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?

The Database preservation format, SIARD, is being revised. Comment on version 2 here:

Good series this:

After seeing so many big websites close without a thought for sustainability of the content they have generated/captured it’s nice to see one that doesn’t need the attentions of the Archive Team:

Ross Spencer: “This blog discusses what we have available in our toolkit for contributing more signatures to PRONOM for the benefit of the digital preservation community”

The end of Flash? Explained.

More work to adapt Archivematica for the preservation of research data, this time integration with Dataverse:

I was a little underwhelmed by the digital preservation topics covered by this survey. I’m not sure they’re asking the right questions: “…the data for this section of the survey shows dramatic year-to-year fluctuations which are unlikely to represent actual trends in library practice, but are more likely attributable to the difficulty of gathering this data in a consistent manner across a variety of repository systems and format types.”

“If audiovisual materials are more at-risk than paper-based formats, why is the continued focus of effort on digitizing paper-based formats, particularly unbound sheets (manuscripts, maps, posters, and works of arton paper)?” Surely this is because most digitisation is about access, and this what the external funders behind most digitisation work are interested in?

Two snippets of social media archiving news:


Lovely to see:

Definitely worth checking out:

Gary is thinking about putting pen to paper again. Support him here:

Great questions to wrap up this weeks news:

Round up all the AIPs in a field…


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