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?

Jisc #dataspring projects reached the end of their second phase last week, and I went along to a workshop looking ahead to phase 3. Foolishly I offered to fill a gap on the judges panel, only to realise that separating 11 projects that have already been past two previous panels is nigh on impossible. The work of all projects was impressive to say the least. Getting grant funded projects right is a real challenge, but I’ve been very impressed with how Jisc has innovated with #datapspring, not to mention impressed at how the participants have stepped up to the challenges of working in such a time pressured format. Jen’s blog post is an essential run down on all 11 projects from a digital preservation perspective:

Fortunately there was some silliness on offer as well, with the prize for brainiest / geekiest going to the DataVaulters (Hmmm, Data Vault already has a pretty cool logo, but if only it had been a cartoon of someone pole vaulting over BIG DATA):

As promised last week, here’s 1.16…

…also see:

More great stuff from SSI:

#IIIF rolls on and the demos get more impressive every meeting:

…hang on a minute, just to emphasize that one…

…Also see:

Here’s the Commission’s take on what is covered in changes to EU copyright law…

…and some analysis from a German Pirate Party MEP:

Oh what:

Last chance for feedback on:

More on, which I gushed about last week…

…wow, #digitalpreservation goes mainstream when it’s all seamless and lovely:

ARA16 published it’s call…

…This text was from the “Innovation” section of the call. Did I have a sense of humour failure here or is this decades out of date…

…Well exactly:

Haven’t seen our community dive into this topic too much, or have I just been looking in the wrong place?

Sorry, I know it’s almost Xmas, and we could use some cheer (well that’s maybe going as bit far, but at least something not totally depressing), but this:

Here’s a final thought:

And as usual my boss was giving some good quotage…

…and my favourite…

Don’t hit me with them negative waves so early in the morning. Think the digital object will be there and it will be there. It’s a mother, beautiful digital object, and it’s gonna be there. Ok?


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