Digital Preservation Coalition

Article dated: 1 December 2008

Frances Boyle from the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) recently visited the UKDA and gave an interesting presentation on the work of the DPC.

The DPC has just published its annual report for 2007-2008. At almost the same time the DPC has made available its draft strategy for the next three years. The UKDA was a founding associate member of the DPC and has played a role in many of its activities. During 2008 Matthew Woollard gave a presentation on 'Constructing a Preservation Policy' at the DPC Preservation Planning Day in July, and has been involved in the review of the Open Archival Information System (OAIS) reference model which has been co-ordinated by the DPC and the Digital Curation Centre.

In the seven years in which the DPC has been in existence the landscape in which digital preservation activities has changed considerably and the old strategy of promoting and providing an advocacy role for digital preservation has lessened in importance. The DPC and all its members have been part of this transformation in attitudes. The UKDA welcomes the draft strategy of the DPC which focuses on knowledge transfer and the dissemination of best practice, and will continue to spread the word on the provision of 'continued access' to digital resources for social scientists and historians.