Added on 7 November 2017

The Digital Preservation Coalition and Tate are delighted to open registration for 'Significance & Authenticity: A Briefing', to be held at Tate Britain in London on Friday 15th December. Members and non-members are invited to this day of presentations and practical workshops to learn from digital preservation practitioners from different backgrounds about how they apply significance and authenticity to their digital content. 

Defining significance and how to guarantee authenticity is anything but straightforward. Digital preservation practitioners from many different backgrounds face challenges created by their digital objects – from software-based artwork to web content to evidential records used in criminal proceedings. Furthermore, developments in digital forensics demonstrate increasing anxiety over how to determine the authenticity of the digital objects we rely on for information. 

Through presentations and discussion, this day-long event will provide a space for digital preservation practitioners to share their own methods and approaches, as well as learn from others. Through this exercise, we aim to refine our communal understanding of these concepts and reinforce best practice for implementing them.

"In order to ensure digital objects will remain reliable and meaningful into the future, practitioners must establish consistent terms for authenticity and significance for all forms of digital content," explains Research Officer for the DPC Sara Day Thomson. "This briefing day aims to share experiences and exchange knowledge and methods."

Registration is free for members of the DPC and £275 for non-members. There is a limit of 3 places per member (incl. consortia and membership organisations) and these will be available on a 'first come, first served' basis. Additional registrations will be accepted but will be placed on the wait list until registration closes a week before the event, at which time they will be distributed equally amongst members. To check if your organisation qualifies for free attendance, please check the DPC Member List. If you have any questions about registration please contact Sara Day Thomson (sara.thomson[at]

The workshops usually fill up quickly, so early registration is recommended. DPC members can claim their free place by entering the promotional code DPCMEMBER. Cancellations will be accepted until one week before the event, a 'no show' fee of £275 will be charged for those who cancel after this time.


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