Preserving Email Briefing Day - Registration Opens for Members

Added on 10 June 2011

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

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Revisiting Archival Principles from a digital preservation viewpoint - a joint event with DPC and the AIMS project

The AIMS Project, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, brings together the Universities of Hull, Virginia, Stanford, and Yale. The partners are processing and preserving a total of 13 born-digital collections, in doing so we hope to develop a common framework and good practice guidelines that can be adopted and applied by other organisations.The session will introduce the AIMS model but the idea is not to seek external review of the model at this stage but to facilitate discussion with a core group of practitioners to look at three core aspects:

  • collection management
  • arrangement and description
  • discovery and access

A series of brief presentations from invited speakers will then be followed by open discussion amongst the delegates about practical issues that could range from working with depositors, using and integrating 3rd party tools, born digital archives workflow and other aspects. With no previous experience of born-digital archives prior to the project we sought to apply traditional archival theories and principles from managing paper archives to the born-digital material. The day will revisit the professional principles - not to question them but to look at them from a born-digital archives perspective.The day will provide a forum for a core group of digital preservation experts to discuss issues and opportunities with colleagues. We hope that delegates will bring insight and experiences, both good and bad, and leave with new ideas to consider.

Who should come?

The sessions are aimed at practitioners in all sectors and in all sizes of institution who are currently active in the field of digital preservation.  It is expected that all delegates will actively contribute to the discussion and debate that will follow the brief presentations from speakers.

Draft Programme Outline

1030       Welcome - Dr William Kilbride, DPC

1035       The Aims Project approach and Model - Judy Burg & Simon Wilson, AIMS Project, Hull University Archives

11.15       Break

11.30     Collection Development & Accessioning

1) Extending collecting policies to include born-digital archives - Chris Hilton and Natalie Walters, Wellcome Library

2) Changing nature of the relationship with depositors - Elinor Robinson, LSE

12.30    Lunch

13.15     Arrangement & Description

3) Cataloguing hybrid collections - Susan Thomas, Bodleian Library

4) Presenting hybrid collections - Jeremy John, British Library

14.15      Break

14.30    Discovery & Access

5) Discovery and access - Tim Gollins, The National Archives

6) Use and impact - Catherine Hardman, The Archaeology Data Service

15.30     Drawing it all together – the sum of all the parts Judy Burg, Archivist, University of Hull

16.00     Close

Further notes on the event can be found on the AIMS website here.

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Two new staff join the DPC

Added on 2 June 2011

The Digital Preservation Coalition is delighted to announce that Angela Dappert and Sharon McMeekin will be joining the DPC as Special Project Officers.

‘People are often surprised to discover that the DPC achieves so much with such a small staff complement,’ explained Richard Ovenden, Chair of the DPC.  ‘Appointing two new staff means a 100% increase in staff and a radical expansion in the benefits we can deliver to members. It’s a really exciting development for the Coalition.’

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Digital Forensics for Preservation: Registration Open for Members

Added on 31 May 2011

Members' Registration has just opened for the DPC Members' Briefing day on Digital Forensics for Preservation in Oxford on 28th June.

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Comments welcome on Draft Oultine of Sound and Vision Report

Added on 27 May 2011

The DPC is seeking comments from members on the Draft Oultine of a proposed technology watch report on the Subject of Preserving Deigital Sound and Vision to be written by Richard Wright of the BBC.  A key requirement of these reports is that they meet the needs of DPC members so all comments are welcome, preferably by 1200 on Thursday 2nd June 2011.  The outline draft of the report on preserving email is also still available online and we thank members who have already commented on it.

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Aligning National Approaches to Digital Preservation

Added on 27 May 2011

On 23rd-25th May 2011 the Estonian National Library, Library of Congress and the Educopia Institute hosted a conference to discuss alignment of digital preservation strategies.  120 delegates attended from Europe, North America, Australia and various parts of Asia.  WK attended on behalf of the DPC. 

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EC Digital Preservation Research 2013 onwards

Added on 27 May 2011

The DPC was invited to attend a workshop in Luxembourg at the start of May to help the European Commission establish priorities for digital preservation research from 2013 onwards under the next Framework programme.

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Data for Life: Digital Preservation for Health Studies



Part of the DATUM for Health project; conducted by Northumbria University and funded by JISC

Flexible and timely access to information has the potential to transform professional practice and research in health studies and related disciplines, but the promise can only be delivered if we can overcome the threats of obsolescence. A decade of research and development has begun to make available the sorts of robust tools, techniques and services which our generation will need to ensure that our digital memory is accessible tomorrow. But the capacity to deliver long term access remains focussed in the hands of a small number of information specialists. This skills shortage presents a key strategic challenge to the delivery of fundamental services for medicine, health, wellbeing, and related sectors where research data is highly confidential and may need to be retained for long periods of time. Ethical, legislative and economic imperatives mean that thoughtful but rapid development in robust research data management policies and services will be required over the next decade. Research data management skills are badly needed so that new entrants into the health and medical professions are prepared for the rapidly changing requirements of the information age.

This DPC briefing day is intended to introduce key concepts of digital preservation to students and information managers working in the health and wellbeing sectors. It will provide a forum to review and debate the latest development in the preservation of digital qualitative research data in the health field and it will initiate a discussion on how the necessary skills can most effectively be developed. Based on commentary and case studies from leaders in the field, participants will be presented with emerging tools and technologies and will be encouraged to propose and debate the future for these developments. The day will include a discussion of:

  • Effective management of qualitative data in health
  • Emerging tools and services for long term access to research data
  • Research data management: policy and practice
  • Practical research data management skills for health professionals

Who should come?

  • Research and taught postgraduate students in health and related disciplines
  • Managers and funders of research projects in health and related disciplines
  • Repository managers providing access to publications and data in health
  • Tools developers and policy makers in digital preservation
  • Innovators and researchers that provide digital services to the health sector
  • Vendors and providers of information management services

Finalized Programme

(download programme for the day - pdf 269kb)

1030 Registration and Coffee

1100 Welcome and Introductions: Prof Julie McLeod, Northumbria University (Datum for Health Project)

1110 Digital preservation and long term access: challenges, opportunities, approaches and tools, William Kilbride, DPC

1135 Managing qualitative data, Louise Corti, UK Data Archive, University of Essex

1200 Managing qualitative data for health research: A researcher’s experiences, John Given, Researcher in narrative studies in health

1225 The challenges of digital preservation at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Victoria Cranna, London School of Hygience and Tropical Medicine

1250 Questions

1300 Lunch

1345 Data - manage it, make the most of it! Prof Charlotte Clarke, Associate Dean (Research), School of Health, Community and Education Studies, Northumbria University

1400 Strategic view of research data management for Higher Education, Dr Simon Hodson, JISC

14.25 Managing qualitative data for health research: A case study, Ruth Sanders, The Health Experiences Research Group, University of Oxford

1450 Tea and coffee

1505 The Challenges of Digital Preservation in a Changing Environment, Andrew Pitt, Pfizer

1530 Roundtable: what is to be done, why and by whom? Chair by Julie McLeod with Charlotte Clarke, Louise Corti, Simon Hodson, William Kilbride, other speakers, etc.

1600 Close

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Special offer to DPC members to attend 'ICE' Forum, London 29th June

Added on 20 May 2011

 JISC is encouraging DPC members to attend the ICE - International Curation Education - Forum in London on 29th June.  This event will be to provide an international meeting place for educators, trainers, students and practitioners of digital curation to: discuss, evaluate, swap knowledge, and potentially improve practice around:effective curricula and course design; production of advice and guidance materials (beginner, intermediate and expert); and the creation and use of textbooks and scholarly material. While this event will focus on sharing information about the latest developments in digital curation teaching and training it will also be of interest to anyone wishing to learn more about the range of resources available to help practitioners improve their curation skills.

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DPC and Charles Beagrie Limited to collaborate on new Technology Watch Series

Added on 20 May 2011

The Digital Preservation Coalition and Charles Beagrie Limited are delighted to announce a collaboration to produce 5 new DPC Technology Watch Reports. The collaboration follows a DPC call for proposals issued in December last year and selection of Charles Beagrie Limited as the preferred bidder.

The collaboration will produce a series of 5 Technology Watch Reports over the next 12 months under the general supervision of an editorial board and Neil Beagrie as principal investigator and commissioning editor. The 5 proposed reports and their authors are as follows:

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