Added on 17 August 2017

The Digital Preservation Coalition welcomes Lancaster University Library as its newest Associate Member this week.

Currently establishing its digital preservation policy specifically to look after the long-term preservation of research outcomes, the Library’s key aim is to ensure that future generations can benefit from the scholarly digital outputs created by the world-class research and teaching undertaken at Lancaster University. One of the Jisc RDSS pilot institutions, Lancaster University brings extensive experience of working with shared services, interoperability between systems and applying this expertise to digital preservation.

The Digital Innovation and Research Services (DIRS) team based at the Library is responsible for developing, supporting, and sustaining high-quality user-centric digital and research services with a focus on preserving research data to support this aim.

“We are looking forward to working with the DPC, to identify best practices for digital preservation, and to incorporate them into our strategy and implementation,” explains Masud Khokhar, Assistant Director of DIRS for Lancaster University. “We are especially keen to share and benefit from the expertise, materials, training and community that DPC membership brings with it.”

Chair of the DPC Board and Deputy Keeper of the National Records of Scotland, Laura Mitchell welcomed the news saying, “We are delighted that Lancaster University has joined the DPC. Good digital preservation practice within Higher Education is critical to ensuring that future generations can continue to access our digital legacy, and Lancaster is part of a group of institutions doing great work in this area.”

The DPC helps members to deliver resilient long-term access to digital content and services, helping them to derive enduring value from digital collections. The coalition also raises awareness of the attendant strategic, cultural and technological challenges and supports members through advocacy, workforce development, capacity-building and partnership.

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