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Third case note released: leadership and long term access

Added on 16 June 2010

The DPC, with help from the National Library of Wales, Portico and ULCC, and with funding from JISC, is pleased to announce the launch of the third in a series of Digital Preservation Case Notes.  The Case Notes offer straightforward examples of organisations and individuals tackling the digital preservation challenges that come from mass digitization. 

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Welsh Journals Online: Effective Leadership for a Common Goal

Sara Day Thomson

Sara Day Thomson

Last updated on 13 December 2016

Long-term access often requires co-operation from many staff. There is a risk that responsibilities are unclear. Consequently it is important that a senior member of staff is charged with delivering an organization’s digital preservation strategy.

This case note examines a complex digitisation project at the National Library of Wales from the perspective of the organisation. There are many parties with an interest in digital preservation and many different skills are required. This creates a risk which can be managed where an organisation is clear about where responsibility lies for preservation actions. The solution in this case was to nominate a single senior member of staff as the lead officer for digital preservation and allowing them to work across different sections of the institution to achieve a shared goal.


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Designed to Last: Preserving Computer Aided Design (16/07/2010, London)

Added on 11 June 2010

Registration has opened for a Members' Briefing Day entitled 'Designed to Last: Preserving Computer Aided Design' at the Conservation Centre, the British Library, London, Friday 16th July 2010. 

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Digital Preservation and the JISC Digitisation Programme

Added on 2 June 2010

JISC, the Digital Preservation Coalition, Portico and the University of London Computer Centre are pleased to announce the release of a new report investigating long term access to digitised collections.

The digital universe grew by 62% in 2009, but those adding to these resources need to think long term if they want to make best use of their public funding. Clearly stated preservation policies are essential in guaranteeing that researchers in the future will be able to access and use a digital resource, according to a new report funded by JISC. But the responsibility needs to be shared between funders, who must articulate the need for data curation, and universities, who need to implement a preservation policy for each digital collection.

The advice comes as the government announces a new 'right to data' so that government-held datasets can be requested and used by the public, and then published on a regular basis.

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Decoding the digital: DPC and BLPAC joint digital preservation workshop (London 27th July)

Added on 24 May 2010

The DPC and the British Library Preservation Advisory Centre have joined forces to offer a joint workshop to help collection managers 'Decode the Digital'.  This one day conference seeks to build on the communication between librarians, archivists, curators, conservators and digital preservation managers and establish a shared understanding of the issues surrounding the preservation of digital collections. A workshop at the British Library on 27th July will be the first of a series of planned joint training activities between the DPC and BLPAC since signing a memorandum of understanding in February this year.  There are 35 sponsored places for DPC members: non-members pay £50.  Details of the programme are online at the British Library. DPC members wishing to attend should contact us by 19th July.

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Web archiving and preservation task force completes survey of collecting policies

Added on 24 May 2010

The DPC Web Archiving and Preservation Task Force was established at the start of 2010 It identifies, examines and reviews current policy in web archiving and preservation, provides a mutually supportive environment for continued policy development for members and a mechanism through which non-members can engage with web archiving policy. In this way the Task Force will help to ensure that our generation can carve an appropriate legacy from the complexity and volatility of the web.

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Changes to membership 2010-11: a message from the Chair

Added on 24 May 2010

Changes to membership 2010-11: a message from the Chair

Dear colleagues,

I'm writing to pass on some news about DPC subscriptions in 2010-11. Our Planning Day in November initiated a wide ranging discussion on the DPC membership.  The DPC Board has now agreed a few changes that we are confident that you will welcome. We plan for them to become effective from August 2010. They aim to make the DPC more flexible, to extend our planning horizons, and to make it easier for us to articulate the benefits of membership.

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New Class of Membership for Consultants, Graduates and Sole Traders

Added on 18 May 2010

The DPC is making some changes to membership to make it easier for consultants, sole traders and recent graduates to participate in our work.  A new class of personal membership is being trialled so that individuals without an organisational affiliation apply for grants, attend specialist events, obtain priority access to publications and collaborate on work streams which have previously been restricted to institutional members. 

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Cabinet Papers: Policy as a Measure of Commitment

By Sara Day Thomson | Added on 17 May 2010

Digital preservation policies indicate whether an organization is committed to long-term access. Grant giving organizations should request copies of applicant’s digital preservation policies when funding data creation.

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Cabinet Papers: Policy as a Measure of Commitment

Sara Day Thomson

Sara Day Thomson

Last updated on 13 December 2016

Digital preservation policies indicate whether an organization is committed to long-term access. Grant giving organizations should request copies of applicant’s digital preservation policies when funding data creation.

In this case note we examine the relationship between policy and practice in digital preservation. The National Archives has digitised a significant volume of the UK's Cabinet Papers, using techniques and practices that they have developed over many years. It has considerable expertise in digital preservation. However the measure of their commitment to long term preservation is not so much their undoubted expertise so much as their carefully considered policy framework for the long term management of digital resources. Funders often ask to see policy documents in assessing grant applications: for digitisation grants, or other grants likely to create prolific amounts of new and valuable digital content, it is reasonable to assess their digital preservation policies.

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