DPC releases five scholarships for the Digital Preservation Training Programme

Added on 1 October 2010

The Digital Preservation Coalition Leadership Programme has awarded five more scholarships so that members can attend the Digital Preservation Training Programme (DPTP) in London in October. 

‘Evidence shows that there is a real skills gap when it comes to digital preservation and that training can be hard to find and expensive,’ explained William Kilbride of the DPC. ‘The scholarships are great news for the individuals concerned, but the real beneficiaries will be the member institutions who need to maintain and develop their workforces, often with new roles and new working patterns. A sound knowledge and expert tuition in the emerging field of digital preservation will be a significant advantage for the individuals and institutions concerned.’

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Complete shortlist for the Conservation Awards announced

Added on 23 September 2010

The Institute for Conservation are delighted to announce the complete shortlist for the 2010 Conservation Awards, including the Digital Preservation Award, sponsored by DPC.

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Digital Preservation Award 2010 Shortlist Announced

Added on 21 September 2010


Digital Preservation Award 2010: shortlist announced Vienna, 21st September 2010

The Institute for Conservation (Icon) and the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) are delighted to announce the shortlist for the fourth Digital Preservation Award 2010.

Short-listed for the Digital Preservation Award (in no particular order) are:

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New Case Note : Small Steps - Long View. How a museum service turned an oral history headache into an opportunity

Added on 15 September 2010

Glasgow Museums and the DPC, with the assistance of the JISC are delighted to announce the release of a new addition to the Digital Preservation Case Notes series.  In this case note, Glasgow Museums shows that the benefits of digital preservation can be expressed in terms of new opportunities they create in the short and long term.  Even relatively simple steps can bring early rewards if properly embedded within the mission of an organization.

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DPC Leadership programme releases scholarships for 'How to set up and run a data service' November 2010

Added on 10 September 2010

'The Digital Preservation Coalition is pleased to support three fully funded scholarships to attend 'How to set up and run a data service' at the UK Data Archive.  Applications are welcomed from DPC members and associates. The scholarship covers tuition fees, course materials, access to online resources, lunch and refreshments.  Successful applicants will be asked to help promote the course and the work of the coalition. for more information see the DPC leadership programme at: http://www.dpconline.org/training/leadership-programme

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The Alliance for Permanent Access - PARSE.Insight project

PARSE.Insight was a two-year project co-funded by the European Union under the Seventh Framework Programme. It was concerned with the preservation of digital information in science, from primary data through analysis to the final publications resulting from the research. The problem is how to safeguard this valuable digital material over time, to ensure that it is accessible, usable and understandable in future. The rapid pace of change in information technology threatens media, file formats and software with obsolescence, and changing concepts and terminology also mean that, even if data can be read, it might not be correctly interpreted by future generations.Many initiatives are already under way in this area, and the aim of the PARSE.Insight project is to develop a roadmap and recommendations for developing the e-infrastructure in order to maintain the long-term accessibility and usability of scientific digital information in Europe. The project conducted a number of surveys and in-depth case studies of different scientific disciplines and stakeholders and based its results on these findings, as well as knowledge of ongoing developments.PARSE.Insight is closely linked to the Alliance for Permanent Access to the Records of Science. The output from this project is taken forward in the APARSEN Network of Excellence. Results are also delivered to the European Commission to support them in defining a strategy for developing a sustainable research infrastructure.

Many APA members were also involved in the PARSE.Insight project.

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DPC Leadership Programme releases grants to attend DPTP in October 2010

Added on 6 August 2010

The DPC Leadership Programme is offering scholarship to attend the Digital Preservation Training Programme in London 4-6th October 2010.  The deadline for applications is 17th September.  See the DPC Leadership Programme for more details including a brief description of the course, elgibility and how to apply.

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DPC Responds to Public Records Review Consultation

Added on 4 August 2010

The DPC has responded to the consultation on the Public records review, welcoming the explicit statement that digitized and ‘born digital’ materials constitute a public record, noting and supporting the focus on informational content and the consequent need for ‘technology proofing’ and the management of formats.  The DPC has offered its assistance in identifying and resolving issues that may arise.

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Presentations from 'Decoding the Digital

Added on 3 August 2010

Presentations from the successful one day workshop 'Decoding the Digital', organised jointly between the DPC and the British Library Preservation Advisory Centre in London on the 27th July are now available online at http://www.dpconline.org/events/past-events/decoding-the-digital-a-common-language-for-preservation

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St Andrews University joins the DPC

Added on 28 July 2010

The Digital Preservation Coalition is delighted to welcome St Andrews University as its latest associate member.

Birgit Plietzsch, Arts Computing Advisor at the University explained 'Most of today's information is held in a digital format. As a University we need to ensure that digital information remains accessible for as long as required. Our current focus is on the preservation of Arts and Humanities electronic resources. Such resources are often the outcome of expensive publicly funded research projects. It is in the interest of the scholarly community within the University to ensure the data contained within these resources is preserved in the long-term.'

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