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 digital preservation world let out a collective sigh at news that the UK would be shelling out a not inconsiderable amount of money to continue committing its laws to vellum.

Which all seemed a bit short sighted when our budgets for doing things like preserving valuable at risk digital information are being squeezed so much. Like this valuable stuff…

…like when a newspaper goes and deletes all its blog posts without any warning…

…it’s kind of a big deal, so our web archives need support. Let’s be blunt about this:

Ok, I didn’t mean quite that blunt, but that will do. It looks like the Internet Archive and the UK web archive has at least some of the deleted blogs, it would be great to hear more on this…

And more importantly the work of our members:

Anyway, it’s a good job digital preservation folks didn’t get distracted by their own pointless long lived storage mediums. Oh, hang on a minute…

Really? It’s been, errrm, at least a few weeks since the last permanent long lived storage medium was announced and then disappeared never to be heard of again…

…this made me feel (slightly) better, as the news of 5 dimensional (huh?) storage got tweeted everywhere:

We need some good news. How about this:

And this:

An update on digital transfers to the UK National Archives, and the challenges faced:

Here’s a question for you:

I wonder if we can get a straight answer on that?

Excellent. What’s next? Richard Lehane on his latest Siegried developments:

And a new release for DROID:

An excellent resource on an important subject:

On the disappearing web:

The first Software Preservation Network forum:

IDCC16 happened, and here are all the tweets via a nifty little archiving application:

The big news from the US was good news. Many were encouraged by the appointment of an actual librarian to the post, not to mention this:

There is of course always one wag:

Some more serious thoughts on the importance of this role:

As usual lets wrap up with something a bit lighter:

This is actually really old, but what a title!

Welcome. To the city that care forgot.


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