Added on 1 August 2018

The Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) is delighted to share its new prospectus for the coming year. The program contains a range of new and returning publications, webinars, specialist briefing days, as well as other activities on a range of priority topics within digital preservation.

Requested by members at the latest DPC ‘Connecting the Bits’ Unconference in Glasgow, the activities respond to real and current issues experienced by the digital preservation community, and aim provide the information and skills to respond positively and effectively.

“While technologies continue to change the way we approach the digital preservation challenge, it seems that we can manage this much better than we have been able to before,” explains Head of Advocacy and Communications for the DPC, Sarah Middleton. “What we’re seeing now is a much greater call for support in organizational advocacy and managing the politics of digital preservation. The great strength of the Coalition is its breadth, diversity and the support network it offers for members around the world, so we look forward to drawing from our members experiences and expertise to help address these evolving issues through the exciting activities we have planned for the next 12 months.”

Members sliderResponding directly to the call for greater advocacy support, 2018-2019 will see the return of a training event on the subject, following an initial trial in 2017. This will equip members with the skills required to make the case for digital preservation within their own organizations, while a working party of members will develop a new advocacy resource with the support of UNESCO and the PERSIST project; the Executive Guide on Digital Preservation is due for completion and launch in January 2019.

A broad range of task forces and working parties will provide focused peer support, with a new Buddy Network extending the support further. New briefing days will provide advice and guidance on ‘Digital preservation in the Museums sector,’ ‘Preserving Digital Sound and Vision,’ ‘Curating and Preserving Virtual Reality,’ ‘Personal Web and Social Media Archiving,’ and ‘Digital Preservation Policy and Guidance.’

The program retains the ever-popular ‘Getting Started with Digital Preservation’ and ‘Making Progress with Digital Preservation’ roadshows, with a stop planned in Europe within the 12 months. And this year the student conference ‘What I Wish I Knew Before I Started’ will also take to the road, with plans to call at three locations in the UK and Ireland.

The DPC will hold three more ‘Digital Preservationists Anonymous’ workshops. Informally referred to amongst the DPC Team as ‘Fail Club,’ this event brings together DPC members to share mistakes made and challenges encountered, before discussing how to learn from those experiences and move forward positively. This year, plans to reach members outside the UK would see sessions attached to international conferences.

The widely read series of Technology Watch Reports will continue investigations into the latest topical and technical issues with titles on ‘Software preservation and emulation’ and an update to the popular ‘Preserving Digital Sound and Vision’ planned for next year. Following the outstanding work of the Mellon funded US-based ‘Task Force on Technical Approaches to Email Preservation,’ an update to the ‘Preserving Email’ Technology Watch Report is scheduled for publication within the month.

DPA2016 Anthea applauseHighlights of the year include the bi-ennial Digital Preservation Awards which will culminate in a spectacular awards ceremony in Amsterdam, as part of an International Conference hosted by the Dutch Digital Heritage Network and the Amsterdam Museum on World Digital Preservation Day (previously International Digital Preservation Day) on Thursday 29th November 2018. The rest of the day will bring together individuals and institutions from across the world in a series of conferences and seminars, member blogs and publications to showcase the importance of digital preservation and the great work of our digital preservation community.

With more members across the world than ever this year, DPC is committed to making sure activities continue to be useful, relevant and accessible by offering more online sessions and resources, recordings and live streams from briefing days, as well as the opportunity to connect through the members blog.

DPC members receive free-of-charge priority access to events and publications and the program is overseen by full members who commission research tied directly to their strategic needs. The not-for-profit coalition is an advocate for digital preservation, and ensures its members can continue to deliver resilient long-term access to digital content and services through targeted advocacy work, training and workforce development, research and best practice, and enabling sustainability through partnerships. Its primary objective is raising awareness of the importance of the preservation of digital material and the attendant strategic, cultural and technological issues.

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