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At a ceremony in Amsterdam this month, the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) and the Dutch Coalition for Digital Preservation (NCDD), joined forces to help agencies in the UK, Ireland and the Netherlands address the complex challenge of making sure our collected digital memory can be accessed into the future.
‘Although we depend on them for so much of our daily routine, digital objects can be fragile’ explained William Kilbride of the DPC. ‘They are so ubiquitous that it’s easy to treat them as treat them as disposable. But the reality is that many of these resources are going to be valuable in the future too and we are poorly prepared to ensure long term access. Identifying those items which will be important, and securing items sounds like a simple question: but in practice it involves a many different types of expertise and different types of agency too.’
‘NCDD is a coalition of leading institutions in the Netherlands, with the goal of encouraging knowledge exchange and co-operation in of digital preservation,’ explained Marcel Ras, of NCDD. ‘We’ve always understood that collaboration is important for digital preservation, and because it is an international challenge it makes sense to work with partners around the world. DPC has had an impressive impact on digital preservation in the UK and Ireland so we’re delighted that we’ll be working more closely with them in the future.’
‘Our organisations have collaborated in a variety of practical ways in the past but up till now this has tended to be on an ad hoc basis.’ explained William Kilbride ‘Our real strengths are our members. This new alliance is designed so that our members can work more closely together and on a regular basis.’
Registration Opens for 'Sustainability: Securing the Value of Digital Assets ', The Hague, 10th-11th Dec
The APARSEN project is delighted to announce that registration has opened for our latest training event, organised by DANS and focusing on issues relating to sustainability and digital preservation.
Society is generating a vast amount of digitally encoded information, upon which it depends. Some of this will be needed for a long time. Those who have responsibility for preservation may well have asked themselves the following:
- How can I justify the resources needed for digital preservation?
- How long must the resources be committed?
- How can I estimate the resources needed and how can I keep these to a minimum?
- How can I plan to cope as the volume increases over time?
The APARSEN project has been working to collect, evaluate and develop key answers to these questions. This two day training event, from the APARSEN project, will focus on the topic of “Sustainability” in relation to the preservation of digital objects and will present some of these answers. The training aims at presenting state of the art developments in relation to four key sustainable preservation practices. These are:
- The infrastructural dimension through the analysis of suitable storage solutions that help enable reliable permanent access
- The operational dimension through the identification, evaluation and proposal of competitive Digital Preservation Services
- The monitoring and performance management of DP activities through cost models and their components
- The underlying business dimension of digital preservation sustainability by means of modern management approaches and instruments such as value propositions, business cases and business modelling
The training will be offered as a mix of expert presentations, group exercises and discussion. The DPC will be meeting the cost of course fees for it's members and pariticpants should select the 'APARSEN or APA member' option when registering. Registration is now open via the APARSEN website: http://bit.ly/1aCaME3
This training event is generously subsidised through the APARSEN project by the European Community’s 7th Framework Programme for Research and Development FP7/2007-2013 – ICT-2009.4.1: Digital Libraries and Digital Preservation (grant agreement No 269977).
Slides now available for 'Getting Started in Digital Preservation' Dublin
Slides from our 'Getting Started in Digital Preservation' event in Dublin are now available online. It was fantastic to see such a huge turnout, the largest in DPC history, so a huge thank you to all who came and made the day such a great success. Big thanks especially to our hosts at the Royal Irish Academy, and to all our speakers for providing such a comprehensive introduction to the subject of digital preservation.
This year's roadshow has been even more popular than the last, with each of the stops selling out well ahead of time. We have one last stop at The National Archives at Kew Gardens in December this year, but we'll be back in 2014 with more events. Check out our prospectus for a full run down of all other events, and watch this space for details...
AGM of the DPC, 5th December 2013, Edinburgh
DPC members are cordially invited to the Coalition's Annual General Meeting 2013. This will start at 1500 at The National Records of Scotland, H M General Register House, 2 Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3YY Scotland. Tea and coffee will be available from 1445. Any person associated with any member organisation is welcome, as are all personal members. Note however that each member organisation has only one vote which is cast corporately. Personal members attend as observers.
The Agenda for the meeting is as follows.
1445 Tea/coffee available (associate members arrive)
1500 AGM Starts.
1. Welcome (Kevin Ashley)
2. Introduction and formal notice of meeting
4. Minutes of the Tenth AGM, held on Monday 3rd December 2012, London (DPCAGM1312B)
5. 2012-3 Annual Report of the DPC (William Kilbride – Verbal Report)
a. DPC Core Programme 2012-13
b. Major Projects 2012-13
6. The 2012-13 Annual Accounts of the DPC (Jackie Senior, G&E) (DPCAGM1312C)
7. Election of Chair and Vice-Chair of the DPC
a. Laura Mitchell (NRS) nominated for election as chair
b. Kevin Ashley (DCC) nominated for re-election as vice chair
8. 4C - the Collaboration to Clarify the Costs of Curation (Sarah Norris)
9. Any other business
By 1600 close
Papers will be circulated to all members before the meeting. Members attending in person are asked to contact
to confirm attendance. Members wishing to send delegates or proxies are invited to do so, and proxy nomination forms are available. In the event that members seek to attend by teleconference please let us know. We are currently investigating the feasibility of this.
Registration Opens for 'Procuring Preservation', London 13th Dec
The Digital Preservation Coalition is delighted to invite members to a briefing day will explore themes related to procuring and implementing digital preservation solutions, especially where that involves establishing and describing requirements for developers, programmers and vendors, London 13th December.
Digital preservation typically involves a wide range of skills and it’s unusual to find all the necessary skills in one person. Even larger organisations find it necessary to employ consultants to help them develop or deploy solutions. A new market of digital preservation tools and services is emerging into which a series of companies and not-for-profit agencies are now supplying products. The market could be characterised as a meeting between ‘problem owners’ and ‘solution providers’. But in an emerging field with rapidly changing technology and unclear requirements it can be hard for the right problem owner to find with the right solution provider. This problem is exacerbated in two ways: firstly collection owners typically have limited practical experience of specifying their requirements which makes it hard – if not impossible – for developers to understand and meet their needs; secondly procurement managers – already struggling with significant budget pressures - find it hard to assess statements about the quality of solutions proposed. This can add delay and confusion to a process which is already complicated. It means that even organisations which properly understand their digital preservation needs can be frustrated in solving them, while solution providers have to meet impractical and at times nonsensical expectations.
This day-long briefing is intended to provider a neutral forum where solution providers and problem owners can talk directly and without prejudice about the challenges they face. The dialogue that results should clarify the process of requirements-gathering and lower the barriers to effective procurement.
For more details including an outline programme to register see:
- Slides now available from 'Preservation, Trust and Continuing Access to e-Journals'
- 'Preservation, Trust and Continuing Access for e-Journals’
- Back by popular demand: Getting Started in Digital Preservation, London 6th December
- e-Journals 'Summit' and Webinar 30th October: Priority Registration Now Open for Members
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