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The Digital Preservation Coalition welcomes National Archives of Ireland as its latest associate member

Added on 14 September 2015

The National Archives of Ireland has today joined the Digital Preservation Coalition. The DPC is an advocate and catalyst for digital preservation, enabling its members to deliver resilient long-term access to content and services, and helping them derive enduring value from digital collections. The core mission of the National Archives is to collect, manage, and preserve the public record of Ireland and ensure its long term availability as a research resource and to underpin citizens’ rights. The long term availability of the public record demonstrates transparency and accountability in the democratic process.

Speaking today, John McDonough, the Director of the National Archives noted that ‘Joining the DPC will enable the National Archives to address matters such as the capture, curation and preservation of the public record which is increasingly generated in electronic format. The National Archives will be able to leverage experience, technical knowledge and policy development from amongst the members of the DPC. Membership of the DPC will ensure the National Archives is better placed to meet the significant challenges it faces in this area.’

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Fear of the executables: who is going to preserve software in the UK?

Paul Wheatley

Paul Wheatley

Last updated on 30 January 2017

I was reminded this week about the issue of software preservation from a couple of different quarters. First by a slightly random twitter conversation about reading lists, and secondly by the latest blog post from David Rosenthal. The former took me back to one of the first pieces of digital preservation literature I ever read. It was originally recommended to me by former colleague, friend and mentor, David Holdsworth. It helped me to really understand, for the first time, what the challenges of preserving digital stuff were all about. It's a short piece in the Computer Conservation Society bulletin called "The Problems of Software Conservation" by Doron Swade. It delves into what it means to preserve something interactive, where the function is (largely) more important than the physical form. Looking back, what strikes me about this writing is the date of publication. 1993. Despite many advances in digital preservation, so much so that someone touting the existence of a digital dark age provokes a backlash, we still haven't nailed the software preservation problem 22 years later.

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General registration is now open for Preserving Social Media: Briefing Day

Added on 2 September 2015

A reminder that general registration is now open for Preserving Social Media: Briefing Day on 27th October at the Wellcome Collection in London. General registration is now open until 20th October 2015 at 17:00. Spaces are limited so please register early to reserve your place. The DPC and UK Data Service invite you to join our Briefing Day on Preserving Social Media. The Briefing Day will bring together practitioners who work with social media data across multiple sectors, including social sciences, data science, journalism, archives, libraries, and research data management. The Briefing Day will also launch the Technology Watch Report developed from the 12-month study as part of the ESRC’s ‘Big Data Network’ programme. The Briefing Day and report provide an overview of archiving social media and the accompanying challenges posed by forms of big data. The content generated by social media users provides valuable data for a range of sectors, from government bodies to media outlets to academic researchers in the social sciences and other data-centric disciplines.

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E-ARK Project and Partners Seek Feedback on Version 2.0 of SIARD Format

Added on 2 September 2015

The E-ARK project and partners are seeking feedback on the latest version of a very important database archiving specification: the SIARD file format version 2.0. SIARD stands for Software Independent Archival of Relational Databases, and is an extension of the standard eCH-0165 for the SIARD Format version 1.0. The format was developed by the Swiss Federal Archives, and is a normative description of a file format for the long-term preservation of relational databases. Version 2.0 has been developed jointly by the Swiss Federal Archives, the Swiss Koordinationsstelle für die dauerhafte Archivierung elektronischer Unterlagen (KOST) and the EU project E-ARK .

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Taking the Long View: International Perspectives on E-Journal Archiving - Programme Now Available

Added on 20 August 2015

A One Day International Conference at the University of Edinburgh, hosted by EDINA and the ISSN IC

7th September 2015
9:00 – 17:00

Speakers Include:

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DCC, DPC and ULCC Launch 'Digital Archiving and Preservation Training Needs Survey'

Added on 5 August 2015

The Digital Curation Centre (DCC), Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) and University of London Computer Centre (ULCC) kindly invite you to complete the 'Digital Archiving & Preservation Training Needs Survey' - http://bit.ly/DPTSurv.

All three organisations have a long history of working collaboratively with the aim of promoting best practice and providing training and advice for an ever growing international workforce, faced with the issue of long-term preservation and sustainability of born digital content.

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DPC Offers Scholarships to Members for DPTP - The Practice of Digital Preservation, 21-23 Sep, London

Added on 30 July 2015

The Digital Preservation Coalition is pleased to offer two fully funded scholarships to attend the upcoming September 2015 instance of ULCC’s intermediate level Digital Preservation Training Programme – The Practice of Digital Preservation at Senate House, University of London, London.

The Digital Preservation Training Programme (DPTP) is designed for all those working in institutional information management who are grappling with fundamental issues of digital preservation. It has recently been redesigned and is now offered as two separate courses: an introductory course and an intermediate course.  The two scholarships offered in this call are for the 3-day intermediate level course.

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Registration Open for Making Progress in Digital Preservation, 15th September, London

Added on 23 July 2015

The Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) is delighted to invite you to join us for a workshop at the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists, London, on 15th September 2015 which will equip collection managers, archivists, librarians and conservators with the skills necessary for ‘Making Progress in Digital Preservation.’

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Upcoming International Conference on E-Journal Archiving at the University of Edinburgh

Added on 22 July 2015

Registration Open for Taking the Long View: International Perspectives on E-Journal Archiving

September 7th 2015, University of Edinburgh

An international conference organised as part of the Jisc-supported Keepers Extra project, 'Taking the Long View' brings together international archiving agencies, representatives of national libraries from around the world, and research libraries and consortia to exchange knowledge, share ideas and discuss requirements for potential global collaboration to increase preservation coverage and tackle the 'long tail'.

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Society for Imaging Science and Technology have issued a call for papers

Added on 21 July 2015

The Society for Imaging Science and Technology have issued a call for papers for their upcoming ‘Archiving 2016’ conference to be held in April 2016. The conference presents the latest research results on digitization and curation, provides a forum to explore new strategies and policies, and reports on successful projects that can serve as benchmarks in the field.
Prospective authors are invited to submit original work for presentation at the 2016 conference in any technical areas relating to the following proposed topics:

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