Slides now available for 'Making Progress in Digital Preservation' Event in HSBC London, 31st October

Added on 4 November 2014

Slides from ourfirst ever 'Making Progress in Digital Preservation' event at HSBC in London on 31st October are now available online. The event was a great success and the 'experimental' format which comprised an examination of next steps addressing issues of technology and tools, resources, cost and organisation, was very well received. Many thanks to our speakers for coming and sharing their experiences with us and to our attendees for some lively discussion.

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Making Progress in Digital Preservation, London 2014

DPC, the Business Archives Council and the Archives and Records Association invite you to join them for 'Making Progress in Digital Preservation' in London on 31/10/2014.

Digital preservation – representing all the activities necessary to ensure that digital objects and data can be found, accessed and deployed beyond the limits of technological obsolescence, media failure or creator dependency – is a growing challenge for agencies and individuals in all kinds of contexts. Our generation has invested as never before in digital resources and we've done so because of the opportunity they bring. Digital collections have grown in volume, complexity and importance to the point that our children are baffled by the inefficiencies of the analogue age. Pervasive, fluid and vital: digital data is a defining feature of our age. Industry, commerce, government, law, research, health, social care, education, the creative industries, the heritage sector and private life depend on digital materials to satisfy ubiquitous information needs and expectations. But digital objects are fragile: at risk of loss, corruption or obsolescence, not to mention unlawful alteration or theft. Collection managers, IT officers, academic researchers, broadcasters, developers and industrial regulators need to ensure that the digital collections which they use and depend upon are accessible for the long-term: but training in these new skills can be hard to acquire.

For several years now the DPC an partners have offered an introductory one day workshop called 'Getting Started in Digital Preservation' which is designed to outline approaches and tools which will help organisations assess their digital preservation needs and plan their response. This has proven popular but we recognise the very great need to follow on with something which takes organisations forward in the response: from assessment into action. This new workshop 'Making Progress in Digital Preservation' is designed to meet that need. Drawing heavily on case studies, and responding to the greater subtlety required when implementing policies and plans, this workshop will examine three key areas of organisational needs: policy, resources and technology. By the end of the workshop - which will include time for networking and sharing - participants will be equipped with practical targets for implementing digital preservation, as well as guidance and tools to make those targets achievable.

This event will focus on tools and case studies most relevant to digital preservation in a commercial environment.

Presentations will help participants:

  • Understand the emerging issues in digital preservation
  • Assess institutional readiness and create an institutional preservation plan
  • Draft a digital preservation policy
  • Understand and articulate the costs and benefits of digital preservation
  • Understand the role of self-assessment and certification of third party services
  • Understand the practical implementation and limitations of available tools
  • Meet and network with others locally working in digital preservation

Who should come

This workshop will interest:

  • Collections managers, records managers, librarians and archivists in all institutions, but especially in commercial agencies
  • IT managers and chief technology officers, chief information officers in institutions or agencies with a need for long-lived data
  • Staff looking to gather or exploit 'big data' for corporate goals
  • Students and researchers in information science and related fields
  • Researchers with interests in research data management


HSBC, Client Dining Room, Level 6, 8 Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London, E14 5HQ, United Kingdom of Great Britain.


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Notice of Twelfth AGM of the DPC: London 17th November 2014

Added on 22 October 2014

DPC members, associates and personal members are hereby invited to attend the Twelfth Annual General Meeting of the Coalition in the Dale Room of the Wellcome Conference Centre, 183 Euston Road, London Nw1 2BE on Monday 17th November 2014 starting at 1615.  An agenda and other papers for the meeting will be circulated in due course and members are invited to suggest items for the Agenda by 3rd November.  The meeting will be chaired by Laura Mitchell (Chair).

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The ‘OAIS Introductory Guide (2nd Edition)’: Released as a preview for members

Added on 22 October 2014

The Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) is pleased to make the OAIS Introductory Guide (2nd Edition) Technology Watch Report available as a preview to members.Writtenby Brian Lavoie, and published in association with Charles Beagrie Ltd., the latest report in the Technology Watch series looks back at the development of formal standards for the long-term storage of digital data outlining the history, features and impact the Open Archival Information System Model (OAIS) has had on digital preservation.

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Personal Digital Archiving: Outline of a new Technology Watch Report

Added on 22 October 2014

The DPC is pleased to share with members the outline of a new Technology Watch Report which it has commissioned from Gabriela Redwine of Yale University on the topic of Personal Digital Archives.

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DPC Strategic Plan: final draft released for consultation

Added on 16 October 2014

The DPC’s current strategic plan runs out in December 2014. Many members have already contributed to consultations and drafts of the new plan which will replace it in January 2015. Formally the plan will be presented at a Board Meeting in London on the 17th November and immediately afterwards at the Annual General Meeting where members will have the chance to endorse it. Before then, members have a final opportunity for comments and corrections.  The Draft DPC Strategic Plan 2015-8 is now available online (login required). Comments are welcome from members by 1700 on 30th October.

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4C and DPC 'Investing in Opportunity' Conference - Final Programme and extra places announced

Added on 16 October 2014

Dr. Francine Berman of the Research Data Alliance and Dr. David Rosenthal of Stanford University’s LOCKSS Program head up the final programme of speakers for the upcoming ‘Investing in Opportunity’ conference on 17th – 18th November, which has been announced this week.

Presenting the keynote session on day one and opening the conference, Fran is the Hamilton Distinguished Professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a leader in digital data preservation and cyber-infrastructure. Drawing particularly from her experiences as co-Chair of the ‘’Blue Ribbon Task Force on Sustainable Digital Preservation and Access’’ which has informed a great deal of the 4C ‘Collaboration to Clarify the Costs of Curation’ project’s work, Fran is the perfect choice to introduce the day’s sessions which focus on the sustainability of digital curation.

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Archiving 2015: call for papers issued

Added on 16 October 2014

The Society for Imaging Science and Technology is pleased to announce the release of the call for papers for Archiving 2015. The conference is to be held the week of May 18th at the Getty Center in Los Angeles, California.

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DPC Offers Scholarships for the Digital Preservation Training Programme, Nov and Dec 2014

Added on 14 October 2014

The Digital Preservation Coalition is pleased to offer four fully funded scholarships to attend the upcoming 2014 instances of ULCC’s Digital Preservation Training Programme at Senate House, University of London, London; and at the Wellcome Library, London.

he 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.

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Current Trends and Future Directions for Digital Imaging in Libraries and Archives: final programme announced

Added on 9 October 2014

Robert Buckley of the National Archives of the UAE heads up the final programme of speakers for the upcoming ‘Current Trends and Future Directions for Digital Imaging in Libraries and Archives’ conference at the Wellcome Trust on 10th November, which has been announced today.

Providing his ‘Contemporary View of Image Formats for Libraries and Archives,’ Robert will set the scene for the rest of the day and introduce issues of validation, compression and preservation, which have each become more important in image management as collections grow in size and complexity. 

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