Added on 14 July 2017

The Digital Preservation Coalition welcomes Durham University as its latest Associate Member this week.

While the University looks after parchment, paper and other physical documents going back centuries, digital material presents new challenges for both storage and retrieval. A new Digital Repository will provide capacity for the storage, preservation and dissemination of digital material of all kinds; including open access research publications, research data, theses, digitised versions of items from archives, rare books, museum and art collections, and the archives of the University. The repository is crucial to the University’s dissemination of research outputs, compliance with research funding requirements, and managed access to digital resources of all kinds, for research, education, administration, external engagement and communication.

“Digital materials continue to evolve rapidly, and the pace of change is a challenge to libraries and archives that wish to maintain access in perpetuity,” observes Matthew Phillips, the University’s Head of Digital and Bibliographic Services. “We hope that membership of the DPC will play a key part in enabling us to meet this challenge, by giving access to information, assistance, and opportunities to learn from other institutions in developing our digital strategy.”

“We are delighted that the University of Durham has joined the DPC,” said Executive Director of the DPC, William Kilbride. “They join a group of dedicated Higher Education and research institutions who are committed to ensuring future generations can continue to access our digital legacy, and we look forward to working with them immensely on this shared challenge.”

The DPC helps members to deliver resilient long-term access to digital content and services, helping them to derive enduring value from digital collections. The coalition also raises awareness of the attendant strategic, cultural and technological challenges and supports members through advocacy, workforce development, capacity-building and partnership.

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