Added on 3 August 2020

The Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) is delighted to share its new program of activities for the coming year. Commissioned by Members from around the world as part of the DPC’s ‘Connecting the Bits’ annual consultation, including for the first time the new Australasia and Asia-Pacific Stakeholder Group, the prospectus outlines the DPC’s plan for 2020-2021. Focused on the priority digital preservation topics Members have specified, the prospectus includes publications, training, webinars, specialist briefings, as well as a range of exciting new activities and resources.

Event screenshot no names 1With a growing Membership around the world, the DPC’s core program is accessible across multiple time zones and geographies. The DPC will continue to share its extensive catalogue of authoritative resources widely through its website, including reports, live streams and catch-up recordings of specialist briefing days.

In 2020, the DPC will also make key resources available in a range of languages and will continue to expand the availability of online materials through translation and consultation with the global digital preservation community.

“Digital preservation is a global challenge,” explains Executive Director of the DPC, William Kilbride, “And this year especially, when so many find themselves working remotely and online, it is critical that we enable consistent and uniform access to our extensive program of events, activities and resources. That way our Members can access them when they are most needed and wherever they are in the world.”

N2N Screenshot caption1A key part of the DPC’s online offering is the new Novice to Know-How learning pathway. Part of The UK National Archives’ new digital capacity building strategy, ‘Plugged In, Powered Up,’ this online training aims to provide beginners with the skills required to develop and implement simple digital preservation workflows within their organizations and is available free of charge to DPC Members.

A program of briefing days will cater for different time zones, providing insight and advice on ‘Preserving Audio-Visual Materials,’ ‘Technology Watch and Digital Preservation Planning,’ ‘Digital Preservation and Cyber Security,’ and ‘EDRMS preservation,’ as well as making a return to ‘Emulation.’ A broad range of task forces and working parties will continue to provide focused peer support on specialized areas of digital preservation.

The DPC will hold three online ‘Digital Preservationists Anonymous’ workshops. Informally referred to amongst the DPC Team as ‘Fail Club,’ these events bring together DPC Members to examine the missteps and mistakes encountered on their digital preservation journey, as well as how to avoid them.

A new ‘COW Tow: Workflow Development and Sharing Workshop’ and its accompanying webinar series will enable Members to exchange experiences and ‘what’s worked’ for various parts of the digital preservation lifecycle, and to contribute those processes to the Community Owned Workflows (COW) online.

The widely read series of authoritative but accessible Technology Watch Reports will continue investigations into the latest topical and technical issues encountered by DPC Members, with a report on ‘Preserving Audio-visual Materials’ planned for Autumn 2020 and followed by titles including ‘Preserving 3D models’ and ‘Migration for Digital Preservation,’ as well as an update to the first edition of ‘Preserving Geospatial Data.’

Launched last year, the DPC will invite Members to return annually to the Rapid Assessment Model (DPC RAM); a maturity modelling tool which enables rapid benchmarking of an organization’s digital preservation capability whilst remaining agnostic to solutions and strategy. Members’ RAM submissions will be collated, aggregated and offered as benchmarking information, for use in internal advocacy or as evidence to include within a business case.

DPA2018 captionHighlights of the year include World Digital Preservation Day on Thursday 5th November 2020. With the theme ‘Digits for Good,’ the day will bring together individuals and institutions from across the world, with Member blogs, publications and online activities to showcase the importance of digital preservation and the work of the digital preservation community.

The DPC’s own contribution to Word Digital Preservation Day will be the presentation of the Digital Preservation Awards which will be unveiled in an online celebration of achievement for those people and organizations who have made significant and innovative contributions to maintaining our digital legacy. The Digital Preservation Awards remain open for nominations until Monday 10th August.

Members of the Coalition receive free-of-charge priority access to all DPC events and publications and the program is overseen by Full Members who commission research tied directly to their strategic needs. The not-for-profit DPC is an international advocate for digital preservation, helping Members around the world 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 vision is a secure digital legacy.

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