Recording from DPC 'Technology Bytes' with Matthew Addis from Arkivum now available

Added on 4 April 2014

The recording from the first in our series of DPC 'Technology Bytes: Tools and Services for Digital Preservation in Bite-Sized Chunks' with Matthew Addis from Arkivum is now available. Members can watch the recording and download the slides and notes from Matthew's presentation in the members area of the DPC website using their login. 

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Getting Started in Digital Preservation 2014 - with The National Archives

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.

Dates for your Diary:

  • 4th April 2014, The National Archives, Kew
  • 2nd May 2014, University of St Andrews

More dates to follow shortly

New for 2014 - this workshop builds on the very popular 'Getting Started in Digital Preservation' series from 2013. This year, we'll be inviting participants back to a second event called 'Making Progress in Digital Preservation' which will aim to help them to overcome the practical and technical obstacles that inhibit or constrain the deployment of digital preservation tools.

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

Slides from 'Getting Started in Digital Preservation' at The National Archives, Kew - 4th April 2014

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Week-long courses available with ICPSR Summer Programme and the University of Essex

Added on 24 March 2014

The Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) Summer Program, a unit of the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan, is offering a week-long course this year focused on curating and managing research data:

Curating and Managing Research Data for Re-use, July 28th - August 1st, 2014 - http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/icpsrweb/sumprog/courses/0149

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The Digital Preservation Coalition welcomes the United Nations as its latest full member

Added on 21 March 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).

ARMS acquires, preserves, and makes available material created or received during all UN business, ensuring that historically significant records are made available for a variety of research uses, including teaching purposes, legal proceedings, building plans, publications, television and radio programs.

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'Technology Bytes: Tools and Services for Digital Preservation in Bite-Sized Chunks' - Session two now open for member registration

Added on 19 March 2014

Following the success of the hugely popular event 'Procuring Preservation: Writing and Understanding Requirements in Digital Preservation ' in December 2013, the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) is pleased to invite members to a series of 'Technology Bytes' webinars over the coming months, offering a deeper dive into the various tools and technologies available within the marketplace.

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Last few places remaining for 'Technology Bytes: Tools and Services for Digital Preservation in Bite-Sized Chunks' with Matthew Addis from Arkivum

Added on 19 March 2014

Registration closes today for the first in the series of the DPC’s ‘Technology Bytes: Tools and Services for Digital Preservation in Bite-Sized Chunks’ Webinar Series. The first session, which will be brought to us by Matthew Addis from Arkivum, will take place on Wednesday 26th March at 1pm.

Following the success of our hugely popular event 'Procuring Preservation: Writing and Understanding Requirements in Digital Preservation' in December 2013, the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) is pleased to invite members only to this webinar series where vendors and tool developers will present the tools they currently support and their plans for the future.

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Hydra Camp and Hydra Symposium 8-11 April, Trinity College Dublin

Added on 17 March 2014

The University of Hull and Trinity College Dublin invite fellow DPC members to the forthcoming Hydra Europe Symposium and HydraCamp Europe event, taking place in April at Trinity College, Dublin.  Details and booking information can be found at the links below.

Hydra offers a core repository solution which can be adapted to meet different needs.  It is open source software released under the Apache 2.0 licence, originally developed by the Hydra Project.  The Project now has 21 Partners and a wide range of users internationally working together as a community to add to Hydra's capability.  The events will showcase European work with Hydra and how the community can support local implementation.  In brief, the events will address the following themes.

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Survey on Social Media and Archives

Added on 13 March 2014

Archive staff at the University of St Andrews are looking for input from DPC members who look after literary collections within their archive, or who look after personal collections of individuals.

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Digital Preservation Coalition at Jisc Digital Festival 2014

Added on 11 March 2014

The Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) is on stand 19 at Jisc Digital Festival 2014 which starts today for two days, 11th – 12th March, at Birmingham International Conference Centre.

The festival will showcase and celebrate the very best in UK digital talent by bringing together experts and providers from the higher education, further education and skills sectors to share ideas and best practice. The DPC’s stand 19 will provide an opportunity for members and non-members to discuss their digital preservation work, and receive practical ideas, tips and resources to take away and use within their institutions.

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