Episode Three of the Web Archiving & Preservation Webinar Series in now open for registration

Added on 24 January 2020

The DPC is delighted to announce registration is now open for the webinar 'Integrating Web Archives into Existing Collections'. This webinar is the third episode of the Web Archiving & Preservation Webinar Series for DPC Members and Supporters and will take place on 20 February 2020 at 14:00 GMT. 

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That water cooler moment…

Sarah Middleton

Sarah Middleton

Last updated on 24 January 2020

This time last year, in January 2019, we were about to hold our first DPC Members Lounge. It is an idea we had been toying with for a while… we wanted to provide an opportunity for members to get together and chat informally, without an agenda and just on the topics that were at the front of their minds at that time, kind of like you might around…say… a water cooler?

Often the best ideas come when you give yourself a break, have a chat and let the conversation go whichever way it takes you.

And so the monthly Members Lounge was born (we called it that for want of a better name and because we couldn’t quite replicate a water cooler. A little imagination is required).

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DPC opens new office in Melbourne, Australia

Added on 22 January 2020

The Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) has started 2020 with the opening of a new office, at the University of Melbourne. This presence will enable improved access to the DPC’s programme of activities for members and digital preservation practitioners across the southern hemisphere; helping support, represent and amplify the work of a very active digital preservation community in the region, as well as enabling institutions at all stages of maturity in the digital preservation journey.

The initiative is the result of a strategic partnership between DPC and the University of Melbourne, and the office will be staffed by Jaye Weatherburn who has been seconded to the DPC.

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Vacancy for Projects and Policy Officer at DANS

30 January 2020

The Hague

€4,274 per month gross

Fixed Term

Amy Currie joins the DPC Staff as Training Officer

Added on 21 January 2020

Amy currieThe Digital Preservation Coalition is delighted to welcome Amy Currie to its staff, in the role of Training Officer.

Amy will manage training and skills services for members, covering the work of Sharon McMeekin – the DPC’s Head of Workforce Development - as she delivers the Novice to Ninja project with colleagues from The UK National Archives.

“Amy will help us continue to provide opportunities for our members to acquire, develop and retain competent and responsive workforces that are ready to address the challenges of digital preservation,” explains Sharon. “We’re very pleased to have her on board!”

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Novice to Ninja: The UK National Archives and DPC to deliver online digital preservation training

Added on 21 January 2020

The National Archives in the UK and the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) are collaborating in a project called ‘Novice to Ninja’, which will make online digital preservation training available to practitioners around the world later this year. The project is part of The National Archives’ new digital capacity building strategy, ‘Plugged In, Powered Up’.

Researched, developed and tested by experts within the digital preservation community, the Novice to Ninja training will be practically focused, aiming to equip learners with the skills required to implement a simple and proactive digital preservation workflow within their organization.

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Vacancy for Innovation Specialist at the Library of Congress

31 January 2020

Washington DC, USA

$86,335 to $112,240 p/a


Registration Now Open - For Your Eyes Only: Scalable Approaches to Identifying, Managing, and Securing Sensitive or Restricted Information

Added on 20 January 2020

The DPC is delighted to announce registration is now open for the Briefing Day 'For Your Eyes Only: Scalable Approaches to Identifying, Managing, and Securing Sensitive or Restricted Information' on the 2 April 2020 in Salford.

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Nothing About Us Without Us

William Kilbride

William Kilbride

Last updated on 22 January 2020

I was asked recently to sketch out some thoughts about archives and artificial intelligence. I am drawn to the topic as usual but with little real clue of where to start, so my point of departure is a comment on ethics. I have no real mandate to frame the ethical tone for what should be a very important debate, but if we don’t start here – if we put technology first – then there’s every possibility that we will end in the wrong place, either through sterile solutionizing, or worse by selling the whole farm to obscure, unaccountable and deeply unattractive corporate interests.

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Web Archiving & Preservation Working Group: Social Media & Complex Content

This event is now fully booked. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to add your name to the waitlist.


This special installment of the Web Archiving & Preservation Working Group (WAPWG) will provide an opportunity for delegates to hear from experts on the capture and preservation of social media and complex web content. Guest speakers will address overarching trends in archiving this content, such as approaches and tools. Other guest speakers will present case studies that demonstrate the value of this content and how it can be captured and preserved in a way that is meaningful and usable. These talks from invited experts will generate discussion among delegates about how these issues are important to their institutions, their collections, and their users.

This meeting of the WAPWG is open to the community. General registration will open after a period of priority registration for DPC Members.


Remote Joining (DPC Members & Supporters only)

For DPC Members unable to attend in-person, the meeting will be accessible via Zoom using the following joining instructions:

DPC Members please log in to access instructions.


About the WAPWG

The Working Group was first formed as a Task Force in 2010 in an effort to coordinate national web archiving programmes. In recent years, however, new developments in web archiving have emerged and many more organisations have turned their attention to their own institutional requirements for managing and archiving their web records and collections.

'Web Archives' span a wide range of content types and describe many different types of information – from official government web records to large Twitter datasets for research. The revived Working Group aims to provide a forum for members to address all the diverse issues that arise when archiving web content for different purposes, with different audiences in mind.

Aiming to hold 2 to 3 in-person meetings each year, the Working Group's agenda items will be flexible to the needs of the membership and reflect issues as they arise. It is expected that attending organisations – as well as the delegates from those organisations – will vary depending on the topics on the agenda. All meetings will be open to all DPC members, regardless of previous participation.

Please send suggested agenda items to sara[dot]thomson[at]dpconline[dot]org.


Who Should Come?

Delegates from any institution currently archiving web content or planning to archive web content. This might include:

  • Web archivists or curators with responsibility for selecting, managing, and preserving web content
  • Archivists or curators who include, or are looking to include, web content as part of collections
  • Librarians, research support and research data and information specialists who support researchers and institutions using web content and web-based data
  • Records managers who include, or are looking to include, web content as part of corporate records
  • IT specialists or software developers building, or looking to build, support for the collection and preservation of web content
  • Managers, directors, and policy-makers responsible for fulfilling institutional mandates and policies for preserving web content



10.00 Registration, Tea & Coffee
10.30 Meeting Opens & Introduction by Chair, Sara Day Thomson (DPC)
10.45 Overview of Complex Web & Social Media Preservation by Sara Day Thomson
11.05 Overview of Collecting Approach to Complex Publications by Giulia Rossi (Curator of Digital Publications, British Library)
11.25 Case Study: Web Collections in Museums by Karin de Wild (Digital Fellow, One by One: building digitally confident museums, University of Leicester, National Museums of Scotland)
1145 Q&A
12.00 Lunch
12.45 Case Study: Defining and Capturing Web-based Interactive Fiction by Lynda Clark (Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Innovation in Games and Media Enterprise, University of Dundee)
13.15 Case Study: Twitter Data for Social Science Research and Twitter Attribute Exercise by Luke Sloan (Deputy Director, Social Data Science Lab, University of Cardiff)
COSMOS Twitter Archiving Tool Demo  (legacy version - new version to be released soon!)
13.45 Q&A
14.00 Ethical Approaches to Archiving Social Media: an Intro by Sara Day Thomson
14.15 Small Group Activity

Ethical Deliberation: To Archive Twitter or Not to Archive Twitter

In small groups, delegates will be assigned propositions regarding the ethical viability of archiving Twitter data. These assigned propositions will represent approaches that crystallize the ethical conflicts that arise from the practice of capturing this valuable - yet potentially sensitive - user-generated data. Each group must develop a set of arguments to defend their assigned proposition and then share their arguments with the whole group at the end. All delegates will then anonymously vote for the most persuasively argued proposition using Mentimeter.

The arguments put forward by each group are not intended to reflect the actual views of any participating delegates or their organisations. Rather, the activity encourages abstract, critical exploration of difficult issues among fellow practitioners.

15.00 Feedback to Big Group
15.45 Remaining Items, Actions, & Next Steps
16.00 Close


How to register?

This event is free and open to all after a period of priority registration for DPC Members and DPC Supporters. General registration will open Monday 18 November. Each institution may register 1 delegate in the first instance. If seats are still available one week before the event, institutions may register an additional delegate. If you register and cannot make it, please let us know no later than Wednesday 8 January.

Waitlist enquiries should go to Sara Day Thomson at sara[dot]thomson[at]dpconline.org.

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