Added on 12 April 2011

The Digital Preservation Coalition is delighted to welcome the University of Portsmouth as its latest associate member.

'The Future Proof Computing Group at the University of Portsmouth has a track record of research and development of digital preservation through initiatives like the KEEP project (Keeping Emulation Environments Portable)' explained Dr David Anderson. 'We're about to start a new project, POCOS, funded by the JISC, on the preservation of complex objects, and have interests in topics like the sustainability of computer games technology, the history of computing, emulation, virtualization and data warehousing.

Dr Janet Delve observed 'We’re delighted to join the DPC as a way of amplifying and facilitating our research, especially for the KEEP project.'

'This is just one example of the wide range of expertise within the coalition that we’re keen to share. DPC has an impressively diverse membership: working with them will help ensure the greatest possible impact from our research.'

'Portsmouth is home to one of a small but growing number of centres where the challenges of digital preservation are being turned into advantages - so we're very excited that they've joined us', explained William Kilbride of the DPC. 'It's all too easy for research to be isolated or inward-looking. By joining the Coalition, Portsmouth acquires a large and ready-made community of users and experts in a broad range of institutions eager to test, validate and deploy the solutions that they provide. The DPC members will undoubtedly benefit from projects like KEEP - but I'm also sure that the project will benefit from engagement with the DPC too.'Richard Ovenden, chair of the DPC welcomed the news too.

'The core values of the DPC are about mutual support and lasting impact. This is an attractive proposition at tough times for researchers because of the instant network of users that it brings. The membership continues to grow which is a credit to the programme of advocacy, events and publications which the DPC manages. It's also evidence that more and more agencies are seeing the benefits of working together.'

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