Digital Preservation Awards 2020 Finalists Announced: International Council on Archives Award for Collaboration & Co-operation

Added on 14 September 2020

The first set of finalists for the prestigious Digital Preservation Awards 2020 is revealed today, with three exceptional projects being recognised for their collaborative achievements!

Laura Molloy, Senior Research Lead at CODATA and Chair of the judging panel, said:

"Once again this year, the standard of applications was excellent.  We were delighted to receive more nominations than ever before, and to welcome more projects from across the globe for consideration.  The judges have had an enormous - and enjoyable - challenge deciding on a set of finalists.  We are very excited to share these with the rest of the community now and look forward to celebrating this excellent work in digital preservation through the Digital Preservation Awards."

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Digital Preservation Awards 2020: The Finalists

Finalists for the International Council on Archives (ICA) Award for Collaboration and Co-operation are (in no particular order):


Finalists for the Software Sustainability Institute (SSI) Award for Research and Innovation are (in no particular order):


Finalists for the Dutch Digital Heritage Network (DDHN) Award for Teaching and Communications are (in no particular order):


Finalists for The National Records of Scotland Award for the Most Distinguished Student Work are (in no particular order):


Finalists for The National Archives Award for Safeguarding the Digital Legacy are (in no particular order):


Finalists for The DPC Award for the Most Outstanding Digital Preservation Initiative in Commerce, Industry and the Third sector are (in no particular order):


The DPC Member vote opens later today, Wednesday 16th September!


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UNHCR Records and Archives


Since 1996 UNHCR has preserved critical digital information[i] about situations that have shaped our world and it continues to do so. Faced with the largest refugee crisis the world has ever seen, UNHCR has a mandate to protect some of the most vulnerable in our global society – refugees, the internally displaced and stateless. This includes the preservation of its records and archives. 

[i] In 1996 UNHCR RAS started to preserve email

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A new way of sharing nursing history – Royal College of Nursing member and public digital archives

The purpose of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) member digital archive is to provide members and staff with exclusive access to designated resources within the RCN digital archive.

Since 2017 the RCN archive team have been using Preservica digital preservation software to manage, preserve and provide access to born-digital and digitised material. Staff have access to their own records within this cloud-based archive using the Preservica Explorer dashboard. Making use of Preservica’s Universal Access module (a Wordpress product), selected records have also been available to view freely online since 2018 on the public RCN digital archive. However, we have been restricted in what we can make public by GDPR and the need to provide added value to the members who fund our service. Technology didn’t seem to support a way to provide members with that added value service.

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Amplifying change: A history of the Atlantic Philanthropies on the island of Ireland

The Digital Repository of Ireland (DRI) is a trusted Digital Repository (TDR) for the preservation, curation, and dissemination of Ireland’s humanities, social sciences, and cultural heritage data. The Rare and Manuscript Collections (RMC) is Cornell University’s primary repository of rare books, manuscripts, and archival materials and it houses the recent donation of the Atlantic Philanthropies complete business archives. DRI and RMC are jointly nominating ‘Amplifying change’, an international and cross-sector collaborative project.

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UK Web Archive: celebrating 15 years

The UK Web Archive (UKWA) is led by the British Library, and works collaboratively across the 6 UK Legal Deposit Libraries: the National Library of Scotland, the National Library of Wales, the Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford, Cambridge University Library, the library of Trinity College Dublin and the British Library. In May 2020, UKWA celebrated 15 years since making its first collections available publicly online.

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Preserving the League of Nations digital archives

100 years of multilateralism

Created in 1919, the League of Nations (LON) was the first international organization with a view to develop cooperation among nations and to guarantee them peace and security. In 1920, the League established its seat in Geneva.

The LON archives (1920-1946) are a critical resource to those examining the development of multilateral diplomacy and international relations. The past 20 years have seen an explosion of use of the archives in a range of international historical research and a significant reevaluation of the League itself.

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Digital Records Curation Programme

Over a five year period, an international team of volunteers has developed the Digital Records Curation Programme (DRCP), a set of materials that aims to translate technical digital preservation know-how into easy to use resources for teaching new generations of digital archivists. Responding to calls from African members of the ICA for support in developing university level curricula for digital preservation, the DRCP is an initiative of the ICA’s Africa Programme, which began in 2015.

digital records curation 1

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Spanish Language Webinars Program in sound and audiovisual digital preservation

The Spanish Language Webinars Program in Digital Preservation of Sound and Audiovisual Archives is an alternative to the lack of training programs and documentation in Spanish in the field of sound and audiovisual archives in the Ibero-American region. The curriculum provides attendees useful and practical information about the management and care of digital archives to minimize the risk of loss of sound and audiovisual collections in the region. This initiative is part of the objectives for Red Iberoamericana de Preservación Digital de Archivos Sonoros y Audiovisuales / Ibero-American Network forIbero-American Network forDigital Preservation of Sound and Audiovisual Archives (RIPDASA), to widely share knowledge and professional experiences ofresearchers and experts in the preservation field. We leverage technology and our common language to reach professionals of all levels and organizations of all kinds and sizes. The program’s core principles are based on the fact that methods, standards, and practices used in most developed countries may not apply in our regional context. We believe that through the opportunity to share our own experiences we are able to build a support network that will ultimately facilitate communication and collaboration.

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Creating Environmentally Sustainable Digital Preservation

In 2017, Keith Pendergrass, Walker Sampson, Tessa Walsh, and Laura Alagna began researching the environmental impacts of digital preservation, building on previous efforts in the field that focused primarily on electricity use. We found that digital preservation’s use of information and communication technology (ICT) results in significant environmental impacts from the ICT component life cycle—raw material extraction, refining, manufacture, shipping, use, and disposal. Although technological advances are improving ICT efficiency, the rapid growth of digital acquisitions and our standard practice of intensive management of digital objects overwhelm these efficiencies and undermine ongoing environmental sustainability. By contributing to the climate and other environmental crises, the cumulative impact of digital preservation efforts everywhere will have a deleterious effect on preserving key resources anywhere, eroding the profession’s ability to acquire, maintain, and provide access to valuable digital materials. Therefore, to ensure the continued success of our profession’s efforts to secure our digital legacy, we sought to significantly reduce the full life-cycle environmental impacts of digital preservation practice.

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