#DPConnect: Summer Update

Added on 23 July 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.

From Monday 3rd August and throughout the month of August, the DPC team will be taking a break from captaining the sessions, but members of the digital preservation community are encouraged to continue meeting and connecting in our absence.

DPC staff will return in September with a new program of events and an updated #DPConnect timetable.

#DPConnect is available to everyone in the digital preservation community members and all are welcome to attend sessions in any of the time zones, provided all participants are respectful and supportive of one another and adhere to the DPC's Inclusion and Diversity Policy.

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Minimum Preservation Tool (MPT)

Dr John Beaman

Dr John Beaman

Last updated on 29 July 2020

John Beaman is the Preservation Repository Manager at the British Library

Many institutions have significant digital content stored outside of a fully-fledged preservation repository system. The content may be waiting for a backlog of other material to be cleared, content-specific pre-ingestion processes to be developed, or even for a preservation repository system to be implemented at the institution. Often the content is stored on standard network storage made available by the institute’s IT department, or on offline storage such as external USB hard drives. This content is inherently at risk since it is not protected by the full range of digital preservation processes within a preservation repository system such as file fixity checking. The longer content remains in this state, the greater the risk of it coming to harm. In response to this, the British Library’s Digital Preservation Team has developed the Minimum Preservation Tool (MPT), a collection of utilities written in Python that can be used to create an interim preservation storage solution, providing a basic minimum level of file preservation in order to reduce risks to content currently stored outside of a preservation repository system.

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#WeMissiPRES: Call for Participation

Added on 22 July 2020

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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Preserving semi-current records - why are we worrying?

Jenny Mitcham

Jenny Mitcham

Last updated on 29 July 2020

Last week the DPC held an online briefing day on the topic of Preserving Semi-current Records and we heard from a range of speakers who were all facing or considering the challenge of preserving semi-current or semi-active records.

Defining what a semi-active or semi-current record actually is was one of the first challenges of the day and perhaps differs in different contexts and disciplines. Kevin Ashley from the Digital Curation Centre described them as ‘the undead’ - records that are still with us but not quite alive. There is an implication of less use and perhaps greater neglect. 

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Horses for (Digital Preservation) Courses

Colin Armstrong

Colin Armstrong

Last updated on 21 July 2020

Colin Armstrong is a Disc Imaging Technician for the British Library.
This blog post has been written in Scots - for those unfamiliar with the language, you may find the Dictionary of the Scots Language handy.

Since lockdown aroon mid-March, like a number o’ folks ma workin’ habits have changed dramatically. Ah’ve been unable to carry oot ma usual role in any normal capacity, and am mostly confined tae remote workin’ fae haim. Imaging disks as pairt o’ the  Flashback Project for the British Library Digital Preservation team at Boston Spa is ‘oot the windae’, and has been temporarily swapped fir home learning, webinars, and online courses (and occasionally screein' blog introductions in Scots). Ah’ve completed 18 courses and attended roughly 15 conference or webinar-type events tae date; but which have topped the list for improvin’ my digital preservation knowledge, professional development, and mayhap fir the team in general? Let’s take a wee gander eh?

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DPC Announces Two Grants for NEDCC Digital Directions Online Training Conference

Added on 21 July 2020

The DPC is delighted to announce that its Career Development Fund is offering two scholarship grants for members to attend the 2020 Northeast Document Conservation Center’s Digital Directions Online Training Conference, 19-21 October. These grants are of particular interest to DPC Members situated in the USA, Canada, and related time zones.

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Sponsors announced for the 2020 Digital Preservation Awards

Added on 21 July 2020

The Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) is delighted to announce the leading organizations in digital content creation, preservation and access who have committed their support to the Digital Preservation Awards 2020.

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Vacancy for Data Engineer at The National Archives

31 August 2020

Richmond upon Thames, London



Quantifying Digital Preservation Risk: introducing a new tool for decision making (online workshop 2)

The DPC invites you to join us for an online workshop to explore a new online decision support tool for digital preservation.

The National Archives UK, with statisticians from the University of Warwick and partners from five other UK archives, has developed a decision support tool to map and quantify the risks and uncertainty involved in digital preservation. The Digital Archiving Graphical Risk Assessment Model (DiAGRAM) is a new risk management framework that captures the conditional dependencies of the risks to the long term survival of complex digital objects and presents these in a visual and intuitive way. The model enables a quantitative comparison of the very different types of threats to preservation outcomes, from software obsolescence to natural disasters.

DiAGRAM will: 

  • Improve users' understanding of the complex digital archiving risk landscape and of the interplay between digital preservation risk factors.

  • Enable archivists to compare and prioritise very different types of threats to the digital archive.

  • Aid in quantifying the impact of risk events and risk management strategies on archival outcomes for use in decision making, communication with stakeholders and developing business cases for targeted action.

Programme (please log-in to watch recording)


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#WeMissiPRES - Save the Date: 22/23/24 September 2020

Added on 15 July 2020

wemissipresThis year there is no iPRES or other large-scale conference focussing on digital preservation to look forward to, but this should not stop us from exchanging work in progress and experiences with each other!

Save the date for three half days of online iPRES celebrations in September including a mix of presentations, lightning talks, panels, and participant interaction, all supported by social and networking opportunities, as follows: 

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