EPISODE 1: Digital Preservation Futures with Arkivum

This series of webinars accompanies the Digital Preservation Futures: Community Forum in Dublin on 2nd July.

Featuring our DPC Supporters in turn, these webinars will showcase product and service offerings before the DPC's Paul Wheatley challenges each to respond on a series of themes which represent (his interpretation of) member concerns. Members may then pose their own questions on how Supporters would manage their concerns in a question and answer session.

DPC Members are encouraged to attend the webinar sessions as Supporter products and services form an important part of how we address the digital preservation challenge. This series aims to present - in the context of member concerns - a portion of the digital preservation marketplace offerings, in order to help members identify what is still missing and community needs.


  • Sinead McKeown
  • Matthew Addis
  • Paula Keogh

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What's next?

The digital preservation community has many parts; those who create data, the curators who are charged with looking after our digital legacy, solution providers who support the preservation process and those who consume the digital information successfully and continuously preserved. These groups cannot operate independently and alone, each relies on the others to do their bit, to enable the sustained and immediate access to digital information we have all come to expect.

An extension of the DPC Member’s ‘Connecting the Bits’ feedback process which will take place over the preceding months, and this accompanying webinar series, the Digital Preservation Futures: Community Forum 2019 is a half-day event which will provide a neutral forum to summarise the key challenges anticipated by members, before inviting speakers from our DPC Supporters to collaborate and develop new ideas.

Find out more about the Digital Preservation Futures: Community Forum 2019

DPC Inclusion & Diversity Policy

The DPC Community is guided by the values set out in our Strategic Plan and aims to be respectful, welcoming, inclusive and transparent. It encourages diversity in all its forms and is committed to being accessible to everyone who wishes to engage with the topic of digital preservation. The DPC asks all those who are part of this community and/or attending a DPC event be positive, accepting, and sensitive to the needs and feelings of others in alignment with our DPC Inclusion & Diversity Policy.

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Capturing Luxembourg Elections

Ben Els

Ben Els

Last updated on 14 May 2019

“Television is no gimmick, and nobody will ever be elected to major office again without presenting themselves well on it.” – Roger Ailes, 1968.

Even though TV and print media still prevail in the Luxembourg political environment, the influence of online information is continually growing. The days when elections are either won or lost, based on the success of online campaigning may not be far away. Recently, Luxembourg has seen an exceptional time in political discourse, since the country held local elections in 2017 and national elections in 2018 (plus the European elections in 2019).

As a pilot project in targeted web crawls, the National Library of Luxembourg has archived over the course of two years: websites, social media profiles and online news media in relation with local and national election campaigns. While we were able to include Facebook and Twitter profiles of candidates and political parties, aiming at completeness in capturing all relevant content from social media was simply out of reach, due to technical hurdles and not being able to keep up with the pace of changing content.

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Vacancy - Bridging the Digital Gap: technical traineeships in archives (London and Yorkshire)

5 June 2019

London and Yorkshire

London £16,973 (includes London weighting)/Yorkshire £14,500

Fixed Term

Insert Coin to Continue: a Briefing Day on Software Preservation


Jisc Log bigThis DPC Briefing Day, sponsored by Jisc, will bring together a diverse group of experts and critical thinkers on the topic of why and how to preserve software. Digital preservation has historically concerned itself with the content of information – or the data we put into or get out of software. But software is an artefact and end in itself with a purpose and value independent of data. Discussions on these issues will help inform a forthcoming DPC Technology Watch Report on ‘Preserving Software’. The day’s programme will provide attendees with a detailed understanding of both the state-of-the-art in software preservation and a glimpse of challenges yet to come.

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Member Preview of DPC Technology Watch Report 'Preserving Email (2nd Edition)' Now Available (Log-in Req'd)

Added on 6 May 2019

Following on from the popular 2011 report and the successful Task Force on Technical Approaches for Email Archives, the DPC is pleased to announce the release of the updated Preserving Email (2nd Edition) by Christopher J Prom for member preview.

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iPRES 2019 Open Call - The Great Digital Preservation Bake-Off

Added on 3 May 2019

iPRES 2019 is seeking submissions from software developers and vendors who would like to nominate software for the workflow-specific software category of the Great Digital Preservation Bake-Off, to be held as part of the iPRES 2019 conference at the Eye Filmmuseum in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, on 16 - 20 September.

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Ten IT skills you need to have to work with digital preservation and one skill to rule them all

Dave Thompson

Dave Thompson

Last updated on 2 May 2019

Like many of my digital preservation (DP) contemporaries I too read archaeology, as part of my history degree. My degree encompassed the Neolithic (We played with really sharp flint tools) to the ‘Dirty Harry’ movies (That made my day) If nothing else it taught me the circular nature of history. The past may be a different country but it’s one we seem to visit again and again.

It’s not (Necessarily) a failing of our profession that the same questions are asked again and again, it’s a reflection of change and evolution in things like IT, society and how we move the past into the future. Amidst this change, perhaps because of it, the context of the questions asked changes; ask the same question over twenty years and the answers will vary.

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Provide your feedback on the Future of iPres

Added on 2 May 2019

The iPres Working Group invites you to provide feedback on the Future of iPres, the international digital preservation conference.  

In September 2018 the iPres Steering Committee approved the convening of the iPres Working Group (IWG) and at iPres 2019, the IWG will share the outcome of its work: a proposed revision of the current iPres Steering Committee Charter and a set of recommendations about the future of iPres informed by your feedback. There are three phases to the IWG's work:

  • Gathering feedback and suggestions (this phase)
  • Using feedback to inform the IWG's work
  • Sharing outcomes at iPres 2019
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Vacancy for Digital Archivist at Historic Environment Scotland

15 May 2019


£24,102 - £30,189 p/a

Fixed Term

NEW Executive Guide on Digital Preservation available to support internal advocacy campaigning

Added on 1 May 2019

The Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) and United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization Memory of the World PERSIST Project (UNESCO/MoW/PERSIST) have released their online Executive Guide on Digital Preservation today. The new resource provides practitioners with a combination of generic and specific messages and motivators designed to communicate with senior executives, legislators and budget holders, as well as decision and policy makers with a view to embedding the value of digital preservation at the core of every organization.

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