New Year - and New Chair for DPC: Richard Ovenden

Added on 11 January 2010

The DPC starts the new year with a new chair: Richard Ovenden, Associate Director and Keeper of Special Collections, Bodleian Library, University of Oxford was elected chair of the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) at our AGM in November 2009.

Founded 2001, the DPC is a not-for-profit membership organisation whose primary objective is to raise awareness of the importance of the preservation of digital material and the attendant strategic, cultural and technological issues. 

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Archaeology Data Service joins the DPC

Added on 11 January 2010

The DPC is pleased to announce that the Archaeology Data Service at the University of York has become the latest organisation to join the coalition.

'The Archaeology Data service is a national data archive for archaeology and related disciplines in the UK', explained Prof Julian Richards, director of the ADS.  'We are the mandated archive for archaeological data for the AHRC and NERC and work closely with a variety of national agencies such as English Heritage, to ensure the long term preservation and dissemination of digital data. We currently curate more than 250 archives covering thousands of archaeological projects, as well as a wealth of digital library resources.  There is a broad range of data types and several terabytes of data.'

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Deadline approaching for prospective members at DPC/PLANET workshop

Added on 4 January 2010

The DPC is sponsoring places so that members can attend the forthcoming Planets workshop in London 9-11th February.   This offer is available for prospective members provided that they can submit their applications by Friday 8th January. More details of the workshop can be found here.

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year (office closed)

Added on 24 December 2009

DPC wishes a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all our members, friends and allies.  Note that the office will be closed between lunchtime on 23rd December and 0900 on 4th January.  Staff may collect email intermittently

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New Website Released

Added on 23 December 2009

The DPC has comprehensively updated and renewed its website - our first major makeover since being set up in 2001.  The new site allows members to log in and edit content directly, and it uses Web 2.0 technology to draw content from remote sources.  Based on the open source content management system JOOMLA, the new site was built for the DPC by Cybermedia

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Dates Confirmed for Digital preservation Roadshow in Aberystwyth (22/1/10 and Cardiff (15/02/10)

Added on 21 December 2009

The DPC, Society of Archivists and CyMAL are pleased to announce the next (and final) stops for the Digital Preservation Roadshow - the National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth on 22/1/10) and Glamorgan Archives in Cardiff (15/02/10). For details including programme and registration, see the booking form on the Welsh Assembly Government website.

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DPC - Planets Workshop February 2010

Added on 19 December 2009

DPC members have a free priority booking for day one of Digital Preservation the Planets Way in London on 9th Feb (normal price 95 Euros) and a discount for days two and three (DPC price 145 Euros, normally 199Euros). For more details see the attached announcement.

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The Content Strategist as Digital Curator (from OCLC)

Added on 8 December 2009

A List Apart, December 8, 2009 

SUMMARY: Feeding the Web. Our Web sites are important assets and curating them is an essential part of our overall organizational strategy. Balancing timely and timeless content, using analytics to better understand users' needs and managing the conversation flow are the building blocks for success in any business. Read on for more reasons not to skimp on Web site management when it's budget time.

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Short-Term Memory and Web Usability (from OCLC)

Added on 7 December 2009

Jakob Nielsen's Alertbox, December 7, 2009

SUMMARY: "Designing for cavemen." That's how Nielsen describes his approach toward Web design that takes into account human limitations in short-term memory (for instance, the average human brain can hold only seven chunks of information at a time and these fade from memory within 20 seconds). Check out the article for some suggestions on how to create menus that are manageable (too short is almost as bad as too long) and create a common sense Web navigation strategy that makes the most of those precious 20 seconds.

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DPC Leadership Programme funds six member scholarships for Digital Preservation Training Programme

Added on 14 October 2009

The Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) has awarded six scholarships so that members can attend the Digital Preservation Training Programme (DPTP) in London in October.

‘We wrote to our members in August offering three scholarships that meet the costs of attendance at the next session of the programme’, explained Bruno Longmore, Chair of the DPC.  ‘The judging panel was so impressed by the scale and quality of the response that they asked if we could extend the number of grants available. Given the clear evidence of demand and given how hard it can be to find other sources of support we decided to take the unusual step of funding three additional places.’

The following were selected by a small panel of judges which met to review the unexpectedly large number of applications submitted:

  • Joy Ardill of the Public Records Office of Northern Ireland
  • Ceri Forster of the Society of Archivists working in the Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester
  • Polly Parry of the Natural History Museum
  • Sarah Philips of RLUK working in Cardiff University
  • Anusha Ranganathan of Oxford University Library Service
  • Shane Start of the British Library
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