Signed, Sealed, Delivered - Working on the DP Handbook 3.0

Sharon McMeekin

Sharon McMeekin

Last updated on 29 March 2019

After the launch of the 2nd edition, one of our key goals for the Digital Preservation Handbook was for it be a dynamic resource. It would be updated regularly and keep pace with developments in the community. With this in mind I was appointed ‘Managing Editor’ afHandbookHometer Neil Beagrie completed his sterling work developing the 2nd Edition.

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Member's Lounge

DPC Members are invited to drop-in for one hour of open discussion on a range of digital preservation themes.

In order to accommodate members around the world, and different time zones, the Member's Lounge will vary its opening times each month. Following this session, the Member's Lounge will reopen on April 2019, at 12:00 GMT.

Discussion topics and resources

In this months Member's Lounge we talked about:

  • Maturity modelling
  • Review of Presering Augmented and Virtual Reality Briefing Day
  • Cloud storage
  • Checksums
  • Preserving email
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The 'Capstone' email appraisal approach

Alexander Roberts

Alexander Roberts

Last updated on 2 April 2019

Alexander Roberts is Digital Humanities Manager/Research Data Manager at Swansea University and attended iPRES2018 with support from the DPC's Leadership Programme which is generously funded by DPC Supporters

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Welcome to my second blog post relating to themes and projects which sparked my imagination as a result of attending iPres2018, the international digital preservation conference, last September in Boston, USA. As I mentioned in my previous blog post discussing Denmark’s national digital preservation legislation, I am looking backwards in reflecting on takeaways from iPres2018, whilst very much looking forward to what iPres2019 has to offer.

In this two-part post, I will briefly discuss the history that led to the creation of the 'Capstone' email appraisal approach, which I first learned about during a session entitled, 'Archiving Email: Strategies, Tools, Techniques. A tutorial by[:] Christopher John Prom, Patricia Patterson, Wendy Gogel, William Kilbride, Ricardo Ferrante, Glynn Edwards, and Camile Tyndall Watson' on day one of the conference. I will also discuss what the approach means from a practical point of view and what its potential application within a University environment might look like. In part two I will discuss some of the tools available to accomplish this type of preservation and touch on wider questions concerning corporate communications and recent changes in relation to the tools used in complex environments. 

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Variation in national digital preservation policies

Alexander Roberts

Alexander Roberts

Last updated on 2 April 2019

Alexander Roberts is Digital Humanities Manager/Research Data Manager at Swansea University and attended iPRES2018 with support from the DPC's Leadership Programme which is generously funded by DPC Supporters

Denmark and the Danish Archives Act 1992, 1996, 2000 and 2007

With preparations for iPres2019 in Amsterdam firmly underway and the deadline for submitting contributions having just passed, I have begun reflecting on some of the themes that resonated with me from last year’s amazing meeting at iPres2018. This was my first taste of the iPres experience, and it didn’t disappoint! My particular interests lie in computer science, IT areas including a focus on the performing arts (I’m a keen musician and composer). I found all of these areas well represented with keen and informed speakers elucidating on the finer points of applying arcane techniques and wizardly approaches to solving all sorts of digital preservation conundrums.

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Acknowledgements and thanks


The Executive Guide on Digital Preservation was delivered through the collaborative efforts of DPC members and the digital preservation community and was supported by members of the UNESCO/MoW/PERSIST project.

  • This resource was first imagined and scoped by the DPC’s Advocacy & Community Engagement Sub-Committee
  • An Advisory Group comprising members of the DPC’s Advocacy & Community Engagement Sub-Committee and the UNESCO/MoW/PERSIST Policy Working Group provided advice, guidance and feedback throughout its development
  • DPC staff worked with contributors from across the digital preservation community to devise and tailor the statements which form the content of the Executive Guide, particular thanks are owed to colleagues from:
    • Academic Preservation Trust
    • British Geological Survey
    • BT
    • Imperial War Museums
    • Library and Archives Canada
    • Lloyds Banking Group
    • National Library of Ireland
    • National Records of Scotland
    • Tate
    • University of Glasgow
    • MirrorWeb
    • Preservica
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PASIG 2019, 12-14 Feb, El Colegio de México, Mexico City (part 1)

Rachel Tropea

Rachel Tropea

Last updated on 12 April 2019

Rachel Tropea is Senior Research Archivist at the University of Melbourne and and attended PASIG2019 with support from the DPC's Leadership Programme which is generously funded by DPC Supporters

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Photo sourced from El Colegio de México, A.C. Available at https://www.colmex.mx/assets/slider/slide-folleto_original_16.jpg?1508794010 [accessed 9 March 2019].

This is my first of two blog posts about PASIG2019 held at El Colegio de México (pictured above) in Mexico City. Here I focus on the history and organisation of Preservation and Archiving Special Interest Group Meeting (PASIG), and in my next post I delve into the content of some of the presentations. With the list of conferences growing seemingly exponentially, PASIG is a stand out for people working in digital preservation and archives.

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VANISHING POINT: The Curation and Preservation of Virtual Reality


As Virtual and Augmented Reality become part of the artists’ toolkit, museums and galleries are tackling the issue of how to collect, preserve and curate Virtual Reality artworks, ensuring they have a life beyond the present. 

Vanishing Point: The Curation and Preservation of Virtual Reality is a one-day conference that brings together industry experts from the BBC, Tate, V&A and BFI to discuss the challenges of preserving new media and look towards possible solutions. Speakers will include keynotes from Tom Burton (BBC) and Solomon Rogers (Chair of BAFTA Immersive Entertainment) with panel discussions featuring Jesse de Vos of the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision and George Stanley of the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. 

Lunch and refreshments will be provided. 

Programme and Recordings

Members please login to watch recordings

9.30am – 10.00am

Coffee and registration


Welcome, Jeremy Till (Head of Central St. Martin's)

10.10am – 10.20am   

Judy Willcocks (Head of Museum, CSM)

10.20am – 10.50am   

Setting the Scene for Industry, Solomon Rogers (CEO of Rewind, Chair of BAFTA Immersive Entertainment)

10.50am – 12.10pm   

Makers of Makers Panel


Chair: Solomon Rogers


Nicola Francis (MA Virtual Reality at London College of Communication)


Rebecca Gregory-Clarke (Digital Catapult)


Nick Lambert (Computer Art Society, Ravensbourne, Lumen Art Projects)


Panel Discussion

12.10pm – 1.10pm     

Lunch and Showcase of student artworks, The Street

1.10pm – 2.40pm       

Curatorial Preservation Panel


Chair: Angela Doane (BFI)


Jack McConchie, Tom Ensom (Tate) and Dom Biddulph (CSM)


Melanie Lenz (V&A)


Stephen McConnachie and Will Massa (BFI)


Panel Discussion

2.40pm – 3.00pm   

Tea and coffee

3.00pm – 4.20pm    

National and International Strategy panel


Chair: Judy Willcocks (Head of Museum, CSM)


William Kilbride (Digital Preservation Coalition)


Jesse de Vos (Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision)


George Stanley-Jones (Digital Culture DCMS)


Panel Discussion

4.20pm - 4.30pm                      

Final thoughts and finish 

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