Added on 22 September 2023

The Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) welcomes Simon P. Wilson Archives Consultant to its Supporter Program.

Simon Wilson will be well known to the DPC community, having worked as Archivist at the University of Hull where he managed the University archives team based at the Hull History Centre. With more than 25 years of experience working across the Higher Education, local government and museum sectors, Simon focuses on the effective use of ICT including digitisation, collections management systems, websites and online catalogues, content management systems and digital preservation.

“As an archivist I am well aware of the importance of digital preservation. It is the biggest challenge faced by archives today and requires new skills and a new lexicon, but it also offers exciting new ways of providing access to digital archives content,” explains Simon.

“As an archives consultant I am delighted to become a DPC Supporter and to be part of this active community which is so engaged with preserving our digital heritage for future generations.”

Simon P. Wilson joins the DPC’s Supporter Program as its first sole trader, as - from August 2023 - the DPC offers a tiered fee structure designed to enable as many different types of organization to engage with the global DPC community through focused activities, as well as the DPC’s broader program of events. This offers a route to participation for sole traders and micro-agencies, those operating on a non-profit or charitable basis, companies who offer purely open-source solutions and new entrants into the digital preservation market, as well as larger agencies.

Sarah Middleton, Head of Advocacy and Community Engagement for the DPC, welcomed the news, saying: “A diversity of voices and approaches makes for a vibrant and diversified market of solutions, so I am thrilled that Simon will be participating in the DPC’s Supporter Program as our first sole trader, and see this as a great benefit to both members and Supporters.”

Simon P. Wilson will join the program for the 2023 Digital Preservation Futures webinar series and Panel Discussion, offering DPC members a chance to meet and chat to all Supporters.

All funds raised by the DPC Supporter Program will be used in first instance to support grants to members for training and workforce development, to subsidize training workshops or to sponsor DPC membership for charities and not-for-profits.

The DPC enables its members to deliver resilient long-term access to digital content and services through advocacy, community engagement, workforce development, capacity-building, good practice and good governance.


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