External Events

A one-day workshop on web archiving will be held at SOAS on 28th June 2010. The workshop will look at the selection, capture and management of websites and web resources, introducing and assessing various organizational approaches and technological tools which exist. The training will look at website archiving within the framework of the OAIS model which is currently taught on the DPTP, and illustrate the concepts with practical examples and exercises.

The growth and use of digital content on the Web together with the digital deluge pose opportunities as well as challenges. How best are they both to be exploited and managed? UKOLN is organising the Survive or Thrive 2010 Conference on behalf of JISC to address such issues. The Conference will take place at the Macdonald Hotel, Manchester over Tuesday 8 – Wednesday 9 June 2010.

PTS Consulting will consider the impact on the business of the next generation Data Centre including: best practice; cost control; energy efficiency; carbon reduction; cooling and power; and  technology trends such as virtualisation and convergence.  The Carbon Trust will provide the opening session and set the scene on the Government’s carbon reduction and energy efficiency agenda.  Senior Executives from PTS' client and partner organisations will share views and experience on these strategically important topics. 

JISC and The Blue Ribbon Task Force on sustainable digital preservation and access are sponsoring a one day free symposium on Thursday 6th May 2010 at the Wellcome Trust Conference Centre in London.  The UK Symposium will be highlighting the final report by the Blue Ribbon Task Force "Sustainable Economics for a Digital Planet: Ensuring Long-term Access to Digital Information":

Go to the Blue ribbon task force final report

This JISC-sponsored roadshow for researchers and those who support them, will introduce the concept of e-research and some of the distributed resources now available for research. A discussion session will address how e-research fits into broader debates and practices in digital scholarship.


We will hear about some of the national services available for e-research and also about related work within the Open University, including the DISCO (DIgital SChOlarship) website, a portal for OU staff interested in learning about digital scholarship.

This is the second workshop organized as part of the dissemination activities of the JISC-funded Embedding Institutional Data Curation Services in Research (EIDCSR) Project. The workshop aims to discuss issues around the development and implementation of institutional policy and guidance for research data. Whilst the EIDCSR Project is addressing the requirements of researchers working within medical and life sciences, the event is likely to be of interest to those working in, or supporting, other disciplinary areas.

While we can produce and share information in digital form at an increasing rate and store data in an ever smaller space, the span of time over which we can confidently keep hold of it is diminishing.

To retain information to comply with regulatory/governance reasons, for business continuity, or for other valuable purposes, we must take action to ensure that this information will still be available in the future.

The final in the series of Planets three-day training events will take place in Rome.

Heiko Mueller, the newest postdoctoral addition to the Edinburgh Database Group, formerly associated with the Institut fur Informatik, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, presented "Describing Differences between Databases" at 4.00pm as part of the Scottish Database Interest Group [external] seminar season at the University of Edinburgh, Appleton Tower 2nd floor seminar room (2.02). The DCC was a co-sponsor of this event.

Ted Nelson, a charismatic prophet who invented the concepts of hypertext and hypermedia, gave the 2006 Arts and Media Informatics Lecture at 4.00pm - 5.00pm on 22 May 2006. His visionary ideas also gave us hyperlinking, a lesser version of which powers the World Wide Web. This lecture was a unique chance for staff and students to hear one of the legends of the informatics revolution.

For a report on this event, see Pete Cliff in Ariadne, July 2007

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