Added on 13 June 2017

The University of Melbourne Library has joined the Digital Preservation Coalition this week, becoming the DPC’s newest Associate member.

The University of Melbourne is Australia’s leading research-intensive University, generating considerable digital collections of enduring value. The University Library provides key research infrastructure in the form of scholarly and research collections, support and services which include digitisation services, data forensics services and research data management support. The University of Melbourne Digital Preservation Strategy aims to ensure that preservation of digital materials is integrated into the University’s research programmes. It outlines a ten-year program which will make the University’s digital outputs available to future generations.

“We are very excited to have access to the DPC thematic events and webinars, many of which address areas of immediate interest to our Digital Preservation team,” explains Caroline Gauld, Project Manager Digital Preservation Strategy for the University of Melbourne. “Remote and online attendance at these events will be very beneficial, and the scholarships are a great opportunity.”

"We look forward to benefiting from professional connections with other cultural organisations who have addressed similar digital preservation challenges.  It is important to maximise opportunities, share learnings and knowledge to address these truly global issues" Mr Philip Kent, University Librarian and Executive Director Collections.

Chair of the DPC Board and Deputy Keeper of the National Records of Scotland, Laura Mitchell welcomed the news saying, “I am continually impressed by the efforts of our many digital preservation colleagues in Australia and New Zealand and over the years we have benefitted tremendously from their insights. In welcoming the University of Melbourne to the DPC we recognise that the challenge of robust and resilient access to vital data is truly international. I am delighted that the DPC is able to share and amplify the growing body of expertise around the world for the benefit of all.

I look forward to a sustained and productive relationship with the impressive team which the University of Melbourne has assembled and I hope that their memberships encourages many more to engage in this vital and valuable collaboration.”

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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