#DPConnect - September Update

Added on 9 September 2020

#DPConnect has provided an ongoing, online presence at regular intervals each day as a way of connecting the global digital preservation community as we have continued to work in isolation.

As the DPC staff prepares for #WeMissiPres, the Digital Preservation Awards and World Digital Preservation Day, we will continue our break from captaining the #DPConnect sessions but encourage members of the digital preservation community to keep meeting and connecting in our absence!

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DPC Awards 2020

Laura Molloy

Laura Molloy

Last updated on 8 September 2020

Laura Molloy is the Senior Researcher Lead at CODATA.

Digital Preservation Awards season is upon us!  Celebrating excellence in maintaining our digital legacy, the Digital Preservation Awards take place every two years and I’m delighted to be one of this year’s judges.

Digital preservation is a compelling research area as well as the technological bedrock of data infrastructure, and as such the resources and community of the Digital Preservation Coalition are invaluable resources for my work here at CODATA.

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Oxford Common File Layout (OCFL) v1.0

The Oxford Common File Layout (OCFL) initiative began as a discussion among digital repository practitioners about the ideal layout and characteristics for a repository’s persisted objects. The need for a common layout grew out of a lack of commonality in the way objects are stored by repositories. It has since grown into an open community effort defining an application-independent way of storing versioned digital objects with a focus on long-term digital preservation. The OCFL represents a specification of the community’s collective recommendations, addressing five primary requirements:

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DiAGRAM (the Digital Archiving Graphical Risk Assessment Model created by the Safeguarding the Nation’s Digital Memory project)

DiAGRAM is a probabilistic model of digital preservation risk, and online tool that the archivist can use as part of their preservation planning.

Firstly, some context. Digital archives have a crucial role keeping evidence for future generations – never more important than during and in the aftermath of a global pandemic. Today, the digital archivist is confronted by a sharp increase in the amount of data they need to preserve, against the backdrop of rapid technological change, and budgetary pressures. The challenge for the archivist is to translate their finite resources into maximum benefit, interms of managing and mitigating digital preservation risk.

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Levels of Born-Digital Access

Access is foundational to digital preservation. Access is the primary mechanism by which an archive meets its responsibility to its user community. As one of the six functional entities defined by the OAIS Reference Model, access is a common denominator across all institutions regardless of their size, resources, or collection types. Yet, in spite ofthe central role that the access function plays, there is little agreement about what access to digital material should look like in practice or how it might be implemented from institution to institution. The DLF Born-Digital Archives Working Group (BDAWG) sought to address and fill this gap by creating the Levels of Born-Digital Access (LBDA) -- a set of clear benchmarks and practical guidelines supporting access to born-digital materials.

Levels of BD Access OSF screenshot

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Dutch Digital Heritage Network

DDHN NominationDPA 2020 DDHN Logo Marcel RasThe strength of a Network lies in the network itself. Dozens of heritage institutions, research institutes, partnerships and knowledge organisations from various domains in the Netherlands are currently collaborating in the Dutch Digital Heritage Network (DDHN) to set up a system of national facilities to make our digital memory more visible, usable and sustainable. This partnership network is open to all interested organisations across the entire heritage and research field. As the DDHN is a network, there is no legal status and no membership fee involved. Institute participation is based on taking responsibilities and becoming part of an national movement.

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NED: National edeposit service for Australia

What is NED?

National edeposit (NED) as a service was conceived in response to the complexity of Australia’s legal deposit system. It was built as a collaboration between Australia’s national, state and territory libraries – the nine members of NSLA.

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NDSA Levels of Digital Preservation Revision Project

NDSA transparent background Carol KussmannThe Levels of Digital Preservation (LoDP or Levels) was first released in 2013 and became a foundational set of practices in the field, used by organizations across the globe. Members of the NDSA Coordinating Committee met in February 2018 to discuss coordinating the disparate attempts to update the 2013 Levels. Based on community feedback, this group proposed including additional materials and guidance resources alongside the revision.

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#WeMissiPRES is open for registration!

Added on 3 September 2020

Registration is now open for the online #WeMissiPRES event on 22nd, 23rd and 24th September 2020!

About #WeMissiPRES

#WeMissiPRES is a celebration which brings the global digital preservation community together until we can meet again in person. This programme of talks and presentations is a chance to make sure all the hard work done this year is not lost. A chance to share and celebrate the amazing achievements of the digital preservation community in this most unusual year.

We will be meeting online. All are welcome.

The program encompasses three half-days of online conversation and debate using Zoom. The timings of each half-day have been optimised for different time-zones around the world. This event will take place in English.

See the #WeMissiPRES program in full

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Digital Archives Traineeships from The National Archives

30 September 2020


£14,150 - £17,888

Fixed Term

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