The DPC commits to helping members develop ‘Competent and responsive workforces ready to address the challenges of digital preservation.’

Added on 18 November 2014

As part of its new Strategic Plan for 2015 – 2018 released on Monday 17th November, the DPC will help members develop competent and responsive workforces by providing skills, training and professional development.

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Our digital memory tomorrow: winners announced for the Digital Preservation Awards 2014

Added on 18 November 2014

The winners of the prestigious Digital Preservation Awards 2014 have just been announced, at an exciting ceremony hosted by the Digital Preservation Coalition at the Wellcome Trust in London.

Created in 2004 to raise awareness about digital preservation, the Digital Preservation Awards are a prominent celebration of achievement for those people and organisations that have made significant and innovative contributions to ensuring our digital memory is accessible tomorrow.

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DPC new Strategic Plan launched for 2015-2018

Added on 18 November 2014

The Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) launched its new Strategic Plan for 2015-2018 at the 4C/DPC ‘Investing in Opportunity’ Conference at the Wellcome Trust yesterday.

“By realising its goals, the intention of the Strategic Plan is to sustain the Coalition’s vision to make our digital memory accessible tomorrow,” explains William Kilbride, Chair of the DPC.

This shared vision lies at the core of the DPC’s Strategic Plan, embodied in a new mission statement and supported by four strategic objectives.

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Digital Preservation Awards 2014

Watch the Digital Preservation Awards Ceremony, filmed live at the Wellcome Collection Conference Centre on 17th November 2014

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DPC/4C Conference - ‘Investing in Opportunity: Policy Practice and Planning for a Sustainable Digital Future’


The 4C (Collaboration to Clarify the Costs of Curation) Project and the DPC (Digital Preservation Coalition) invite you to join them for a two day conference exploring the long term value and sustainability of digital objects.

The 4C Project is an EC-funded initiative that is helping organisations across Europe to invest more effectively in digital curation and preservation. Research in digital preservation and curation has tended to emphasize the cost and complexity of the task in hand. 4C reminds us that the point of this investment is to realise a benefit, so our research must encompass related concepts such as ‘risk’, ‘value’, ‘quality’ and ‘sustainability’. In this major international conference the project will present its major findings and invite a distinguished panel of experts to review and consider the implications of their work.

Working jointly with the membership of the DPC, the conference will compare the strategic economic aspirations of funders and policy makers against the practical experience of digital preservation, including perspectives from practitioners, vendors and users of digit preservation services. It will identify emerging best practice and will provide a forum for needs and practical requirements to be articulated.

Participants will be invited to review key 4C Project deliverables, considering the implications of these resources and providing the opportunity to shape these to suit community needs before they are submitted to the European Commission. In particular participants will have a final chance to influence the soon to be published Digital Curation Roadmap.

Final Conference Programme - Days 1 and 2

Day One - Introduction and Keynote

Day One - 4C Roadmap

Day Two - Introduction and Keynote

Day Two - Curation Costs Exchange

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Prestgious International Award to DPC Founding Secretary Neil Beagrie

Added on 14 November 2014

On the eve of our own awards ceremony in London on Monday DPC is delighted to share news of a major award to the DPC's founding secretary Neil Beagrie

At a ceremony in Hollywood on 23 October 2014, the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers® (SMPTE®) awarded the 2014 SMPTE Archival Technology Medal to Neil Beagrie in recognition of his long-term contributions to the research and implementation of strategies and solutions for digital preservation.

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Digital Preservation Awards Ceremony and 4C Conference Keynotes to be Broadcast Online

Added on 12 November 2014

The ceremony for the Digital Preservation Awards 2014 (17th November 2014) and the keynote addresses from the 4C/DPC 'Investing in Opportunity' Conference (17-18th November 2014) will be broadcast online via the DPC website, so that those unable to attend do not need to miss out.

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Papers for the 12th Annual General Meeting of the DPC

Added on 11 November 2014

Papers are now available for the 12th Annual General Meeting of the Digital Preservation Coalition, to be held at 1615 on Monday 17th November in the Dale Room of the Wellcome Collection, Euston Road, London.

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Current Trends and Future Directions for Digital Imaging in Libraries and Archives


Issues of validation, compression and preservation become more important in image management as collections grow in size and complexity. On one hand compression is seen as a necessary requirement to deal with the scale of the collection on order to make preservation a practical reality, but preservation advice generally discourages compression which is seen as a preservation risk. Validation is essential for quality assurance in the development of large collections and is a necessary component in the development of a preservation plan: but adds another process in our workflows thus, adding complexity an expense. So how to compress without risking loss? How to validate without adding complexity and expense? How to preserve with limited storage capacities? Underlying these issues are developments related to JPEG2000 (JP2K). This is an open standard for the compression of images. Because it can offer visually lossless compression JP2k can have a dramatic impact on access and distribution of images. Moreover it can have a dramatic effect on storage requirements for image collections, reducing these by an order of magnitude when compared to uncompressed TIFF. Therefore it has also been proposed as an archival format, especially in the context of large scale digitisation projects.

The first part of the JP2K standard was published in 2000 and a range components have been proposed to extend the standard, such as functionality for compound image files, encryption, motion picture, conformance testing. In its complete form JP2K represents a sophisticated and flexible open standard which has considerable potential for digital libraries and archives, digitisation and digital photography. In 2008 the DPC published a seminal Technology Watch Report on the standard introducing it to the digital preservation community and encouraging the development of archival uses of JP2K. Nonetheless, uptake of the JP2K has been modest. While a small but influential set of repositories have adopted JP2K in preference to TIFF, TIFF remains the preferred choice in many repositories partly because of an intrinsic suspicion of compression among preservation specialists. The relative dearth of tools and the relative paucity of expertise have further conspired to inhibit the acceptance of JP2K in digital library workflows

This one-day workshop will bring together a range of specialist practitioners with experience of JP2K for digital libraries and digital archives. It will shed light on current and emerging practice and will enable a debate about future directions. Case studies of tools and workflows with JP2K will be presented and consideration will be given to how these developments can inform and extend preservation practice for image archives, digital photography and digitisation.

Who should come?

This briefing day will interest:

  • Collections managers, librarians, curators, archivists in memory institutions
  • CIOs and CTOs in commercial organisations with image collections and digitisation programmes
  • Vendors and developers with image management or digital preservation solutions
  • Researchers with interests e-infrastructure and digital preservation
  • Photographers working with digital imaging workflows
  • Staff and managers of digitization programmes
  • Agencies that commission or fund digitization and photography for any purpose


09.30 – 10.00 Registration, breakfast, tea and coffee (tea and coffee available all morning)

10:00 – 10:10 Welcome and introduction, Robert Kiley, Head of Digital Services at the Wellcome Library
10:10 – 10:40 A Contemporary View of Image Formats for Libraries and Archives, Robert Buckley
10:40 – 11:00 Wellcome digital library infrastructure, Tom Crane, Technical Director, Digirati
11:00 – 11:20 Oxford digital library infrastructure, Matt MacGrattan, Oxford University Library
11:20 – 11:40 The Goobi workflow system, introduction and demos, Steffen Hankiewicz, intranda GmbH
11:40 – 12:10 IIPImage and a Performance Analysis of JPEG2000 Encoding Parameters, Ruven Pillay, C2RMF, Palais du Louvre, Paris
12:10 - 12:30 Panel Q&A

12:30 – 13:15 Lunch

13.15 – 13:30 JP2 at the Wellcome Library, and survey results, Christy Henshaw, Wellcome Library
13:30 – 13:50 Analysis of the variability in digitised images compared to the distortion introduced by compression, Sean Martin
13:50 – 14:10 Jpylyzer, a validator for JP2 images, Johan van der Knijff, National Library of the Netherlands
14:10 – 14:30 Status and perspectives of OpenJPEG, an open-source JPEG 2000 reference implementation, Antonin Descampe, Université catholique de Louvain (Belgium)
14:30 – 14:50 Format selection: the bigger picture, Maureen Pennock, British Library

14:50 – 15:10 Tea and coffee

15:10 – 15:40 Panel Q&A
15:40 – 16:00 A Glance at the Future - the Image as Dr Who’s TARDIS , Simon Tanner, King’s College London
16:00 Discussion, thanks and close

Remember to tweet and follow the event using the hashtag: #digi_trends

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4C CCEx deliverable submitted: Understanding and comparing digital curation costs to support smarter investments

Added on 7 November 2014

The 4C project submitted D3.3, its ‘Curation Costs Exchange Framework’ deliverable to the European Commission this week.

“To date there have been very few opportunities and, due to trust issues, little willingness for digital curation practitioners to exchange information relating to the cost of curation. The Curation Costs Exchange (CCEx) platform allows users to upload their curation costs and compare them with those of others in a secure, controlled fashion,” explains Alex Thirifays of the Danish National Archives who collated the report.

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