Added on 12 January 2018

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

Currently exploring digital preservation best practice, the University’s interest in digital preservation is concentrated around the Libraries, Museums, Galleries and Records Management functions which hold institutional records, research articles and theses, research data, born digital archives and archival items in a large range of electronic formats.

A working group from the Library and Computing Services at the University is currently focused on the development of improved workflows and infrastructure to ingest ‘born digital’ material within its institutional and deposited archive collections, and to convert and manage archival material in a range of electronic formats to ensure access in perpetuity.

“We are looking forward to working with the DPC to develop a digital preservation strategy across our research data, records management and archives teams,” explains the University of Liverpool’s Librarian Phil Sykes. “We hope to utilise the collective resources of the DPC and its partners to help instigate projects and to develop staff expertise and knowledge in this area “added John Cartwright Director of Computing Services

Chair of the DPC Board and Head of Data Division in the Scientific Computing Department at STFC, Juan Bicarregui welcomed the news saying, “We are delighted that the University of Liverpool has joined the DPC to help ensure their research and institutional memory is preserved for future generations of scholars through sustainable models of storage and access.”

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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