Added on 26 October 2017

The Digital Preservation Coalition is pleased to announce the University of Birmingham as its newest Associate and seventieth member.

The University’s Library Services manages digital publications, primary research data and other research outputs generated by researchers at the University of Birmingham, as well as a digital archive, rare books and the University’s institutional archives at the Cadbury Research Library.

Understanding the need to ensure the long-term preservation of an increasing amount of digital data, Library Services continues to develop its institutional research repository and, in addressing digital preservation challenges, work is now focused on the formulation of a digital preservation policy and strategy across the University.

“We are looking forward to working with the DPC to enable us to develop our digital preservation strategy and to implement best practice,” explains Susan Worrall, Director of Special Collections at the University of Birmingham. “We hope that membership of the DPC will help us to develop staff knowledge and skills in this area through training opportunities and resources, and we are excited about sharing experiences as part of the DPC community.”

Chair of the DPC Board and Deputy Keeper of the National Records of Scotland, Laura Mitchell welcomed the news saying, “we are delighted that the University of Birmingham has joined the DPC alongside so many other colleagues from Higher Education and research.”

“Our membership has grown dramatically in the last few year years; in 2007 the DPC had fewer than 28 members; in 2017 it is over 70. And that growth has been led by organisations like the University of Birmingham who have shown impressive leadership in recognizing and tackling their digital preservation challenges. Our members now represent universities, museums, libraries and archives as well as governmental institutions, banks and manufacturers from around the world who are all working together to ensure future generations may benefit from access to our digital legacy.”

The DPC helps members to deliver resilient long-term access to digital content and services, helping them to derive enduring value from digital collections. The coalition also raises awareness of the attendant strategic, cultural and technological challenges and supports members through advocacy, workforce development, capacity-building and partnership.

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