Added on 14 July 2021

The Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) and UK National Archives are pleased to share the evaluation report from the Safeguarding the Nation’s Digital Memory project with the digital preservation community this month.

The 1-year project, which ran from January to December 2020, was a joint endeavour between the UK National Archives, the University of Warwick and other partners from across the UK archives community. Funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the project aimed to establish a collaborative approach to managing digital preservation risk and to bring statistical risk management methods into the digital heritage sphere.

Having assessed the project against its declared outcomes, the DPC’s evaluation report summarises key findings, strengths, weaknesses and outputs of the project, before concluding that the project has met and, in several respects, exceeded its declared outcomes.

One of the key outcomes of the project was the ‘DiAGRAM’ (the Digital Archives Graphical Risk Assessment Model) decision support tool which models and quantifies risks to digital content.

“The project has produced a well thought out and professional tool that is both flexible and intuitive and this achievement should be celebrated,” says Jenny Mitcham, Head of Good Practice and Standards for the DPC and co-author of the report.

“I think that the real impact of this project may not be felt for many years, firstly as the use of the tool gathers momentum within the archives community and secondly as the impacts of decisions made using the tool are felt.”

The project has reached a wide and impressive international audience and has gained community validation, in particular through its position as a finalist in the Digital Preservation Awards. The DPC's report goes on to include several recommendations to guide the further development of the project outputs for the benefit of the digital preservation community.

Supporting members in research projects is just one of the ways the DPC supports the digital preservation community. An international charitable foundation and advocate for digital preservation, the Coalition helps its members around the world to deliver resilient long-term access to digital content and services. It achieves this through community engagement, targeted advocacy work, training and workforce development, capacity building, good practice and standards, and through good management and governance.

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