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?

If writing a meta-blog isn’t an excuse for blowing your own trumpet, I don’t know what is. I blogged about the gap in our preservation coverage here in the UK:

And helpfully, the BBC reinforced the notion that we might have just had an important role in the creation of the story I was talking about:

I wonder if this is the sort of thing that might be covered/enforced/contradicted by TTIP anyway? Who knows? Well, mainly the corporate lobby I guess.

Discussion on a proposed TIFF/A standard began slowly, and it’s not too late to join in:

And in related Preforma news, this could well be the first ever software development project running ahead of schedule:

Digital obsolescence of course comes to all. But it particularly comes to those without a significant degree of practicality:

And this is worth a chuckle – thanks Johan:

This week everyone got all interactive when it comes to interface design:

…even Jisc:

David Rosenthal dipped into format obsolescence again, and signed off his previous assertions that it simply doesn’t exist. There seems to be quite a lot subtlety missing here. Who fancies writing the reply?

The DPC seems to be growing rapidly, but more interestingly seems to be at the tipping point that is taking it beyond the typical memory organisations and into the wider commercial and public space. Exciting times:

Do you ever get the impression that risk management and record disposal has got a bit out of hand?

…oh, errrm yes, actually:

Clearly a warning for the UK here. Over enthusiastic approach to disposal + auterity = “degradation of knowledge”.

Hang on, I’m almost starting to sound a bit #nodigitaldarkage here. Let’s have a proper scare story:

“The CAMiLEON project undertaken by the Universities of Leeds and Michigan proposed a method of emulating old computer systems on new and future ones, but the research ended in 2003”. That tends to happen when you get a 3 year funding grant. Anyway…

IA archives the politwoops:

One for the diary:

Some interesting reflections on some DPC training this week:

And to wrap things up:

Mess with the best, (still it seems) die like the rest


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