Added on 1 March 2021

The Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) welcomes Public Record Office Victoria (PROV) this month, as they become the Coalition’s newest Associate member.

Responsible for the archives of the State Government of Victoria in Australia and, having launched its Victorian Electronic Records Strategy (VERS) in 1999, PROV is committed to digital preservation to ensure key Victorian Government records remain usable and accessible over time.

PROV was the first state archive in Australia to implement a digital archive and develop a unique information package to encapsulate digital material and associated metadata into a single object, and is this year set to launch a brand-new digital archive and suite of systems to manage and facilitate access to its collection.

“We are very pleased to be joining the Digital Preservation Coalition as this will enable us to share and collaborate with other experienced organisations across the extensive DPC network,” says Julie McCormack, the Senior Manager for Government Recordkeeping at PROV.

“With digital recordkeeping becoming embedded into government, it is paramount that all archivists at PROV become attuned to the importance and foundations of contemporary digital preservation practice. We are very much looking forward to working with DPC and its members to build and strengthen digital preservation practices within our organisation and the wider Victorian public sector.”

Jaye Weatherburn, Head of Australasia and Asia-Pacific for the DPC welcomed the news saying: “I am continually impressed by the efforts of our digital preservation colleagues here in Australia and over the years the community has benefitted tremendously from their work.”

“In welcoming PROV to the DPC we recognise that the challenge of robust and resilient access to data spans all sectors and I am delighted that the DPC can share and amplify the growing body of expertise we gain from their membership, for the benefit of all.”

PROV also joins the Australasia and Asia-Pacific Stakeholder Group which was convened as part of the Coalition’s governance structure with the opening of the DPC’s Melbourne Office in 2020. The Stakeholder Group ensures that Members in Asia-Pacific, Australia and New Zealand inform the development of the DPC’s program in the region and have input to the broader strategic direction of the Coalition.

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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