Added on 22 March 2018

The University of Salford has joined the Digital Preservation Coalition, becoming its newest Associate Member.

The University of Salford has a long-standing interest in the heritage of its surrounding environment, made evident from its archival holdings. The institution has also acquired a substantial art collection, which is housed in the Salford Museum and Art Gallery.

As a higher education institution, the University holds a significant amount of research data and associated materials which must be preserved in digital formats. A research data management policy and related service underpin this and provides a snapshot of the University’s current state but will be subject to change as part of the ongoing Catalyst Digital IT strategy. All these aspects have in recent years focused the institution’s attention on digital preservation.

“We see the primary benefit of DPC membership being our ability to systematically engage with and participate in a dynamic and mutually supportive digital preservation community,” explains Dr Toni Sant, Director of Film & Digital Media for the University of Salford.

“Sharing knowledge on standards and best practice is another priority and we believe that the DPC can serve as a conduit for us to network and collaborate with others who have similar or related interests within and beyond the Coalition.”

The University of Salford's involvement with the DPC aligns with its Industry Collaboration Zone (ICZ) strategy. This is particularly valuable to the Digital & Creative ICZ, which functions directly in relation to the areas covered by DPC activities and its mission.

Chair of the DPC Board and Head of Data Division for STFC, Juan Bicarregui said, “we are delighted to welcome the University of Salford to the DPC. Their industry focus brings another perspective to the Coalition and we look forward to working with them on their long-term data management and archiving activities, for the benefit for both academic and professional communities.”

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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