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?

After a 3 month break, DP News is finally back! It’s been a busy time at DPC central for a number of reasons, not least of which because we had our 3 big events in one week: our latest Board Meeting, our annual members unconference day – Connecting the Bits, and a briefing day on file format obsolescence. DPC members can catch up with Euan Cochrane’s presentation on file formats here, and the twitter action was pretty decent if you fancy a recap:

Of course, all this digital preservation excitement might have drowned out the other big story in the news (if only), so I’m afraid I’m going to cover some of the #brexit reaction. Of course, we’re aiming to keep things solid here at the DPC:

And in times of political crisis it really is important to know exactly who said what before they (of course) deleted it.:

Not forgetting Politwoops of course.

Although the wider world still doesn’t quite understand preservation and archiving. No surprises there, I guess:

Funding is a big concern for our sector, but the Commission has been putting out reassuring messages…

The official line, and reality of previous funding going to non-EU members, suggests status quo for the time being. But the uncertainty and inevitable prejudices that emerge around such a divisive topic could take us elsewhere:

More here:

In other news, you may have seen me ranting about a lack of software preservation (particularly in the UK), but this looks encouraging:

It’s the latest round of the Digital Preservation Awards! Get your entry in now, all are welcome:

Some really detailed advice here:

More great progress from the Document Liberation folks. This plugs a serious obsolescence gap:

New sig files are out from TNA and PRONOM…

…and a bit more on plugging the research data coverage gaps:

Great to see that @JiscDataVault has been making good progress:

Significant release for the FITS tool. Release notes here:

Sharing some of the less positive stories from our community can be such a valuable way to learn. DPC is exploring how to encourage and support this kind of sharing, but in the meantime, check out this paper:

Some final thoughts and sillies…

Everyone loves a cluster:

Our favourite tag line from the Spruce Project was “Assume nothing, validate everything”. Damn right:

And my favourite #brexit gag. Nicely done:

Not truly obsolete, just a pain the backside…




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