Added on 30 March 2022

The Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) welcomes the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT University), as they become the Coalition’s newest Associate Member.

With three campuses and two sites in Australia, two campuses in Vietnam and a research and industry collaboration centre in Spain, RMIT University Archives and the Library are required to manage long-term preservation of the digital assets and cultural heritage of a global university. 

Rachel Tropea, Senior Coordinator of the RMIT Archives said: “As we continue to communicate the significance of digital preservation and work to raise awareness and capacity across the University, we are delighted to be supported by the DPC’s international community of digital preservation professionals.”

RMIT joins a growing number of DPC members in Australasia which are served by the DPC’s Melbourne Office. The DPC’s presence in Australia enables 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.

William Kilbride, Executive Director of the DPC was delighted to welcome RMIT to the Coalition saying: “As one of Australia’s original tertiary institutions, RMIT has a long legacy of providing and preserving access to cultural material. We are very excited at the prospect of collaborating with them in their digital preservation work and look forward to sharing experiences across the Coalition.”

RMIT also joins the DPC’s Australasia Stakeholder Group, formed as part of its governance structure with the opening of the Melbourne Office in 2020. The Stakeholder Group will ensure that 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 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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