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The World’s Most At-risk Digital Materials Identified

Added on 30 November 2017

A ‘Bit List’ of the World’s Endangered Digital Species has been unveiled for the first time today as part of an international campaign to raise awareness of the need to preserve digital materials.

Co-ordinated and published by the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC), the Bit List draws parallels with the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species and identifies a number of data, software and storage types which, if appropriate action is not taken, could become ‘practically extinct.’

“Teletext and the BBC’s Ceefax are an example of digital material which is now practically extinct and cannot be accessed by any practical means,” explains Executive Director of the DPC, Dr. William Kilbride. “While this might not be seen as critical information, and the service has been replaced by a modern equivalent, it matters for two reasons.  Our libraries and archives have good collections of printed newspapers: but for the late 70’s, 80’s and 1990’s there’s a gap relating to this genre of online news.  That’s a concern for historians and journalists.  But more importantly, it demonstrates the trend to data loss, even for popular and well-funded services. That matters to us all.”

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UK Historic Environment Agencies launch Declaration for the Preservation of Digital Intellectual Record

Added on 30 November 2017

An alliance of key agencies concerned with the UK’s historic environment has launched their Declaration on Digital Preservation today at a ceremony at the Historic England offices on Tanner Row in York, on International Digital Preservation Day.

The alliance, called the Bedern Group, comprises the Archaeology Data Service, Historic England, Historic Environment Scotland and The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historic Monuments of Wales (RCAHMW). Their combined digital collections represent a rich resource for research and education, creative, cultural and commercial activity within the historic environment.

Chairman of the Commissioners for RCAHMW, Dr Eurwyn Wiliam was delighted with the initiative, saying “by publishing this Declaration, the Bedern Group hopes to inspire many more individuals and organizations to help secure the legacy of their own important digital collections for future generations.”

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Digital preservation community celebrates inaugural International Digital Preservation Day

Added on 30 November 2017

30th November 2017 marks the very first International Digital Preservation Day. Designed to raise awareness of digital preservation and to link a large, growing and widely dispersed digital preservation community, the day will bring together individuals and institutions from across the world, celebrating and profiling our work.

Digital materials are a core commodity for industry, commerce and government. They are fundamental for research, the law and medicine. The creative industries, cultural heritage and the media depend on reliable access to digital materials, while families and friends extend and sustain their relationships through digital interactions. 

Organized by the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) and supported by digital preservation networks around the world, International Digital Preservation Day is open to participation across all sectors, from anyone interested in securing our digital legacy. 

" International Digital Preservation Day is a fantastic opportunity to create a greater awareness of digital preservation and to celebrate all the great things we can do with data thanks to our continual efforts to preserve it,” explains Head of Advocacy and Communications for the DPC, Sarah Middleton. "Ultimately, we'd like that to translate into a wider understanding which permeates all aspects of society – business, policy making, and personal good practice."

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DPC Announces Scholarship for Audio-visual Archiving Winter School

Added on 29 November 2017

The Digital Preservation Coalition is pleased to offer one scholarship to its members to enable them to enable them to attend the 2018 Winter School for Audio-visual Archiving.

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The University of East Anglia becomes the Digital Preservation Coalition’s newest member

Added on 29 November 2017

The Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) is delighted to welcome the University of East Anglia (UEA) as its newest Associate Member today.

Through its teaching and research activities, the University of East Anglia (UEA) creates and collects a wide range of digital content, much of which needs to remain accessible and usable over time. The driver for the University of East Anglia joining as a Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) Associate at this time is for its Archives to develop better workflows and infrastructure to ingest ‘born digital’ material within its literary archive collections.

The University has a number of archives, such as the University Archives, the British Archive for Contemporary Writing (BACW) and the East Anglian Film Archive (EAFA), which are each engaged in digitisation and are beginning to collect born digital content. Steps are already in place to transfer and secure the files, but we wish to develop a more robust strategy for dealing with this content.

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