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What I wish I knew about Digital Preservation: Part II

Sarah Middleton

Sarah Middleton

Last updated on 1 July 2020

Firstly, a huge thank you to the International Council on Archives for inviting us to co-host the ‘What I Wish I Knew... Webinar’ to celebrate digital preservation day on International Archives Week! It was so popular and so well attended that we ran out of time before we even made a dent in the number of questions submitted to our panellists, so as promised we’ve put our thinking caps back on and answered some more in this blog post.

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Second call for Digital Preservation Awards nominations: submit by 10th August 2020

Added on 29 June 2020

With six weeks left to submit your nominations, do not miss your opportunity for recognition as part of the most prominent celebration of achievement for those people and organisations around the world who have made significant and innovative contributions to securing our digital legacy!

Send your nominations by 09:00 am (BST) on Monday 10th August and be in with a chance of being named the best in your field of expertise.

Entry to the Digital Preservation Awards is free and open to all, apply now!

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Implement digital preservation

The following tools provide detailed guidance on advancing or refreshing digital preservation capabilities within an organisation. Please note that elements of some of these resources are available to members only, so please log in to access them.

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DPC Rapid Assessment Model

Use this to benchmark your digital preservation maturity and inform planning and prioritisation of future preservation activities

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Digital Preservation Policy Toolkit

Use this to help develop a new or revised digital preservation policy

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Executive Guide on Digital Preservation

Use this to help advocate and communicate effectively with senior managment. Also see Make The Case for Digital Preservation in Your Organisation

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Digital Preservation Business Case Toolkit

*Currently under revision*
Use this to discover additional resources to enhance your procurement experience

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Digital Preservation Procurement Toolkit

Use this to help deliver a successful procurement of third party digital preservation services or infrastructure

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Train your staff

A key role for the DPC is to empower and develop our members’ workforces. Our members operate in a competitive and dynamic knowledge environment where roles and responsibilities of staff are constantly changing. It is crucial, therefore, that staff remain informed of, trained in and confident with the new developments and tools which are released and made available. This is particularly important when existing staff are retrained to embrace a new skills set.The DPC provides training and personal development facilities to address these challenges:

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Novice to Know-How online training 

 The Novice to Know-How learning pathway aims to provide beginners with the skills required to develop and implement simple digital preservation workflows within their organisation and is part of The National Archives’ digital capacity building strategy, ‘Plugged In, Powered Up,’

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Career Development Fund

Scholarships for DPC members to undertake training and personal development opportunities. These scholarships are offered through regular calls for applications, but members are also welcome to nominate relevant opportunities by contacting the Head of Workforce Development.

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Aus Preserves Ingest and Pre-Ingest training modules

Materials for delivering face to face training focused on a range of skills relating to various aspects of receiving, handling, and managing digital content.

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Getting Started and Making Progress training modules

Reference materials for DPC face to face training. On-site training is available on requrest.

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External training/education opportunities

A wide range of digital preservation training and development opportunities are offered by agencies and institutions around the world. A selection of courses offered by DPC members includes:

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Collaborative Projects

 

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Community-led Open Publication Infrastructures for Monographs (COPIM)

 Community-led Open Publication Infrastructures for Monographs

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Novice to Know-How

The Novice to Know-How learning pathway aims to provide beginners with the skills required to develop and implement simple digital preservation workflows within their organisation and is part of The National Archives’ digital capacity building strategy, ‘Plugged In, Powered Up,’

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Reliable, Robust and Resilient Digital Infrastructure for Nuclear Decommissioning

This project is a two year partnership (starting November 2018) with the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA). The project draws upon the experience of the DPC and its members to leverage good practice and to advise, guide and develop digital preservation policy at the NDA.

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Completed Projects

 Collaborative projects that have been completed.

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Champion Digital Preservation

 

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Bit List

The Bit List reveals which digital materials are most at risk and which are relatively safe thanks to digital preservation. It celebrates great preservation endeavors as entries become less of a ‘concern’, and highlights the need for efforts to safeguard those still considered ‘critically endangered’.

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Digital Preservation Awards

The prestigious Digital Preservation Awards is the most prominent celebration of achievement for those people and organisations who have made significant and innovative contributions to maintaining our digital legacy.

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World Digital Preservation Day

World Digital Preservation Day brings together our community to celebrate digital preservation achievements and raise the profile of this work in the wider world.

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Engaging with Public Policy

The DPC campaigns for digital preservation and long term access to be a feature of public policy and routinely advises Government and related agencies on issues that are relevant to our members and our mandate. We publish our responses as a commentary of public policy consultations relating to digital preservation.

 

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Discover Good Practice

 

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Get help with your digital preservation

Use this to find the assistance you need to do digital preservation, from reference materials to asking the question of others.

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Dedicated Support for Members

Use this to learn about, and discover how to access, the 5 days per year of dedicated support time to which full DPC members are entitled.

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Digital Preservation Handbook

A complete guide to all aspects of digital preservation, acting as a primer on the subject and with pointers to recommended further information.

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Technology Watch Publications

DPC Technology Watch publications provide authorative guidance on a variety of digital preservation topics chosen by Coalition members. They include short Guidance Notes on specific topics and longer Reports providing more detailed reference information.

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Discover non-English language resources

*Coming soon* 

Non-english language versions of key DPC resources, and details on our process for contributing a new translation.

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Working Groups and Task Forces

 The DPC Sub Committees and subject specific groups.

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Curation Costs Exchange

 Understanding and comparing digital curation costs to support smarter investments.

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Case Studies

 Case studies addressing digital preservation issues in specific settings.

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Discover preservation topics

 Use this to browse content on this website by the following topics: preservation issues, file formats or content types.

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Digital Preservation

This page brings together all of the DPC's resources for supporting digital preservation activities in our Member's organizations and beyond.

If you're new to digital preservation, check out our beginners guide: What is digital preservation?

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Discover good practice

Discover authorative guidance and good practice in digital preservation

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Implement digital preservation

Tackle digital preservation challenges with our tools for maturity modelling, policy development, advocacy and procurement

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Champion digital preservation

Raise the profile of digital preservation internationally and celebrate the successful work of our members in this field

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Train your staff

Train your staff in digital preservation and get support for professional development

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Collaborative projects

Discover the DPC's collaborative projects and completed work

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Digital Repository of Ireland Early Career Research Award 2020

Added on 24 June 2020

The Digital Repository of Ireland invites early career researchers to apply for our annual Research Award. This Award grants a prize to an original piece of research (e.g. research done for Master’s or PhD thesis, article or publication) informed in whole, or in part, by objects/collections deposited in DRI. Unpublished research will also be considered, as long as the work is intended for eventual publication.

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