Switch-off Friday - 1st May 2020

Added on 1 May 2020

We’re changing a little bit how the DPC works.

From today (Friday 1st May) and until the lockdown is over, we’re giving staff an additional half day of leave each week.  All staff will be taking this at more or less the same time – Friday afternoons – so that work doesn’t accumulate and the benefit of the leave can be optimised.  There are a few meetings and activities already in the diary for Fridays, so we’ll stick to those, but where that happens we’ll start later on the following Monday.

We're doing this in recognition of how hard the pandemic and lock down has been for staff, but also out of recognition for how well staff have responded to the extraordinary circumstance.  They have worked incredibly hard and with enormous goodwill.

So we’re switching off at 1300 today and we’ll cancel the Friday night #DPConnect. 

Have a great weekend and we’ll see you all bright and refreshed on the other side.

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DPC releases digital preservation policy toolkit for members

Added on 30 April 2020

The Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) has released a new resource designed to assist its members in the construction of a digital preservation policy.

Exclusively for DPC Member institutions and developed with a team from the University of Bristol, the Digital Preservation Policy Toolkit guides users from initial research and preparation phases, through to drafting a policy, gathering feedback and communicating the finished policy. 

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BitCurator Users Forum remote presentation, extended deadline

Added on 24 April 2020

The Program Committee is excited to announce that we are now accepting proposals for remote conference presentations. We think that providing this option will increase participation and lead to a fuller, more engaging program. Perhaps most importantly, making participation in the Forum open to people with limited or no travel funds will increase equity. Unfortunately, we expect reduced travel budgets to be a reality for many potential participants this year, but it is always an issue for current students, new graduates, and those at smaller and/or under-resourced institutions. Planning for this from the outset will leave us prepared in the event that we have to shift the Forum to an entirely virtual format. As in previous years, presentations will be streamed online free of cost.

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National and State Libraries Australia (NSLA) joins the Digital Preservation Coalition

Added on 23 April 2020

NSLALogo horizontalThe Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) is delighted to welcome National and State Libraries Australia (NSLA) this week, as they become the Coalition’s newest Full Member.

As the body representing Australia’s national, state and territory libraries, NSLA has had a collaborative digital preservation focus since 2011. Maintaining an active group of digital preservation practitioners representing each of its nine member libraries, NSLA engages in collaborative project work on matters of mutual concern and provides support to its members as a professional development network.

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Shaping Digital Preservation Coalition Australasia

Added on 23 April 2020

Following the launch of the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) office in Melbourne, members in Australia meet today as the DPC Australasia Stakeholder Group for the first time.

The Stakeholder Group has been constituted to ensure that members in Australia, New Zealand and surrounding areas inform the development of the local program and can direct the DPC’s activities to meet their own particular needs. 

Providing a forum where members in Australasia can articulate their needs, the Stakeholder Group will guide and oversee activities relating to the Coalition’s core objectives in the region, reporting to the DPC’s Executive Board and ensuring that the DPC remains true to its values and mission.

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Digital Preservation Futures Webinar Series 2020: Registration now open for DPC Members

Added on 22 April 2020

Registration is now open for our annual ‘Digital Preservation Futures’ members-only webinar series. Starting on 12th May, this series will showcase the current product and service offerings of each of our DPC Supporters and will accompany our ‘Connecting the Bits’ Members Unconference and associated event ‘A Guide to Digital Preservation Procurement: Launch Event, Workshop and Briefing,’ both of which will be held online on 23rd and 24th June.

As a prelude to the events in June, speakers from each of the DPC’s Supporter organisations will share how their offerings relate to DPC Member and customer needs through a short presentation, and through discussion with DPC staff and attendees.

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Novice to Know-How: Register now for free online digital preservation training

Added on 21 April 2020

The Digital Preservation Coalition and The UK National Archives are offering access to free online digital preservation training from Friday 1st May as they launch their Novice to Know-How initiative.

With priority given to the UK Archive Sector and DPC Member institutions, learners are invited to register for access to this brand-new resource by 30th April 2020.

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How Researchers Use the Archived Web: DPC publishes first in new Technology Watch Guidance Note Series

Added on 16 April 2020

The DPC has launched a new series of Technology Watch Guidance Notes which complement its popular Technology Watch Reports. The first of these Guidance Notes is now available for DPC Members and is titled How Researchers Use the Archived Web, by Peter Webster (requires member login).

How Researchers Use the Archived Web orients organisations engaged in Web archiving (or those intending to be), to the kinds of uses researchers might expect to make of the content they collect. It aims to support the development of programs of user research and engagement, and in turn inform collection development policies and the design of discovery and access services.

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Reminder for Call for Papers: Data for Policy 2020 - Documenting Data and Data Science

Added on 7 April 2020

Data for Policy 2020 is still hoping to be held at UCL, London, UK on 15-16 September 2020.

This conference series is the premier global forum for multiple disciplinary and cross-sector discussions around the theories, applications and implications of data science innovation in governance and the public sector – see for further details.

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