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New Year and New Opportunities to steer the Coalition

Added on 6 January 2021

DPC Members are invited to take up a series of new opportunities to guide the work of the Coalition.  A seat is available to join the DPC’s Executive Board and representatives are sought on four of the Sub-Committees which oversee and steer our work.

The DPC is governed by a small Executive Board comprising 12 directors drawn from the full members which meets quarterly to direct what we do. Directors have significant and immediate influence on the work of the DPC.  We renew the Executive Board annually with one or two directors stepping down. Thus in January 2021 we are seeking a new director to join us.

The Executive Board is supported by a series of Sub-Committees which ensure DPC’s plans and activities are tightly coupled to members’ needs. Care is taken to ensure that the Sub-Committees are diverse, and colleagues at all points in their careers, across all the parts of the Coalition and across all the sectors and agencies the DPC represents. 

Our Sub-Committee meets quarterly for around two hours, receiving reports about the DPC's work in specific areas, and reviewing plans for upcoming or new initiatives.  The Sub-Committees also filter and review grant applications and new or additional activities that arise throughout the year.  Each one is facilitated by a DPC staff member.

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Vacancy for Programme Manager at The British Library

10 January 2021

Boston Spa or St Pancras

£45,000 - £48,750

Fixed Term

Key dates for DPC meetings in 2021

Added on 6 January 2021

Members are advised that key dates for DPC Executive Board and Representative Council meetings are as follows:

  • 16 March – Representative Council and Executive Board

  • 15 June – Representative Council and Executive Board

  • 07 September – Representative Council and Executive Board

  • 07 December – Representative Council and Executive Board followed by AGM

Typically the Council meets in the late morning and is open to all full members; the Executive Board meets after a short lunch break and is intended for directors (though observers are welcome).  Times will be confirmed closer to the date of the meetings and we expect that we will be gathering online by video conference for the time being. 

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CSC ‒ IT Center for Science joins the Digital Preservation Coalition

Added on 1 January 2021

Finnish non-profit state enterprise CSC ‒ IT Center for Science has joined the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC), becoming the Coalition’s newest Associate Member. CSC 2012 LOGO RGB 72dpi

Funded by the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture, CSC has produced sustainable national digital preservation services for cultural heritage and research data in Finland since 2015. Services are developed in close collaboration with partner organisations to preserve their digital assets whilst other provisions include maintaining national digital preservation specifications, developing open-source software, maintaining hardware for preservation, and offering support for national organisations on various aspects of digital preservation.

“We believe that international collaboration is the way to successful digital preservation. Being part of the DPC, we look forward to benefitting from the experiences of all members and sharing our own national lessons-learned back to the community” explains Kimmo Koivunen, Development Manager for CSC. 

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The Postal Museum joins the Digital Preservation Coalition

Added on 1 January 2021

PMThe Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) welcomes The Postal Museum this new year, as they become Associate Members of the Coalition.

The Postal Museum, located in London, reveals five centuries of British social and communications history as seen through the eyes of its iconic postal service. The museum cares for the records generated by Royal Mail and Post Office Limited in the UK. These records constitute the business archive of the Post Office since 1637 and hold the status of Public Records under the Public Records Act 1967. The Postal Museum is also developing an archive of records generated by the museum itself. With this remit, The Postal Museum is currently working to develop capacity to transfer and preserve these records in a digital format.

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year (DPC closed from 18th Dec 2020 – 4th Jan 2021)

Added on 17 December 2020

dpcchristmasThank you for all your wonderful support throughout this strange year. Despite the challenges 2020 has presented, the DPC and the digital preservation community have proved that we can continue to support each other even though physically disconnected. While we may not have seen you face to face, we have had another tremendously successful year as a Coalition with highlights including the opening of our new DPC Office in Melbourne, we welcomed three new members of staff – Jaye Weatherburn, John McMillan and Amy Currie, we released new resources like Novice to Know-How online digital preservation training, the Digital Preservation Policy Toolkit and the Digital Preservation Procurement Toolkit, as well as contributing to the organisation of #WeMissiPRES, World Digital Preservation Day and the Digital Preservation Awards 2020... not to mention all our new DPC Members and Supporters. We are delighted to have you all as part of our community! 

We'll be closing our laptops from 17:00 GMT tomorrow, Friday 18th December and will reopen them again on Monday 4th January 2021. During that period, we will only be checking email intermittently.  

We hope you all have a good break, and we look forward to seeing you all again in 2021.

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Vacancy for Chief Technology Officer at DANS

3 January 2021

Den Haag

€6940 per month

Fixed Term

Vacancy at the DPC: Digital Preservation Analyst

11 January 2021

Grade 7, points 32- 39 (£35,845-£44,045) (Market Supplement Available)

Fixed Term

#DPConnect 2021

Added on 11 December 2020

#DPConnect will be back in 2021 with a new schedule!

Having provided an ongoing, online presence to connect the global digital preservation community as we worked in isolation through the pandemic, #DPConnect will return in 2021 as a weekly online space to drop in and discuss all things digital preservation.

The gatherings will remain short and informal, 30 minutes max, they will have no agenda and no themes – just come and talk about what you are working on, share work problems and challenges - or just say hello!

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Member preview of new Technology Watch Guidance Note – Which checksum algorithm should I use?

Added on 11 December 2020

The DPC has released a Member preview of the next in its series of Technology Watch Guidance Notes entitled Which checksum algorithm should I use? by Matthew Addis today.

As the title suggests, Which checksum algorithm should I use? is intended to help answer one of the perennial questions in digital preservation. Starting by defining key terms, the report goes on to identify the reasons for using checksums and the algorithms which could be applied, before providing practical advice on where to store checksums as well as some of the tools available to create checksums and perform fixity checks.

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