BAC News

DPC briefing day on migrating content

The DPC invites Members and the wider community to So Long, and Thanks for All the Bits: Migrating Your Data Between Repositories on 3 July in York. This briefing day explores the journey of migrating content to a new preservation repository system – from choosing an application with a robust exit strategy to extracting valuable data from legacy systems. The day will feature speakers from various institutions, as well as demonstrations by a selection of repository vendors. In the afternoon, participants will join in a workshop session to explore and exchange approaches with other practitioners. 

DPC Members only are also invited an evening of 2 July in York (evening before the briefing day), for a meeting of Digital Preservationists Anonymous. This will entail an evening of frank discussions about digital preservation challenges among a supportive community of peers at a nearby watering hole.

Both the briefing day and meeting of Digital Preservationists Anonymous are expected to be popular and limited seats are available. Please register as soon as possible to reserve a place. For the briefing day, DPC Members please use the code DPCMEMBER when booking to waive the event fee on Ticket Tailor. For Digital Preservationists Anonymous DPC Members must log in to the DPC website in order to register.

For more information and to register, please go to the DPC Events page.


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BAC Bursary for Business History Research 2018

As a result of the generosity of Sir Peter Thompson, former Chairman of the National Freight Corporation, and the Wellcome Foundation, the BAC has instituted a trust fund, the income from which is used to offer annually a bursary to help an individual to further their research into business history through the study of specific business archives. In 2018 the value of the award will be up to £1000.

Find out how to apply.

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Save the Date – BAC Conference 2018

We are thrilled to announce that the annual BAC conference will this year be a joint two day event with the International Council on Archives Section for Business Archives (ICA SBA).

Welcoming the news, Mike Anson, Chair of the BAC said “We have been discussing the possibility of a collaboration between the BAC and SBA for some time and I’m delighted that this is now going ahead. I am looking forward to meeting business archivists from around the world in London in November.”

Alexander Bieri, Chair of SBA said "The Section on Business Archives of the International Council on Archives has profited for many decades from the strong support of its members from the United Kingdom; our colleagues in Britain have pioneered the international collaboration amongst business archives. It makes us particularly happy that we now have the opportunity to join forces with the Business Archives Council for exploiting the theme "trust" which is at the core of all successful business archives."

It will be held at The National Archives in Kew on the 14 and 15 November and will be on the critical theme of ‘Trust’.

More details will be added over the next few months so keep an eye out.

We hope you can join us.

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Take a digital survey for the DPOC and DPC

The Digital Preservation Oxford and Cambridge (DPOC) project in collaboration with the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) has developed a short survey intended to gather information from collecting and research organisations around the world who have a remit to manage digital content. The survey has a particular focus on staffing resources, but also briefly covers policy, strategy, and maturity modelling.

It is recognised that concrete information for benchmarking institutions against their peers - particularly in regards to maturity and staffing resources - is required by those looking to make the case for digital preservation within their organisations. The survey is interested in obtaining figures from institutions around the world, particularly outside of the USA, regardless of an institution’s size or whether any digital preservation effort has already commenced.

To fill in the survey follow the link:

The survey should take between 10-20 minutes to complete. Deadline for survey responses is 31 May 2018. Anonymised raw data will be shared via the DPOC website for all in the digital preservation community to use, in August 2018:

Any questions about the survey can be directed to:

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