Preservation Planning – DPC Technology Bytes Webinar


Image, (including cropped title) from the British Library Flickr stream, no known copyright

On Wednesday (25th March) Ed and I did our first ever webinar. We had been invited by the DPC to run a session on preservation planning tools and approaches in their  current ‘Technology Bytes’ series of webinars. It was a new experience to be a presenter, although having joined some of the live webinars in the past, and also listened to the recorded versions of others, I was aware of the general flow. After some excellent instructions from Sarah Middleton of DPC and a short walkthrough of what we would actually be doing as presenters on the day, and we were all set.

We have been looking at (and discussing)  preservation planning in some detail recently, in relation to our DPTP courses. We realised that the term ‘planning’ can, in digital preservation, have a variety of meanings, all of which are important. We had come up with six broad categories, and explored the tools and approaches to these areas for the webinar. It was a really useful session for us. The Technology Bytes format is very much about supporting a conversation with the participants rather than just sending out an old-style lecture into the ether. Getting feedback, suggestions and the sharing of experiences with the participants was brilliant.

Thanks to everyone who took part, and to DPC for inviting us to run a session. If your organisation is a member of DPC, you can login and see the full recording plus slides. If you aren’t a DPC member, we have put our slides, including a list of resources we refer to in the presentation, up on the ULCC Slideshare account, which is open to everyone.  We’d love to carry on talking about this area, so please feel free to comment below, and we will respond.

#NoDigitalDarkAge – The Podcast

After a couple of days of the Twitter explosion of fantastic digital preservation tweets, we got together to chat about that interview and that article. We’ve been planning a series of podcasts on all things digital preservation for some time, but the lively discussions here at ULCC and all the great projects we saw from our community have inspired us to start the series with a discussion about both a ‘digital dark age’ and the #NoDigitalDarkAge campaign.

So, here is Episode 1 of the ULCC DART team podcasts – What Digital Dark Age?

Still Rolling On – #NoDigitalDarkAge Part 2


William Kilbride, the man behind the #NoDigitalDarkAge hashtag, asked for more – and he got it! Day 2 of the Twitter campaign saw even more examples of the people, organisations and projects engaging in digital preservation. There were so many, we decided to just add to our existing Storify from yesterday. Starting with the latest at our time of capture today, see the second day of digital preservation goodness…



ULCC is a good place to find out about digital preservation! #nodigitaldarkage
ULCC is a good place to find out about digital preservation! #nodigitaldarkage

Today has been a really interesting day on Twitter for digital preservation. In response to an interview with the BBC given by a vice president and ‘Internet Evangalist’ at Google, Vint Cerf, in which he warned of a ‘digital dark age’ where we would lose everything that was digital, the Digital Preservation Coalition organised a Twitter campaign. They asked members to use the hashtag #nodigitaldarkage and to tweet about their work with digital preservation. There was a great response! not only did the digital preservation community in the UK rise to the challenge, but many from the Netherlands and the Republic of Ireland joined in as well. Continue reading

The First DPTP Course of 2015



We were delighted to be able to offer our first Digital Preservation Training Programme course of 2015, our ‘Introduction to Digital Preservation’, on 19th and 20th January. Our ‘Intro’ course is always very popular with students and this course was no exception. Despite the course starting on Blue Monday, we had an enthusiastic and engaged group who were, like previous groups, fun to teach. They brought along examples of their own work and why they wanted to start to implement digital preservation in a wide variety of projects. Breaks and lunchtimes were filled with chat and questions as everyone shared their projects with each other. Continue reading

#24DaysofDP – what we did in December


I promised in a previous post that I would share the rest of our tweets in the advent campaign. I had originally planned to do this on a weekly basis, so people would be able to get an overview of each week, but, as with many good ideas, life got in the way. Anyway, for those people who would like to have a complete set of links, they are now all together in one place.

Thanks to everyone who re-tweeted, favourited, tweeted back and booked courses! It was great to have so much interest, and lovely to chat with you all on Twitter.

Look out for another set of  #DP later on in 2015.


The new EPSRC guidelines

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) guidelines: What are they and how can you meet them?

After receiving an increasing number of enquiries about the new EPSRC guidelines which are coming into effect in May 2015, I decided to catch up with Kevin Ashley, Director, Digital Curation Centre, my colleagues Rory McNicholl and Timothy Miles-Board, and Matthew Addis, CTO at Arkivum to get a better understanding of what the requirements are and how institutions can meet them.

Q: When looking into the EPSRC guidelines on research funding, I couldn’t help but notice them being not as tightly defined as I would have thought. Is that deliberate?

KA: I think it is, and there are perfectly valid reasons for it, but some are uncomfortable with that. The flexibility allows for different responses from larger and smaller institutions – you just need to be able to defend what you do.

MA: This largely due to the variety of research projects and their differing objectives, both in terms of brief and data output. Some might have a mandate to be publicly accessible first, others will focus on the safety and security of the research data before being concerned about dissemination of research findings. Continue reading

#24DaysofDP – the first #7days


Last week we launched our digital preservation advent tweets, a series of 24 tweets throughout the run up to Christmas. If you missed any, you can catch up via our Storify of the first 7 days.  We hope you’re enjoying this small celebration of all things digital preservation, and that you will share the links on Twitter if you find something useful. Thanks to all the people and organisations who have inspired our tweets so far, and here’s to the next 17 days!

Image from the British Library on Flickr

24 Days of Digital Preservation – #24DaysofDP


This year, we are getting into the festive spirit. Starting on the 1st of December, we will be sending out an Advent tweet per day, up to Christmas Eve, using the #24DaysofDP hashtag. We’ll tweet links to some things we’ve doing this year, some past projects and some new ideas. We hope our tweets will inspire you to engage with digital preservation. We also hope to give you some help with maintaining your interest via courses, presentations, books, tools and some useful organisations. Look out for our daily tweets, and join us in a 24-day long celebration of all things digital preservation for Christmas 2014…