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University of Hull joins the Digital Preservation Coalition

Added on 7 February 2014

The Digital Preservation Coalition is delighted to welcome the University of Hull as its latest member.

‘Hull has made an outstanding contribution to the development of institutional repositories in the UK’, said Laura Mitchell chair of the DPC.  ‘Although they have been working in digital preservation for many years, their contributions to the ground-breaking AIMS project and Hydra tools have brought them into more direct contact with the digital preservation community lately.‘

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The Digital Preservation Coalition welcomes the University of Hull as its latest associate member

Added on 1 February 2014

The Digital Preservation Coalition is delighted to welcome the University of Hull as its latest member.

‘Hull has made an outstanding contribution to the development of institutional repositories in the UK’, said Laura Mitchell chair of the DPC. ‘Although they have been working in digital preservation for many years, their contributions to the ground-breaking AIMS project and Hydra tools have brought them into more direct contact with the digital preservation community lately.‘

‘Perhaps the most exciting element of their work is the way that are making their institutional infrastructure available for 3rd parties.’

‘Digital preservation has become very real for us in recent years’, explained Chris Awre, Head of Information Management at the University. ‘It has implications across the our repository and our archive service as well our academic interests. It’s a whole new research field in its own right and we have been fortunate to be involved in a range of innovative explorations of how to manage and preserve digital collections.

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Digital Preservation: What I Wish I Knew Before I Started 2014

ARA_TessellaThe DPC, the Archives and Records Association and Tessella are pleased to invite students and researchers in archives, records management and librarianship to a one day conference on practical workplace skills in digital preservation.Organised in partnership with the Universities of Aberystwyth, Dundee, and University College London, and with sponsorship from Tessella and the Archives and Records Association, this conference will bring a select group of leading practitioners together with the next generation of archivists, records managers and librarians to discuss the challenges of digital collections management and digital preservation. The day will open with a consideration of digital preservation basics and a scan of emerging trends in digital preservation. In the afternoon, a group of invited speakers will be invited to reflect on 'the things they wish they knew before they started', or 'what I actually do all day' giving students an advantage in their own career development and helping those who frame the curriculum a chance to extend their students' readiness for the workplace.

This conference will:

  • Provide participants with a core grounding in applied digital preservation
  • Provide an overview of emerging trends in digital preservation
  • Present practical examples of the sorts skills that employers are looking from in staff working in digital preservation
  • Present role models of practitioners whose careers have taken them to leading positions in digital preservation
  • Allow students and their tutors to question practitioners about their day-to-day work and the skills that they reply upon

This day will be of interest to:

  • Students and recent graduates in library and archive schools
  • Students and recent graduates in information management and records management
  • Tutors, lecturers and course convenors in library and archive schools, or who teach records management or information governance
  • Innovators, vendors and commentators on digital preservation and cognate fields
  • Employers seeking to understand the skills needed to operate digital preservation facilities or seeking to recruit new entrants

Programme

1030 – Registration opens.

1100 – Welcome and Introductions, including Introduction to ARA Section for Archives and Technology (Jenny Bunn)
1110 – Introduction to Digital Preservation (Sharon McMeekin)
1140 – Look to Windward (Tim Callister)
1210 – Technology Matters (Maite Braud)
1240 – Q+A

1245 - Lunch (not provided)

1400 – Welcome Back (Caroline Brown)
1405 – What I Wish I Knew Before I Started
Simon Rooks (BBC)
Adrian Brown (Parliamentary Archives)
Helen Hockx-Yu (British Library)
Dave Thompson (Wellcome)
Sharon McMeekin (DPC)
1520 – Tea and coffee available
1545 – Roundtable: working at digital preservation

1630 – Thanks and close

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The Digital Preservation Coalition welcomes Lloyds Banking Group as its latest member

Added on 1 January 2014

The Digital Preservation Coalition is delighted to welcome Lloyds Banking Group as its newest member.

‘Lloyds Banking Group Archives represents the corporate memory of the group, taking in key records for permanent preservation,’ explains Helen Redmond-Cooper, Head of Archives & Museums at Lloyds. ‘We take in records of all formats, and the recent influx of digital material has brought about the beginnings of a digital preservation programme for the Group.

’‘We are keen to use our membership of the DPC to optimise this programme by learning about best practice in digital preservation from other coalition members,’ she adds, ‘and we particularly look forward to sharing our own interests and perspectives relating to the undertaking of digital curation activities in a corporate environment.’

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DPC Welcomes Warwick University as its newest member

Added on 19 December 2013

The Digital Preservation Coalition is delighted to welcome the Modern Records Centre at the University of Warwick as its newest member.

‘The Modern Records Centre is widely respected as a centre of excellence in archival research,’ explained  William Kilbride, Executive Director of the DPC. ‘They have recently augmented their processes and procedures for digital preservation and their digital collections are growing rapidly. This will help them managing their research data, the university’s own digital archives, and also the many archives deposited from outside agencies like the Confederation of British Industry.'

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4C at the Ninth International Digital Curation Conference (IDCC)

Added on 18 December 2013

The 4C Project is hosting a workshop at the Ninth International Digital Curation Conference in San Francisco on 24 - 27 February 2014. The workshop will be a great opportunity to learn, communicate and influence. The 4C Project takes the cost of digital curation as its starting point but is necessarily interested in related questions such as the value and sustainability of digital assets and ultimately how to design curation to be as effective and efficient as possible with scarce resources available to support it. The IDCC conference is a valuable opportunity for the 4C Project and the community to examine how feasible it is to determine the cost of curating research data and to showcase and refine related work. - See more at: http://www.dcc.ac.uk/events/idcc14/workshops#sthash.ZmgOYNuq.dpuf

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The Digital Preservation Coalition welcomes CyMAL as its latest associate member

Added on 18 December 2013

The DPC is pleased to announce that the Welsh Government, through its CyMAL: Museums Archives and Libraries Wales division joined the coalition on 18th December 2013.

‘The Welsh Government is concerned with ensuring the safekeeping of Wales’ digital resources, for access now and in the future. CyMAL is the policy division which promotes and protects the culture and heritage of Wales by supporting its museums, archives and libraries,’ explains Linda Tomos, CyMAL’s Director.

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Slides now available for 'Procuring Preservation' Event at RIBA, London

Added on 17 December 2013

Slides from our'Procuring Preservation' event at RIBA, London on Friday 13th Decemberare now available online. We had a very successful day, with some very productive discussion which has helped shape the forward direction of some more DPC activities. A big thank you especially to our speakers for some thought provoking explanation and insight.

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Registration Opens for DPC Student Conference, 23rd January 2014

Added on 16 December 2013

Digital Preservation: What I Wish I Knew Before I Started, London, 23rd January

The DPC, the Archives and Records Association and Tessella are pleased to invite students and researchers in archives, records management and librarianship to a one day conference on practical workplace skills in digital preservation: http://www.dpconline.org/events/details/74-dpc-wiwik2014?xref=80

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Procuring Preservation: Writing and understanding requirements in digital preservation

Introduction

The Digital Preservation Coalition is delighted to invite members to a briefing day that will explore themes related to procuring and implementing digital preservation solutions, especially where that involves establishing and describing requirements for developers, programmers and vendors.

Digital preservation typically involves a wide range of skills and it’s unusual to find all the necessary skills in one person. Even larger organisations find it necessary to employ consultants to help them develop or deploy solutions. A new market of digital preservation tools and services is emerging into which a series of companies and not-for-profit agencies are now supplying products. The market could be characterised as a meeting between ‘problem owners’ and ‘solution providers’. But in an emerging field with rapidly changing technology and unclear requirements it can be hard for the right problem owner to find the right solution provider. This problem is exacerbated in two ways: firstly collection owners typically have limited practical experience of specifying their requirements which makes it hard – if not impossible – for developers to understand and meet their needs; secondly procurement managers – already struggling with significant budget pressures - find it hard to assess statements about the quality of solutions proposed. This can add delay and confusion in a process which is already complicated. It means that even organisations which properly understand their digital preservation needs can be frustrated in solving them, while solution providers have to meet impractical and at times nonsensical expectations.

This day-long briefing is intended to provider a neutral forum where solution providers and problem owners can talk directly and without prejudice about the challenges they face. The dialogue that results should clarify the process of requirements gathering and lower the barriers to effective procurement.

Presentations will:

  • examine requirements from the perspective of the developer and the collection owner
  • discuss procedures for procurement of preservation solutions
  • present recent case studies and good practice in the development of requirements
  • introduce and examine the range of proprietary and open source solutions for digital preservation currently available


The day will include a moderated ‘unconference’ session where technologists, procurement managers and collection owners will be free to discuss and review obstacles to procuring practical digital preservation.


Who should come?

This workshop will interest:

  • Collections managers, librarians, curators and archivists in all institutions
  • IT managers and procurement managers in memory institutions
  • Records managers in institutions with a need for long-lived data
  • CIOs and CTOs in organisations with commercial intellectual property
  • Vendors and developers with digital preservation solutions
  • Researchers with interests in research data management

Outline Programme

1000 – Registration open, tea and coffee

1015 - Webinar opens

1030 – Welcome and Introductions (William Kilbride)
1035 – Specifying Requirements: A technologists’ view (Angela Dappert)
1100 – Procuring Preservation: hoops, hurdles and processes (Susan Corrigall)
1125 – Solving problems that can be solved, and proving you have solved them: a developer’s perspective (Carl Wilson)
1150 – Discussion
1200 – Service Providers Forum:

1300 - Webinar closes

1300 – Lunch (provided)

1400 – Unconference: What I need to know about digital preservation solutions but am too scared to ask
1500 – Coffee
1530 – Next steps
1600 – Close

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