King's College London / Wellcome Trust Survey on Digital Collections

Added on 1 August 2012

Matt Brack of King's College London and the Welcome Trust is undertaking a survey on the use and users of digital collections to find out about the current state of digital collections offered by research libraries, and their provision for the future. The survey will complement a series of interviews including one with the DPC completed at the start of August. 

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Links That Last : presentations now online

Added on 31 July 2012

Presentations from the DPC Briefing Day 'Links that Last' in Cambridge in August are now available online at:

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Cultural Heritage Online - Trusted Digital Repositories & Trusted Professionals, Florence, 11-12 December 2012

Added on 25 July 2012

DPC is supporting our colleagues in the Fondazione Rinascimento Digitale with a conference in 11-12 December 2012 in Florence on the topic of 'Trusted Digital Repositories & Trusted Professionals'

The following topics will be investigated:

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Directors' Group 2012

The Chair of the Digital Preservation Coalition cordially invites...

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

…to send a delegates to the meeting of the DPC Directors' Group, in the Strathaird Building, Lucy Cavendish College Cambridge on Friday 20th July 2012, 1030-1600


The Directors' Group ('DG') 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 to the Coalition's work plan for the coming year. 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.

Outline Programme

1030 Tea and coffee, Directors' Group assembles
1100 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

*'3-minute mayhem': a condition of attendance is that every delegation introduces themselves. Last year this was done through presentations, but this year we will attempt a different approach based on a series of networking activities. Participants should come prepared with five 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 …' 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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Links that Last

Widely-distributed, highly-volatile and tightly-integrated data streams create a particular challenge for preservation. One could be forgiven for thinking that digital preservation was principally concerned with safeguarding of self-contained packets of information that may have interdependencies but which are so carefully tucked into stand-alone files that they have a sort of independence and autonomy which ensures their integrity. This has never been the case. Nonetheless recent developments in data presentation have shown the potential that can be gained from liberating data from clumsy format wrappers and enabling retrieval and integration of individual data points. The emerging 'Linked Data' approach enables new types of interaction with and between structured data and it challenges existing paradigms of data sharing. It also challenges us to think about preservation in new ways: it creates the potential for long chains of interdependencies and it means we need to think all the more carefully about provenance and authenticity. The question arises as to whether Linked Data will simply deliver a new generation of broken links – stifling the innovation it promises and creating the conditions for new and avoidable forms of disenfranchisement.

Simultaneously, the digital preservation community has put considerable effort into the development of persistent identifiers, services that seek to ensure that essential links are not lost and that the highly distributed contexts in which information is presented are protected against the vagaries of time and obsolescence.

This briefing day will introduce the topics of persistent identifiers and linked data, discussing the practical implications of both approaches to digital preservation. It will consider the viability of services that offer persistent identifiers and what these offer in the context of preservation; it will review recent developments in linked data, considering how such data sets might be preserved; and by introducing these two parallel topics it will go on to consider whether both approaches can feasibly be linked to create a new class of robust linked data. Based on commentary and case studies from leaders in the field, participants will be encouraged to consider practical implications for their own work and new directions for research and development in the field.

The day will include discussion of key topics such as:

  • Practical experiences in persistent identifiers
  • What is linked data and why it matters
  • How might linked data be preserved
  • Emerging trends in persistent identifiers
  • Metadata and linking

Who should come?

  • Collections managers, curators and archivists in all institutions
  • Data scientists interested in presenting, accessing and safeguarding linked data
  • Tools developers and policy makers in digital preservation and data science
  • Innovators, researchers and investors in information management
  • Innovators, researchers and funders in computing science and digital preservation
  • Vendors and providers of digital preservation and continuity of business services 

Provisional Programme (details subject to change)

1030 Registration and Coffee

1100 Welcome and introductions (William Kilbride, DPC)

1105 Persistent Identifiers and Digital Preservation (Elinor Robinson, London School of Economics) [PDF 769KB]

1135 Linked data case study (Alan Danskin, British Library) [PDF 3352KB]

1205 Case study: the DataCite service (Elizabeth Newbold, DataCite)[PDF 439KB]

1235 Q+A

1245 Lunch

1345 Pragmatic Linked Data (Chris Gutteridge, Southampton University) [PDF 1156KB]

1415 Emerging trends and new research in persistent identifiers (Maurizio Lunghi, Fondazione Rinascimento Digitale) [PDF 2262KB]

1445 Linked data and preservation metadata: emerging work at the BNF (Sébastien Peyrard, Bibliothèque nationale de France)[pdf 975KB]

1515 Coffee

1545 Panel discussion: persistend identifiers, linked data and digital preservation (Chair TBC)

1645 Wrap up and thanks (William Kilbride DPC)

By 1700 Close

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Second call for Nominations: Digital Preservation Awards 2012

Added on 17 July 2012

The Digital Preservation Awards celebrate the excellence and innovation that will help to ensure our digital memory is available tomorrow. It was first awarded in 2004 as one of the Conservation Awards and it has been presented on four occasions (2004, 2005, 2007 and 2010).  2012 is the 10th anniversary of the foundation of the DPC. To mark this occasion, and in recognition of the increasing diversity of digital preservation research and activity, DPC will offer four separate prizes in 2012

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Louise Lawson (Tate) on the DPC Leadership Programme

Added on 16 July 2012

In March 2012 the DPC Leadership Programme awarded a scholarship to Louise Lawson of Tate so that she could attend the Digital Futures Academy in London.  In this short interview Louise reflects on the scholarship and how, having started work as a conservator, she has since found herself working in digital preservation.

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Outline of new report 'Preserving Computer-Aided Design' released

Added on 12 July 2012

The DPC, with assistance of colleagues in the Digital Curation Centre, is delighted to announce that the outline of a new report 'Preserving Computer-Aided Design' has now been released to members.  This report, which will be written by Alex Ball of UKOLN and the Digital Curation Centre at the University of Bath will provide a guide to current developments, practical and emerging issues which organisations are facing in preserving computer-aided design (CAD) models. 

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DPC and Workforce Development: New Video Released

Added on 9 July 2012

DPC has today released the first in a series of short videos where we follow up with recipients of grants from our Leadership Programme. Six short videos will be released over the next 6 weeks.  The first short video introduces the programme and asks candidates to summarise how grants from the DPC have impacted on their own career development.

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Technology Watch Report on Web Archving - Outline finalized

Added on 19 June 2012

The schedule and outline for a new DPC Technology Watch Report on Web Archiving is now available for consultation by members.  The full report is due for publication at the start of 2013. To see the outline, you first need to login or register, then download the outline.

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