Added on 5 October 2023

DPC Associate Member since 2020, the Agency for Facility Operations of the Flemish Government (the Agency) upgraded its membership this month to become the latest Full Member of the Coalition.Flanders Agency

The Agency, which provides professional support to the entities of the Flemish government, has developed a shared digital archiving service - Digital Archives Flanders. This service is open to more than 300 organizations and local authorities of the Flemish government. Supporting this development, the Agency provides the technical infrastructure, the software and the expertise with regard to the management, storage and preservation of born digital information.

This new Full Membership means that the Agency will now take a seat on the DPC Board.  It’s a clear signal of the Agency’s commitment to strategic leadership in digital preservation around the world, helping set direction for the Coalition and influencing a global research and development effort.

“Becoming a full member of the DPC is motivated by our aim to collaborate with the international digital preservation community and a leading network of experts and practitioners to tackle the long-term preservation of digital information collectively”, explains Frank Geets, General Administrator for the Agency. “We want to achieve this by sharing our knowledge, best practices and lessons learned and contribute to new resources to help others on their digital preservation journey in a rapidly evolving technological field. Co-organising iPRES 2024 in Ghent is also part of this ambition.”

Juan Bicarregui, Chair of the DPC, welcomed the news saying: “We are delighted that the Agency has chosen to become a Full Member and will now join the DPC board. We expect to learn a great deal from their expertise and perspectives, and will use their valuable input to shape the Coalition for the benefit of all our members across the globe.”

The DPC is an international charitable foundation which supports digital preservation, helping its members around the world to deliver resilient long-term access to digital content and services through community engagement, targeted advocacy work, training and workforce development, capacity building, good practice and standards, and through good management and governance. Its vision is a secure digital legacy.

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