Outline of report on 'Preservation Trust and Continuing Access to E-Journals' now available

Added on 20 April 2012

The DPC and Neil Beagrie (of Charles Beagrie Ltd) are delighted to publish the outline for a new Technology Watch Report on 'Preservation, Trust and Continuing Access to E-Journals'.  This report, which will become the ninth in the popular series,will provide a guide to current developments, practical and emerging issues which organisations are facing in the area of preservation, trust and continuing access for e-journals and in addition generic lessons on issues of outsourcing and trust learnt in this field of interest to a wider community.  The report has been supported by a member briedifing day held in January and is due for completion in July 2012.

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Planning Day 18th May 2012 - 'Assurance and Practice', registration now open

Added on 18 April 2012

The DPC is delighted to invite members to our annual planning day, in York on the 17th / 18th May 2012.  The Planning Day is an informal but informative opportunity for all of the Coalition, as well as our partners overseas, to contribute to the direction of the Coalition. This year the planning day has the theme of 'Assurance and Practice'. 

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Digital Resilience and Digital Preservation London 21st May: Registration Opens for Members

Added on 10 April 2012

We are pleased to announce that online registration for members to attend our next expert briefing day on the topic of ‘Digital Preservation and Digital Resilience’ in London on the 21st May is now available:

Resilience is an increasingly important topic in the provision of digital services. Digital technology offers the prospect of ‘24/7’ services, a model which can only be sustained through constant monitoring and planning to ensure continuity of service. Increasing demands on the networks, increasing concerns about security, and increasing economic and social consequences from their failure, makes resilience a pressing concern. Business continuity planning continually refines and extends these protections to ensure that the right services are supplied to the right people at the right time.

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Happy Easter (office closed till Tuesday)

Added on 5 April 2012

The DPC offices will be closed between 1700 on Thursday 5th April to 0900 on Tuesday 10th for the Easter holiday.  We won't be checking email or answering the phones till then.  Happy Easter! 

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Manuscript of 'Curation, the Cloud and Cultual Heritage' released to members

Added on 16 March 2012

DPC Executive Director, William Kilbride, was invited to a small workshop in London at the start of March on the broad topic of ‘Curation and The Cloud’  The manuscript of his invited paper 'Curation, The Cloud and Cultural Heritage' has been released for members: (login required)

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DPC Offers Scholarships to attend Digital preservation Training Progamme in May 2012

Added on 5 March 2012

DPC is offering scholarships so that members can attand the Digital Preservation Training programme in May 2012.  This is the seventh time the Coalition has offered such scholarships. 

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Members' preview of 'Preserving Moving Pictures and Sound' Technology Watch Report

Added on 1 March 2012

DPC is delighted to offer members a preview of our latest Technology Watch Report ‘Preserving Moving Pictures and Sound’, written by Richard Wright, formerly of the BBC. 

‘Moving image and sound content is at great risk’, explained Richard Wright, the report’s author.  ‘Surveys have shown that 74 per cent of professional collections are small: 5,000 hours or less. Such collections have a huge challenge if their holdings are to be preserved. About 85 per cent of sound and moving image content is still analogue, and in 2005 almost 100 per cent was still on shelves rather than being in files on mass storage. Surveys have also shown that in universities there is a major problem of material that is scattered, unidentified, undocumented and not under any form of preservation plan. These collection surveys are from Europe and North America because there is no survey of the situation in the UK, in itself a cause for concern.’

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First 'SPRUCE' Digital Preservation Mashup, Glasgow 16-18 April

Added on 21 February 2012

The SPRUCE Project at the University of Leeds, with the London School of Economics, British Library, Digital Preservation Coalition and the Open Planets Foundation cordially invite you to the first SPRUCE Digital Preservation Mashup, Marriott Hotel, Glasgow, Glasgow G3 8RR 16-18 April 2012.

Sustainable PReservation Using Community Engagement (SPRUCE) project has been funded by JISC to inspire, guide, support and enable HE, FE and cultural institutions to address digital preservation gaps; and to use the knowledge gathered from that activity to articulate a compelling business case for digital preservation.  We aim to foster a vibrant and self-supporting community of digital preservation practitioners via a mixture of online interaction and face to face events. To get the ball rolling we are organising a series of free events around the UK (based on the successful AQuA Project) that will provide support and technical expertise to address the real digital preservation challenges that institutions face. The best work from event attendees will be awarded funding to develop the activity and embed it within business as usual processes. £60k is available for these awards.

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Email tomorrow … and next year … and forever: Preserving Email report published

Added on 16 February 2012

Preserving Email, a new report from the DPC, gives practical advice on how to ensure email remains accessible

Email is a defining feature of our age and a critical element in all manner of transactions. Industry and commerce depend upon email; families and friendships are sustained by it; government and economies rely upon it; communities are created and strengthened by it.  Voluminous, pervasive and proliferating, email fills our days like no other technology.  Complex, intangible and essential, email manifests important personal and professional exchanges.  The jewels are sometimes hidden in massive volumes of ephemera, and even greater volumes of trash.  But it is hard to remember how we functioned before the widespread adoption of email in public and private life.

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DPC announces scholarships to Digital Futures Academy, London March 2012

Added on 14 February 2012

The Digital Preservation Coalition’s Leadership Programme has awarded five scholarships so that members can send staff to the Digital Futures Academy in London in March.   The long list of applicants was examined by a small review committee, and candidates were selected against three criteria – the role that the course would have in their career development, the benefits that accrue to a DPC member from attendance, and the extent to which digital preservation was part of their organisational role.

The selected candidates are:

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