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?

A minor disturbance in the open source force was felt when the libtiff website went offline…

Nice concise post (and paper) coming out of a life sciences source but pretty universal stuff:

It’s no longer a leak, it’s official:

Much of the concern still lies, perhaps unsurprisingly, around the exceptions:

And the hacks aren’t too happy, again quelle surprise:

Although the expected exception for preservation (for “cultural heritages institutions”) is (still) present. Good news there, albeit without anything revolutionary:

“Member States should therefore be required to provide for an exception to permit cultural heritage institutions to reproduce works and other subject-matter permanently in their collections for preservation purposes, for example to address technological obsolescence or the degradation of original supports. Such an exception should allow for the making of copies by the appropriate preservation tool, means or technology, in the required number and at any point in the life of a work or other subject-matter to the extent required in order to produce a copy for preservation purposes only.”

A lot of other aspects will of course have an impact on preservation, albeit an indirect one. This is a very accessible summary of the key points of the proposal as a whole:

Right, lets have some good news. She’s in! And look she’s on twitter!

A couple of tweets to try and sum it all up:

Great to see lessons learned sharing on these kinds of interactive events.:

The new DPC website is coming on a treat. We can’t wait to share with the world…

In other DPC news…

Great to see the establishment of the new National Videogame Foundation. Decent write up in the Grundian with reference to the new energies going into cultural and educational work. Hopefully also some preservation…

…and a little more here:

And of course the DP Awards are on at the same time as this great conference, so get the date in your diary if for some reason it’s not already there:

Update on the UK Archivematica community:

Here’s a final thought and a half on some pretty private privacy panic:



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