Added on 9 March 2018

The University of Nottingham has become the latest organisation to join the Digital Preservation Coalition as Associate Member this month.

The University Library has been actively collecting manuscript and archive material for over seventy years and now holds over 3 million records in over 700 archive and manuscript collections. The University also holds over 80,000 rare books and published works in a number of named special collections.

Part of The University of Nottingham Libraries, Manuscripts and Special Collections is acquiring increasing amounts of born digital records, digital images and hybrid collections from both within the University and private owners of archives.

 “Membership of the DPC would enable the University to benefit from the expertise of the Coalition,” explains Mark Dorrington, the University of Nottingham’s Keeper of Manuscripts and Special Collections. “We look forward to attending high quality training to help us keep up to date with the latest digital preservation developments, and to benefitting from knowledge of good practice and standards to ensure the long-term preservation of our digital holdings”

Chair of the DPC Board and Head of Data Division for STFC, Juan Bicarregui welcomed the news saying: “We are delighted that the University of Nottingham has joined the DPC and look forward to supporting them in providing sustainable preservation and access to their digital collections; ensuring teaching, research and meaningful public engagement for the long-term.”

The not-for-profit DPC is an advocate for digital preservation, and helps members 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 primary objective is raising awareness of the importance of the preservation of digital material and the attendant strategic, cultural and technological issues.

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