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?

Yes despite the somewhat erroneous interpretation of the usual (most of the time) italics at the start of my blogs, you can’t get rid of me that easily…

…despite best efforts. Thanks Euan…

So here’s the usual news in digital preservation…

By popular demand (not kidding, we can barely keep up), the DPC’s introduction to the world of digital preservation. We’re also in the midst of delivering our intermediate level workshop “Making Progress” which is almost sold out but check the website:

Following my afore mentioned thoughts on iPRES 2016 and where we are as a community….

….Barbara Sierman takes a slightly different tack on the broader vision we have (or are maybe lacking) now that we’re starting to get (lost?) in the detail.

Great event from OPF and all those that contributed:

The DPASSH call is open:

There’s also an E-ARK conference to check out, following the project’s high profile at the recent iPRES conference:

And, perhaps most importantly, no actually I’ll say it, definitely most importantly, it’s the 2016 Digital Preservation Awards! As well as a fabulous live event synced with the upcoming Pericles conference, you’ll be able to tune in to a live stream even if you can’t make it in person. Here at DPC towers we’ve been putting together a brand new sounds, pictures and live streaming setup so we can capture, share and transmit all our face to face events for our growing international membership. So, yes, you can blame me when it all goes wrong and you’re left staring at an animated buffering logo:

Speaking of which, we’re expanding further into the good old US of A. Exciting times and I’m really looking forward to working with the guys at the Academic Preservation Trust:

In other DPC news, we’ve had some fantastic webinars recently, including Nancy McGovern and Rhiannon Betivia. DPC members only I’m afraid. No login? You know what to do…

Following on from recently reported EU copyright law news, here is a chance to share your thoughts:

In a month when I saw a traditional archive announce the digitisation and launch of the “biggest archive of” sound recordings in a particular niche, while noting that an enthusiast (and now foundation backed effort) to crowd source recordings in same said niche had twice as many recordings in it (not to mention the fact it’s growing at a phenomenal rate), it’s good to see some “archivists” are living in the real world and are solving real world problems:

And a catch up on some slightly older news that happened while I was yapping about iPRES…..

Great news for BitCurator, which seems to be going from strength to strength:

It’s good top see the problems of murky, rapidly evolving file formats have been sorted out, and the future for digital preservationalistas will be much more strightforward. Wait, what?

Crikey, steady on. Always essential reading from the Lynch:

It’s time to wrap things up, and after a recent big denial of service attack that exploited internet enabled household items, this was the one liner that summed it up:

Digital preservation quote of the week came from the PASIG conference in NYC:

Geek out time. Amazing to see this, and for those not familiar with RiscOS, this was an operating system that ran on Acorn produced Archimedes and RiscPC computers back when the UK had a “proper computer industry”.

Ahhh the trials and tribulations of our favourite file format hacker…

Brexin, brexout, brexin, brexout, shake the UK all about


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