Roughly weekly news and opinions from the Digital Preservation Coalition’s Head of Research and Practice, Paul Wheatley. Opinions are the opinions of Paul and those featured. Not the DPC. They’re just opinions, ok?

Short and sweet this week, as everyone goes into holiday mode. I was on a second holiday of my own, at WOMAD Festival, but had chance to catch a talk from Richard Ranft of the BL. The BL Sound Archive has been recording world music performances at WOMAD for the last 30 years and has built up an incredible collection:

New version of Bit Curator: “This is the first public release of BitCurator built with our new bootstrap and upgrade automation tool (, significantly reducing the size of both the ISO and the VM. This is also the first public release in which all BitCurator reporting tools are installed for all users, and the first public release to include built-in support for USB 3.0 devices when used with VirtualBox 5.0 and up.”

Considering Archivematica for preserving research data…?

And follow up funding will enable some modifications to Archivematica make research data preservation easier:

And more from Jisc’s research data spring:

Not a brilliant week for democracy:

On information governance and digital preservation:

More cool/geeky stuff in the BL sound archive:

And I’ll wander even further off topic and wrap up with this excellent TED talk by Jon Ronson of “So you’ve been publicly shamed” fame:

I hear the roar of the big machine


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