughtfully arranged and their context is well understood.  In an increasing number of cases, however, archives, memory institutions and researchers in all kinds of settings find themselves with the challenge of managing, preserving and interpreting collections with only limited provenance and description.  Laptops, hard disks and mobile phones now hold those original manuscripts and working notes that fascinate and inform readers and historians alike.  The digital jumble of modern life conceals collections of great value; the feint and muddled traces of relationships lie buried beneath the surface; an invisible and ephemeral confusion of bits and bytes witness transactions and connections not obvious to the naked eye.   Little wonder then that archivists, collections managers and researchers are increasingly turning to forensics to make sense of collections.  Tools and methods originally developed for the detection and detention of criminals provide a basis for a new kind of analytical collection management.  But skills are short and tools are developing quickly.  How do we preserve and protect this data?  How do we protect the reputations of depositors, researchers and ourselves?

Digital forensics lie at the intersection of many of the core challenges of digital collections management, especially for those collecting institutions that deal in the papers and correspondence of personal and public life.  How do we cope with the growing scale and complexity?  How do forensics relate to more familiar concepts like cataloguing and characterisation? How can we make our workflows more efficient and our collections more manageable? What tools do we need for discovery and what are the limits of reasonable deployment? What advice should we give to depositors and what restrictions might we put on users?

This DPC briefing day will provide a forum for members to review and debate the latest development in the use of digital forensics for preservation. 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 discussion of key topics such as:
  • Digital archives and mobile devices
  • Tools for e-discovery
  • Integration of forensics with preservation workflows
  • The practical, ethical and reasonable limits of forensic enquiry

Who should come?

This day will be of interest to:

  • Collections managers, curators and 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 digital preservation services

Draft Programme Outline

1030       Registration and Coffee

1100       Welcome and introductions (William Kilbride, DPC)

1105       The nature of the problem, (Jeremy Leighton John, British Library)

1135      e-discovery and Sense-Making: Tools, Techniques and Processes (Simon Attfield, Middlesex University)

1200       Mobile forensics: A case study (Brad Glisson, HATII, University of Glasgow)

1225       The Stanford Forensics Lab: A Case Study (Michael Olson, Stanford University)

1250       Question and answer

1300       Lunch

1345       Trends and tools 1 (Gareth Knight, CERch, King's College London)

1410       Trends and tools 2 (Kam Woods, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

1435       Question and answer

1445       Coffee

1500       Panel session and discussion: the practical and reasonable limits of forensics (TBC)

1550       Wrap up (William Kilbride, DPC)

By 1600 Close

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Comments Welcome on Draft Outline of report on Digital Forensics for Preservation

Added on 24 June 2011

The DPC is seeking comments from members on the Draft Oultine of a proposed technology watch report on the Subject of Digital Forensics for Preservation to be written by Jeremy Leighton John of the British Library.  A key requirement of these reports is that they meet the needs of DPC members so all comments are welcome, preferably by 1200 on Friday 1st July 2011.  Updated and finalised outines of our reports on Preserving Email by Chris Prom at the University of Illinois and Preserving Digital Sound and Vision by Richard Wright of the BBC have now been uploaded after earlier consultations

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Preserving Email, London 29th July: Registration is Open!

Added on 20 June 2011

Registration has just opened for the DPC Members' Briefing day on Preserving Email: Directions and Perspectives in London on 29th July.

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? 

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PrestoCentre Training Course 2011

Added on 17 June 2011

As part of its Professional Development Training Series PrestoCentre will be organising a course in "Long-Term Audiovisual Digital Preservation: Strategy, Planning & Tools". To be held in Paris and Bry-sur-Marne, France from 12-16 September 2011. Participants on the course include large audiovisual archives, service providers and technology providers.

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DigCurV Project survey: Digital Preservation Training in Europe

Added on 15 June 2011

Vilnius University Library is carrying out a survey of training opportunities in digital curation and long-term preservation within Europe and internationally as part of the DigCurV (Digital Curator Vocational Education Europe) project. Vilnius University Library would like to find out about the training opportunities available for digital curators in libraries, archives, museums and cultural heritage sector and would appreciate your help. By completing an online questionnaire:

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