Digital Preservation Awards 2020: Meet the Judges

Added on 13 July 2020

The Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) is delighted to introduce its international panel of expert judges for the 2020 Digital Preservation Awards, as nominations remain open for the most prestigious celebration of significant and innovative contributions to securing our digital legacy.

As in 2018, the Digital Preservation Awards expert Judging Panel represents digital preservation interests from all sectors and from around the world.

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Version 1.0 of the Oxford Common File Layout (OCFL) Released

Added on 9 July 2020

The OCFL Editors are pleased to announce version 1.0 of the Oxford Common File Layout, reflecting over 24 months of work by the OCFL Editors and the digital preservation and technology communities.

The initiative originated in September 2017 from informal discussions at a Fedora/Samvera camp in Oxford, UK. These discussions identified the need for a simple, non-proprietary, specified, open-standards approach to the layout of files for the purpose of preservation persistence. Subsequently, a kickoff community meeting attracted 47 attendees from 32 institutions, confirming the need and resulting in the establishment of the OCFL Editors team.

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5 facts about digital heritage on portable media

Added on 2 July 2020

Almost all heritage institutions have them: CDs, DVDs and floppy discs bearing digital heritage. Unfortunately, at about 40% of the Dutch heritage institutions this material is in danger of being lost, according to a recently published study by the Dutch Digital Heritage Network (DDHN). That is … if no action is taken now.

"The information on these CDs and other so-called physical carriers belongs to collections and should therefore be permanently accessible," says Niels Komen, project leader of the DDHN project Endangered Digital Heritage on Portable Media. This spring, his project group conducted research among 150 Dutch heritage institutions.

Niels: "We saw that many heritage institutions don’t really know what to do with floppy disks, CD-ROMs or a hard disk. Sometimes because there is no equipment available to read them, sometimes because the carrier has been damaged over the years. But if action is not taken in time, in many cases the content of the carrier will be lost forever."

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Second call for Digital Preservation Awards nominations: submit by 10th August 2020

Added on 29 June 2020

With six weeks left to submit your nominations, do not miss your opportunity for recognition as part of the most prominent celebration of achievement for those people and organisations around the world who have made significant and innovative contributions to securing our digital legacy!

Send your nominations by 09:00 am (BST) on Monday 10th August and be in with a chance of being named the best in your field of expertise.

Entry to the Digital Preservation Awards is free and open to all, apply now!

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Digital Repository of Ireland Early Career Research Award 2020

Added on 24 June 2020

The Digital Repository of Ireland invites early career researchers to apply for our annual Research Award. This Award grants a prize to an original piece of research (e.g. research done for Master’s or PhD thesis, article or publication) informed in whole, or in part, by objects/collections deposited in DRI. Unpublished research will also be considered, as long as the work is intended for eventual publication.

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Vacancy for Data Engineer at The National Archives

2 July 2020

Richmond upon Thames, London



Registration Open: Rethinking Digital Preservation in a Time of Crisis – A Collaborative 2-day Online Training Event 7-8th July 2020

Added on 18 June 2020

Registration and Call for Proposals are open for ‘Rethinking Digital Preservation in a Time of Crisis’, a collaborative 2-day online training event organised by the Digital Curation Lab, Redeye, and the Photographic Collections Network.

Event background

During the Covid-19 lockdown we all became acutely aware of one of the most essential values of digital preservation: remote access. Most physical collections, libraries, and archives were closed down for several weeks. Working from home is problematic, especially when we keep in mind that we rather than working from home by design or choice, we are actually at home during a crisis trying to work. While not immediately evident, there’s a great difference between these two ways of working from home. In any case, primary access to collections is now digital more than ever. This brings the need for better understanding in digital preservation and the development of skills for digital curation to the fore more than ever before.

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