The Science Museum Group joins the Digital Preservation Coalition

Added on 13 August 2020

The Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) welcomes the Science Museum Group, as they become the newest Associate Member of the Coalition this month.

With five museums around the UK, the Science Museum Group consists of the Science Museum in London, National Railway Museum in York, National Science and Media Museum in Bradford, Locomotion in County Durham and the Science and Industry Museum in Manchester. Over several decades, the Group’s digitization programme has built up significant digital collections and the museums are increasingly having to manage born-digital content, both internally generated and acquired content.

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LAST CALL: #WeMissiPRES Call for Participation - deadline for proposals, Wed 19th August 2020

Added on 12 August 2020

#WeMissiPRES // 22nd, 23rd, 24th September 2020 // Online

The global digital preservation community is cordially invited to submit proposals for a programme of talks and presentations on 22nd, 23rd and 24th September – a celebration of iPRES and the digital preservation community.

#WeMissiPRES is online so it can facilitate contributions from around the world where distance might inhibit participation, or from early career professionals who might not normally be able to afford travel and registration fees.

All are welcome.

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How we doing?: Digital preservation assessment frameworks at the British Library

Simon Whibley

Simon Whibley

Last updated on 11 August 2020

Simon Whibley is Digital Collections Conservator at the British Library

The digital preservation community has invested a great deal of effort over the past decade into developing ways of evaluating the maturity and trustworthiness of preservation processes and services. The tools and frameworks now available to the community vary from relatively simple maturity models to highly-detailed audit standards designed to support the certification of services and organisations.

Over the past few years, the British Library and its partners have used a range of these assessment frameworks as a means of benchmarking our progress and for identifying gaps. This post will explore some of the lessons that we have learned from undertaking these assessments.

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Trends in the Use of Digital Preservation Tools

Added on 10 August 2020

More and more diverse digital material is pouring into the archives of heritage institutions, often also in large amounts. This makes automatic processing necessary. Which preservation tools are used by the digital heritage institutions? Ania Molenda, project leader of the Preservation Tools project at the Dutch Digital Heritage Network, asks this and other questions to the heritage field. She incorporated the results of her research in a report The Use of Preservation Tools among Dutch Heritage Organizations.

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Invitation to Participate in the I\V/A\V: Informal Virtual Audio Visual Summit - Library of Congress

Added on 6 August 2020

The Library of Congress will convene an informal virtual summit on September 15th, 2020 from 9am - 5pm EST. The purpose of the gathering is to share ongoing work at the Library to improve access to held sound and moving image material, and to learn from the wider community of a/v practitioners and users.

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Australian Society of Archivists joins the Digital Preservation Coalition

Added on 4 August 2020

The Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) welcomes the Australian Society of Archivists (ASA), as they become the newest Full Member of the Coalition this week.

The Australian Society of Archivists Inc. (ASA) is Australia’s peak professional body for archivists and recordkeepers. The ASA advocates on behalf of archivists, and the archival and recordkeeping profession as well as supports best practice standards and services. The ASA recognises the increasing demand for digital archival and recordkeeping skills in community organisations, corporate entities, and government, and the effective ongoing management of digital archives.

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The Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) joins the Digital Preservation Coalition

Added on 3 August 2020

The Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) is delighted to welcome AIATSIS as the newest Associate Member of the Coalition this week.

Based in Canberra Australia, AIATSIS is a national institution focused exclusively on the diverse history, cultures and heritage of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australia. With a growing collection of over 1 million items encompassing films, photographs, audio recordings, art and objects, printed and other resource materials, AIATSIS is developing, preserving and providing access to a national collection with the aim of promoting and enhancing the knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, their heritage and culture.

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Forward Together: Digital Preservation Coalition publishes 2020-2021 prospectus

Added on 3 August 2020

The Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) is delighted to share its new program of activities for the coming year. Commissioned by Members from around the world as part of the DPC’s ‘Connecting the Bits’ annual consultation, including for the first time the new Australasia and Asia-Pacific Stakeholder Group, the prospectus outlines the DPC’s plan for 2020-2021. Focused on the priority digital preservation topics Members have specified, the prospectus includes publications, training, webinars, specialist briefings, as well as a range of exciting new activities and resources.

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