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World Digital Preservation Day

About World Digital Preservation Day World Digital Preservation Day (formerly International Digital Preservation Day) is held on the last Thursday of every November. This year, on 29th November 2018, the digital preservation community will come together to celebrate the collections preserved, the access maintained and the understanding fostered by preserving digital materials. The aim of the day is to create greater awareness of digital preservation that will translate into a wider...

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Special Invitation to DPC Members – Talk on EDGI’s Monitoring of US Federal Websites on Climate Change, Energy, and the Environment

Description Invitation to Attend a Talk by Raymond Cha of the Environmental Data & Governance Initiative (EDGI) on Monitoring US Federal Websites on Climate Change, Energy, and the Environment DPC Members have been invited to register for a talk by Raymond Cha of the Environmental Data & Governance Initiative (EDGI) on the Initiative’s work monitoring US federal websites. For the last year and a half, EDGI has been keeping track of around 30,000 US federal websites (.gov) for changes in...

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So Long, and Thanks For All the Bits: Migrating Your Data Between Repositories

The DPC invites you to join a briefing on repository migration: from choosing an application with a robust exit strategy to extracting valuable data from legacy systems. The day will feature speakers from various institutions, as well as demonstrations by a selection of repository vendors. In the afternoon, participants will join in a workshop session to explore and exchange approaches with other practitioners. Description Digital repositories are a safe place to hold our endangered digital...

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Digital Preservationists Anonymous

Summary Many times what we perceive as an error or failure is actually a gift. And eventually we find that lessons learned from that discouraging experience prove to be of great worth. Richelle E. Goodrich DPC Members please login to register. We all know that the most valuable learning is often made when trying things out in practice and sometimes making mistakes. Sharing that experience in a public forum is, unfortunately, not usually an option however. This event, held the evening...

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Web Archiving & Preservation Task Force Reconvened

Description This will be the first reconvened meeting of the Web Archiving & Preservation Task Force where participants will discuss and agree on the new Terms of Reference and commence discussions on the topics important to their institutions, their collections, and their users. The Task Force was first formed in 2010 in an effort to coordinate national web archiving programmes. In recent years, however, new developments in web archiving have emerged and many more organisations have turned...

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Digital Preservation Awards launched for 2018

The search for the very best work in digital preservation across all sectors has begun again this year, with the launch of the 2018 Digital Preservation Awards! Entry is now open for nominations as part of the most prominent celebration of achievement for those people and organizations who have made significant and innovative contributions to securing our digital legacy. This year the exciting process will culminate in a spectacular awards ceremony in Amsterdam, as part of an International...

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Member Training Needs Survey - Deadline Extended to 18th May

*Survey deadline extended, now open until 18th May* As part of our ongoing commitment to reviewing and improving our outputs, the DPC is asking members to complete a short survey on their training needs. The survey takes no more than 5-10 minutes to complete and will be open until Friday 11th May. We would like to collect as many individual responses as possible, so please do circulate information on the survey to any colleagues who may have an interest in digital preservation training. A...

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Digital preservation at the UNMICT: the year in retrospect...

The United Nations International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (Mechanism) was established in December 2010 by the United Nations Security Council as the successor of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) and the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY). It began operations in Arusha in 2012 and in The Hague in 2013. According to its Statute, the Mechanism is mandated to, among other things, preserve and provide access to the archives of the...

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Planning for digital preservation version 2

The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) completed a digital preservation project in March 2015. At that point, we had implemented a solution which included: A standalone quarantine / virus checking solution; The use of existing software, e.g. DROID, Bagger, TreeSize Pro; A MS Excel tool to assist with the generation and manipulation of metadata; Software to validate checksums and create archival information packages; A digital repository to store and validate the digital...

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Advocating for advocacy

DPC members might remember some work we (on the Advocacy & Communications Sub-Committee) started a while ago to create an ‘Executive Briefing Pack’…? Born out of calls from the Coalition’s membership for more resources to support internal advocacy, the Executive Briefing Pack would sit alongside the Digital Preservation Handbook and the Digital Preservation Business Case Toolkit, providing easy access to the straightforward points that need to be understood before decisions on preservation...

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Sic Transit Gloria Digitalis: The BitList in Beta

I spent most of the latter half of November locked in a life or death battle with Microsoft Excel, arranging, sorting and making sense of entries to the BitList. I seem to have survived this ordeal-by-spreadsheet, even if myriad little boxes containing doubtful formulae dance restlessly through the half-darkness of my closed eyes. The BitList is a simple enough proposition - a list of digital content and types that are called out for special attention because the digital preservation...

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What exactly did I get up to last year?

Another year flies by very quickly. Happy 2018! Always a useful time to sit back and think about what was achieved last year. So I started off the year with an ambitious list of things that I wanted to achieve (note to self - *never* do that again!) As usual I had a mixture of successes and setbacks. All of this helps contribute to both my own understanding about how to work effectively in digital preservation and hopefully the shared understanding of the wider community. Though I...

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APTrust and the Draft Declaration of Shared Values

Chip German is program director of the Academic Preservation Trust, and he is senior director for content stewardship and scholarly communication at the University of Virginia Library. Hello to the DPC community from the Academic Preservation Trust.  As some of you know, we’re a consortium of US-based university libraries at research-intensive institutions working together to do digital preservation of the academic and cultural record at scale. I won’t bore you with background that...

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Significance & Authenticity: A Briefing

The DPC and Tate invite you to join us for a briefing on applying the principles of significance and authenticity to digital objects. The event provides a forum for practitioners from different backgrounds to explore and exchange approaches and methods. 

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Preserving digital cultural heritage: Better together!

{jcomments on} Barbara Signori is Head of e-Helvetica at the Swiss National Library, Bern. The Swiss National Library has a mandate to collect, catalogue, store and disseminate the cultural heritage created in Switzerland and abroad by and about the Swiss. This sounds like a clear enough mission, but dig deeper and this mandate raises all sorts of tough questions especially in a digital world. First of all, what is digital cultural heritage? Obviously it goes far beyond e-books and...

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Web preservation demands access

Daniel Gomes is Arquivo.pt Service Manager for the Foundation for Science and Technology in Portugal. "Collect the web to preserve it?! I don't envy that job." That is a direct quote from my first "real-world" meeting. I was 23 years old, I had just graduated from the University and that was my first job. We were in the year 2000. One year later, we had developed a running prototype to perform selective collection of online publications. It was the first effort to preserve the...

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The Costs of Inaction: advocating for digital preservation

Neil Beagrie is Director of Consultancy at Charles Beagrie Ltd Illustration by Jørgen Stamp digitalbevaring.dk CC BY 2.5 Denmark Traditionally the major challenge in digital preservation has been seen to be technology obsolesence.  However, arguably the organisational challenges, particularly funding (and advocacy for funding), have proved to be much more significant over time. In recent years an increasing number of community efforts have focussed on helping organisations to...

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Collaboration is essential for Digital Preservation

Thomas Ledoux is Co-ordinator of Digital Production at the National Library of France Digital preservation, seen from the outside, may appear as a very technical topic where you only talk about formats, storage, infrastructure and the like. Indeed, in order to appraise, audit or ingest digital material, a certain degree of technical expertise is needed. But when you follow these steps, it becomes clear that the first requirement is collaborating and building up communities, because what...

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Plans are my reality

{jcomments on} Yvonne Tunnat is Preservation Manager at the ZBW Leibniz Information Centre for Economics I was fresh from university when I started my job as a preservation manager in October 2011 at the ZBW. Having taken a module named “Digital Preservation” during my studies of library and information science and after a 9-week-internship at the Digital Preservation Department of the university of Utah, I obviously was the best they could find for the job, although I knew next...

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Where is the real risk?

Carl Grant is Associate Dean/Chief Technology Officer at University of Oklahoma Libraries It’s always one of my goals in my role, to watch emerging technologies and to try and identify those that, per the model Geoffrey Moore established, will “cross the chasm” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crossing_the_Chasm ) and have an impact in research and pedagogy.  This is always a risky move.  You can be totally wrong, spend a fair amount of money and have little to show at the...

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