preservation

Video games: worth preserving?

A guest blog post by the winner of the DPC's Most Distinguished Student Work in Digital Preservation 2014 - Alastair John Bachell. Alastair writes about games archives and preservation, how he got interested in the subject, and finally if they are even worth preserving.  

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Report: Preserving Moving Pictures and Sound

The DPC, Richard Wright and Charles Beagrie Ltd have recently announced (30 April 2012) the release of the latest Technology Watch Report ‘Preserving Moving Pictures and Sound’, written by Richard Wright, formerly of the BBC.

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IDCC11 Session A3: Formats

This session at IDCC 2011 might have been titled “Everything to Fear but Fear Itself”. As preservation specialists know, when it comes to file format issues just about anything that can go wrong probably will in time. The three presentations in this session were about understanding the probabilities involved, and taking appropriate steps to stop data loss being the outcome.

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IDCC11 Session 2B: Preservation

Parellel Session 2B on preservation seemed to be only loosely connected to preservation, but all the institutions involved have taken open approaches to archiving.

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STFC releases a scientific data policy

The STFC has released a scientific data policy, meaning that every member of RCUK has now issued guidelines on data management and sharing. The STFC policy builds on the RCUK Common Principles on Data Policy released in April 2011. It applies to all scientific data produced as a result of STFC funding, including grants, access to beam time at STFC supported facilities, and subscriptions to other organisations. Key stipulations (by theme) include:

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Software Preservation Days

Software preservation workshop outputs available, new event coming from Software Sustainability Institute

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Reflections on a few data management events

I’ve been hastily writing up travel reports to submit expenses before year end, and in reviewing the data management events I’ve been to in the last few months, a few recurrent questions emerge...

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Digital Curation and Preservation Policies in Scottish HEIs

The JISC-funded ERIS project aims to enhance curation and preservation processes within institutions in order to build confidence amongst researchers in the longevity of repositories. As a first step, a survey was undertaken to collect information on the status of digital curation and preservation policies in Scottish HEIs. The survey, which did not identify any preservation policies endorsed at an institutional level, revealed that repositories are still relatively young, and that preservation is not yet amongst their highest priorities.

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Preservation and Curation in Institutional Repositories Report released

We are very pleased to announce that a second State of the ART report from Alex Ball (a UKOLN-based DCC staff member) has been released, this time on Preservation and Curation in Institutional Repositories. It can be found under the Resources section of the DCC website, in the Technology Watch section of Briefing Papers. View State of the ART report

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