OPF JHOVE Hack Week April 2019

Added on 18 March 2019

The Open Preservation Foundation (OPF) will be running two online hack weeks during 2019. The first, which will take place on 8th - 12th April, will focus on development. A second hack week will take place in September, with a goal to update and create new documentation.

What’s the goal?

The aim of the development hack week is to improve JHOVE for the benefit of its users. OPF plans to concentrate on the ‘quick fixes’ to reduce JHOVE’s issue list and make it easier to assign bug fixes and new features to future releases. There is a variety of tasks so everyone should be able to find something they can work on given the time, knowledge and skills available to them.

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iPRES 2019 Call for Contributions Deadline Extended to 20 March (Midnight PST)

Added on 18 March 2019

Dear iPRES 2019 Supporter,

We want to acknowledge the great many people who have already submitted their papers and proposals in advance of our March 18th deadline. Thanks so much to you all!

Over the weekend we have received many requests to extend the deadline for submission of iPRES 2019 papers and proposals for panels, posters, demonstrations, workshops, tutorials and hackathon sessions.

As a result, the iPRES 2019 Program Committee has decided to extend the final deadline for the Call for Contributions. Submissions are now due no later than Wednesday, March 20th, 2019 (midnight PST).

There will be no extension beyond this, as we still need to publish the programme in good time.

We hope this will give those who require it, additional time to finalize their papers and proposals for iPRES 2019, being held in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, this September. iPRES 2019 Submission Guidelines can be found here. Applicants will be notified of acceptance by May 24, 2019.

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Channel 4 joins the Digital Preservation Coalition

Added on 18 March 2019

Channel 4 has joined the DPC as its newest Associate Member. Channel 4 is a public service broadcaster in the UK which is publicly owned, free to air but commercially funded.  Their digital archive looks after significant amounts of web materials as well as business documents and a diverse range of digital materials. 

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Breaking News from iPRES2019

Added on 15 March 2019

Working on your proposal for iPRES 2019? You just got a little bit more time! 

We know a lot of you are working on your proposals for iPRES 2019. We won't extend the deadline, but if you email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before midnight on Monday 18 March to say that a proposal is imminent we'll stop the clock for you and give you a bit more time.

Good luck on the final stretch!

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Vacancy for Digital Preservation Archivist at the University of York

7 April 2019

York, UK

£39,609 - £48,677 p/a


Interested in Digital Preservation and the iPres Community? Sign up for the iPres Interest Group

Added on 15 March 2019

Join the iPres Interest Group:

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The iPres Interest Group, beginning with this new email list, is a way to receive updates and share your feedback if you are involved with digital preservation community and have an interest in informing and/or tracking the efforts of the iPres Working Group. Discussions on the email list will continue after the iPres Working Group shares its outcomes and recommendations at the iPres 2019 Conference in Amsterdam 16-20 September.

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Archiving2019 Short Course Program

Added on 15 March 2019

Archiving2019 | 14-17 May 2019 | Torre do Tombo, Lisbon, Portugal


Learn how to use applications JHOVE and Goobi-to-Go to manage your workflow; IIIF for better access and management of data files; spectral imaging to improve digitization; and how to set up reliable quality assurance workflow for mass digitization: these techniques and more through the Archiving2019 Short Course Program.

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DPA2018 Winners Webinars: EPISODE 5 - IFI Loopline Project

The Digital Preservation Awards 2018 (DPA2018) Winners Webinar Series provides an opportunity to learn more about some of the latest and best digital preservation initiatives, recently celebrated by the Digital Preservation Awards on World Digital Preservation Day 2018 in Amsterdam.

Each episode explores the winning entry for each category of the Digital Preservation Awards, providing an overview of each initiative, investigating how their work might be used within the community, and providing an opportunity for discussion with awards winners.

EPISODE 5: IFI Irish Film Archive Loopline Project

When Irish creative and cultural documentaries maker Loopline closed its studios in 2017, it transferred its holdings to the IFI Irish Film Archive. Using in house development, this project assessed, catalogued, digitised, preserved and made available the entire Loopline Collection which begins in 1992, contains over 900 hours of material, and might otherwise have been lost.

Join this webinar to find out about audio visual preservation, overcoming budgetary contraints and preserving a legacy.



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 Kasandra O'Connell and Kieran O'Leary accept The National Archives Award for Safeguarding the Digital Legacy

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1. Audience and Purpose 

The Executive Guide on Digital Preservation (the Guide) is intended as a resource to help those people responsible for the preservation of digital materials inform senior members within their organization about the relevance and importance of digital preservation, and the opportunities the preservation of digital materials can create.

Users of the information within this Guide may belong to memory and heritage institutions, commercial or financial organizations, government bodies and not-for-profits. The development of this Guide has been supported by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization Memory of the World PERSIST Project (UNESCO/MoW/PERSIST). UNESCO member states each have a role in implementing the UNESCO Recommendation concerning the Preservation of, and Access to, Documentary Heritage Including in Digital Form.

The Recommendation is a useful reference document when reaching out to organizations where memory is not their primary focus. Indeed, all organizations - public, private, local, national or international - are involved with the production of documentary and digital heritage and should be involved actively in its identification, promotion and protection. These groups are all encouraged to consider the sustainability of their digital materials and develop mechanisms to extract and preserve content.

In order to support the UNESCO member states, and organizations of all types, in their mission to preserve our digital heritage the Guide aims to be as broad reaching as possible. It does, however, recognize that even within the same sector or state, every organization is different, has different priorities, risk factors and motivators. It therefore presents a set of generic and sector specific statements and documents, which may be selected and tailored by individual organizations to assist in their internal advocacy work and in the application of the UNESCO recommendations.

Intended to be interactive and customizable, the Guide is presented as an online and accessible collection of resources, and contains:

  • Generic statements which define digital preservation in a range of terms which may be understood by various organization types
  • Information relating to digital preservation in specific sectors and organization types
  • A summary of the importance of digital preservation generally and specifically
  • Key motivators for digital preservation which may be relevant to different organization types
  • Risks and opportunities associated with each of these key motivators
  • Downloadable and customizable presentations
  • Useful links to other related and relevant resources
  • Statistics and evidence to be used in informing others and making the case for digital preservation

While the content will predominantly be used by existing advocates of digital preservation within an organization, the ultimate target audience for information and the messages it contains, is that of senior executives, legislators and budget holders, as well as decision and policy makers.

2. How to Use It

Information contained within the Guide may be used to create and deliver the message about digital preservation in the most relevant and appropriate format for a user’s organization.

For example:

A policy officer working in an archive or at a ministry in a country that is only just beginning with digital preservation may take the generic statements, as presented within the PowerPoint template, to explain the high-level concept to management.

A corporate archivist who understands the requirement for the auditability of digital documentation might select some of the risks associated with the legal and regulatory compliance ‘motivator’ to demonstrate to senior management the implications of not preserving.

Custodians of research data may use some of the sector specific risks and opportunities as part of a Business Case explaining why there is a requirement for digital preservation within a funding application.

Once the concept has been understood and digital preservation is established as a practice within an organization, some of the reputational opportunities identified within the Guide may be used to convince executives about the importance of accreditation or certification.

Some of the statements contained within the Guide may be applicable to more than one sector. These statements are presented as one way of communicating the importance, risks, opportunities and needs associated with digital preservation – however, as each organization and the content it manages is different, it is expected that users will need to customise the messages, selecting the most appropriate statements from across the sectors presented.

3. Reuse and Updates

The Guide is a community owned resource. The content has been contributed by volunteer members of the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) and aligned organizations and represents a small portion of our global digital preservation community. Nevertheless, it is hoped that the Guide will be still relevant to an international and cross-sector audience as much of the information is widely applicable and spans organization types and geography.

Once the messages contained within the Guide have been tailored for use within a specific organization, these customised messages are welcomed as updates for inclusion in future iterations of the resource, and their re-submission into the Guide is encouraged.

Where translations have been offered by DPC members and representatives of UNESCO member states these are provided as part of the Guide. Please note that not all parts of the Guide will have been translated into all languages, but requests to translate the Guide into other languages not currently offered are welcomed. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to talk about translating the Guide into other languages.

The content of the Guide is made available under an Open Government License v3.0 http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/doc/open-government-licence/version/3/ so that it can be re-used as widely as possible. Users are welcome to incorporate the information contained within the Guide locally into their own advocacy materials. Please use this form of acknowledgement in re-use: Executive Guide on Digital Preservation http://handbook.dpconline.org/ Digital Preservation Coalition, licensed under the Open Government License v3.0.

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