Personal Digital Archives - Consultation on New Technology Watch Report

Added on 29 August 2014

The DPC is commissioning an new title for it's Technology Watch Report series on the subject of preserving personal digital archives.  Gabriela Redwine, the report's author has prepared a draft of the outline of the report's content for consultation among DPC members.  Comments are welcome by email to info_AT_dpconline.org preferably by Monday 15th September.  Comments received after that date are still welcome.  The report will be released in 2015.

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4C Project releases Curation Costs Exchange beta - supporting smarter investments by comparing digital curation costs

Added on 11 August 2014

The 4C project is delighted to announce that the beta version of the ‘Curation Costs Exchange’ (CCEx) website has been released today.

Supporting smarter investments in digital curation by enabling knowledge transfer and cost comparisons between organisations of all types, the CCEx is an online community platform for the exchange of curation cost information.

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Out now: the Digital Preservation Coalition shares its new prospectus for 2014- 2015.

Added on 7 August 2014

Members can look forward to a host of new and returning publications, webinars, specialist briefing days and other events on a range of hot topics in digital preservation, following popular demand from members at the recent Director’s Group and Planning Day meetings.

New for 2014 – 2015, ‘Connecting the Bits’ is a member’s only networking event which promises much collaboration, sharing and learning as a result, and specialist briefing days on ‘Preservation and JPEG 2000’ and ‘Preservation Metadata’ have also been added to the bill.

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Vacancy at Tate London - Researcher, Digital Preservation

Added on 30 July 2014

Post: Researcher, Digital Preservation
Reference: TG0939
Salary / Band: 27696GBP / Senior Advisory
Department: Collection Care Research, Partnerships and Programmes
Contract: 18 months fixed-term
Hours: Full-time (with potential for part-time working)
Reporting to: Head of Collection Care Research
Location: Millbank, London

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Slides and recording are now available for 'Virtualisation and Preservation' Event in Cambridge, 22nd July

Added on 23 July 2014

Slides and the recording from our'Virtualisation and Preservation' event in Cambridge on 22nd July are now available online. We had a very enlightening day, with many interesting insights into the subject of preservation and the cloud. 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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Virtualisation and Preservation: How cloud computing changes how we think about digital preservation

*Apologies for the poor sound quality in this recording - we are working on a new AV setup that will improve this for future sessions*

Cloud-based approaches to storage and computing are having a profound impact on how individuals and agencies interact with computing resources. Desktop software and hard disk storage which tie users to a particular location and a fixed platform are rapidly being replaced by online services in which everything is available everywhere: computing power and data storage becoming utilities to be paid for on demand. By unleashing enormous economies of scale and scope, storage capacities are transformed; computing power can adapt to need; while intricate requirements can be met with apparently infinite flexibility.

These approaches have the potential to transform preservation. The opportunities for storage whilst recognising the challenges of securing, managing and exiting cloud storage provide an obvious starting point for any archive struggling to cope with quantities of data. But the cloud is not simply about storage, providing new capabilities too, enabling more flexible responses to the preservation challenge. For example, the ability to virtualise on demand transforms the practical application of how entire computing environments can be recreated, whether by reconstructing desktops or simulating the operation of hardware. Although distinct from emulation, virtualisation via the cloud has the potential to help the preservation community overcome many of the long-standing barriers to emulation, with consequent opportunities for managing the authenticity, interdependencies and performance of digital materials. It wakes a largely dormant debate about emulation over migration and it has important implications for the capture, collection and maintenance of technical metadata.

This one-day workshop will give DPC members a chance to debate the implications of cloud computing and virtualisation for preservation. Case studies of cloud-based preservation services will be presented and consideration will be given to how the development of virtualisation services may transform preservation.


State of the art: the Cloud and Preservation in 2014

Emerging trends

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Designed to last: RIBA takes major step to preserve the nations’ digital architectural records.

Added on 21 July 2014

The British Architectural Library of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) became the latest organisation to join the Digital Preservation Coalition last week.

“As a library, museum and archive with complex historic analogue and digital collections, we create, ingest, preserve and make accessible digital objects as a core activity,” explains Dylan Evans, RIBA’s Head of Systems & Services. "Our particular areas of interest include preservation strategies for e-Journals, digital photographs, born digital architecture and electronic design records (CAD, BIM and 3-D files), audio visual materials and databases."

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Directors' Group 2014

The Chair of the Digital Preservation Coalition cordially invites…

…the British Library, Cambridge University Library, the Digital Curation Centre, JISC, Lloyds Banking Group, The National Archives, The National Records of Scotland, The National Library of Scotland, The National Library of Wales, The Open University, Oxford University Library Service, Public Records Office of Northern Ireland, Research Councils UK, the United Nations and the University of London Computer Centre…

…to send a delegates to the meeting of the DPC Directors’ Group.

The Directors’ Group provides an extended and informal networking opportunity at which staff, partners, contractors or allies of full members of the Coalition are invited to describe and discuss current, forthcoming and future digital preservation projects. It allows staff, colleagues and supporters - who might not normally attend Board meetings - to contribute directly to the Coalition’s work plan for the coming year. Recent directors’ group meetings have commissioned important DPC outputs including the Technology Watch Reports and Briefings on Digital Forensics for Preservation and Preserving eBooks and helped establish the ‘Technology Bytes’ webinar series. It encourages the development of bilateral and multi-lateral relationships among members; helps disseminate good practice; and ensures that the work of the coalition remains tied to the changing needs of the workforce.

Full members are invited to nominate up to four delegates.

Delegates can be drawn from any department, project, partnership or constituent of the institution so long as they are able to contribute to and benefit from an open discussion on digital preservation and cognate issues. Delegates will be expected to participate in a range of activities which introduce their own current and future work, which review the work of others and which help inform the work of the Coalition in the coming year. The event will be help under ‘Chatham House Rules’, therefore allowing members to share genuine challenges and present emerging tools and processes without them being reported outside. An outline programme and details of logistics are attached.

Lunch will be provided and refreshments will be available throughout the day.


1100 Tea and coffee, Directors’ Group assembles
1130 Welcome and introduction to the day
1130 Three minute mayhem*
1300 Lunch
1430 Unconference: workshop themes decided in the morning
1530 Feedback and Discussion
1600 Close
TBC Dinner for those staying for ‘Preservation and Virtualisation’ briefing day.

*‘3-minute mayhem’: a condition of attendance is that every delegation introduces themselves. Participants should come prepared with six pieces of information: ‘1.Who we are...’; ‘2 What we do well...’ 3. ‘Our next big plan is...’ 4. Our recent achievements have been ...’ 5. But we’d like help with...’ 6. ‘I’d like to hear more about …’ This will be used in an introductory session at the start of the day. Where there are multiple representatives from different agencies, it would be appropriate for each delegate to have different answers to these questions.

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The United Nations Archives and Records Management Section joins the DPC

Added on 16 July 2014

The DPC is pleased to announce that United Nations (UN) Archives and Records Management Section joined the coalition in March this year.

 “We believe it’s important for the UN to be seen to be active in digital preservation and being part of the DPC will provide the right kind support and expertise for our work to develop digital preservation capacity and capability within the UN’s Secretariat,” explains Bridget Sisk, Chief of the Archives and Records Management Section (ARMS).

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Ensuring long-term access to digital publications by ‘Preserving eBooks.’

Added on 3 July 2014

The Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) is pleased to announce the publication of the latest in its series of DPC Technology Watch Reports, Preserving eBooks this week. Written by Portico’s Amy Kirchhoff and Sheila Morrissey, and published in association with Charles Beagrie Ltd., this report discusses the current developments and issues with which public, national and higher education libraries, publishers, aggregators and preservation institutions must contend to ensure long-term access to eBook content.

Archive Services Product Manager for Portico in the USA, Amy explains that “an increasingly ‘digital native’ population with new expectations such as efficient automated search, retrieval and re-use of information, as well as cost pressures on the production and storage of new publications, have made the eBook as a mode of publication a fact on the ground for the foreseeable future.”

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