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Preservica webinar: Preservation in real time - 13th May

Added on 6 May 2020

In this day and age learning from the wider archival community is more important than ever. There is a critical need and opportunity to capture COVID-19 pandemic materials and in the past weeks, DPC Supporter Preservica has launched the #ourcovid19story initiative to assist archivists in sharing what materials are being captured and preserved and why this is important to their institution and the communities they serve.

Join this webinar and hear guest panelists from a range of sectors discuss their plans and projects, including the drivers for preserving in near real-time such as mandates to preserve public records, governance policies, internal & external communications, websites, oral histories, and ephemeral materials of historic interest. Panelists will go on to share best practice for collection methods, community engagement, and creating stakeholder value – with the opportunity for audience participation and engagement.

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Australasia Preserves releases pre-ingest and ingest training modules

Added on 6 May 2020

After two years in the making, the Australasia Preserves Digital Preservation Essentials Working Group is very pleased to be releasing their pre-ingest and ingest training modules, and are seeking feedback.

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COVID-19: The duty to document does not cease in a crisis, it becomes more essential

Added on 4 May 2020

[French and Spanish versions follow]

We, the signatories of this statement, call on governments, businesses, and research institutions around the world to document their decisions and transactions now and for the future. 

Building on the UNESCO communique ‘Turning the threat of COVID-19 into an opportunity for greater support to documentary heritage’ and reinforcing the call that decision-makers in the public and private sectors recognise the value of records management and archives, the statement has three calls to action: 

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Novice to Know-How: New online digital preservation training

Added on 4 May 2020

Today the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) and the UK National Archives celebrates the release of the Novice to Know-How online digital preservation training pathway with an online launch event. As part of The National Archives' ‘Plugged In Powered Up’ strategy, the free online training provides learners with the skills and confidence required to preserve the born-digital records held by their organisation.

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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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