Added on 4 August 2020

The Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) welcomes the Australian Society of Archivists (ASA), as they become the newest Full Member of the Coalition this week.

The Australian Society of Archivists Inc. (ASA) is Australia’s peak professional body for archivists and recordkeepers. The ASA advocates on behalf of archivists, and the archival and recordkeeping profession as well as supports best practice standards and services. The ASA recognises the increasing demand for digital archival and recordkeeping skills in community organisations, corporate entities, and government, and the effective ongoing management of digital archives.

“ASA members work across the government, university, schools, religious and community history sectors and members are seeking guidance and training in digital archiving to support their own and employees professional development. At the same time the ASA is keen to participate in the international discussions on best-practice digital preservation“, explains Julia Mant, President. “Through our membership of the DPC we are delighted to have the opportunity to shape the program of digital preservation support which we can make available to meet ASA members’ needs.”

As a Full Member of the DPC, the ASA joins the University of Melbourne and the National and State Libraries of Australasia (NSLA) in representing the interests of key institutions within the region. The ASA also joins the DPC’s new Stakeholder Group, formed as part of its governance structure with the opening of the Melbourne Office in January 2020. The Stakeholder Group ensures that DPC members in Australia, New Zealand and surrounding areas inform the development of the DPC’s program in the region and have input to the broader strategic direction of the Coalition.

The DPC’s presence in Australia will enable improved access to the DPC’s programme of activities for members and digital preservation practitioners across the southern hemisphere; helping support, represent and amplify the work of a very active digital preservation community in the region, as well as assisting institutions at all stages of maturity in the digital preservation journey.

Jaye Weatherburn, Head of Australasia and Asia-Pacific for the DPC is delighted to welcome the ASA to the Coalition: “The ASA brings valuable strategic leadership to the table to support the emerging DPC presence in Australasia and Asia-Pacific. We are very much looking forward to collaborating with the ASA to enhance digital preservation support in our region for all archives across Australia and further afield.”

The not-for-profit DPC is an international advocate for digital preservation, helping 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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