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Book now for DPC briefing day entitled 'Good Practice Takes Practice: Certification and Accreditation for Digital Preservation'

Book now for The Digital Preservation Coalition briefing day entitled 'Good Practice Takes Practice: Certification and Accreditation for Digital Preservation' in London on 9th January 2018.

Registration is open now

This workshop will examine practical experience with archive accreditation which, since 2017, has involved an explicit component derived in turn from the NDSA levels of Digital Preservation. It will also introduce and explore important developments in the Data Seal of Approval and World Data System which were relaunched and revised in 2017 as the new Core Trust Seal for Trustworthy Data Repositories. It will introduce the ‘Nestor Seal’, a preservation certification based on DIN31644 and offered as a paid for service through nestor and the Deutsche Nationalbibliothek. A central consideration in the discussions will be the development of consistent frameworks for continuous quality improvement in the management of digital collections. This theme might be summarized as ‘good practice takes practice’.

Registration is free for members of the DPC and £275 for non-members. To check if your organization qualifies for free attendance, please check the DPC Member List. If you have any questions about registration please contact sarah.middleton@dpconline.org. The briefing days usually fill up quickly, so early registration is recommended. Cancellations will be accepted until one week before the event, a 'no show' fee of £275 will be charged for those who cancel after this time.

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UNESCO Memory of the World - call for nominations to the UK Register

UNESCO’s Memory of the World Programme seeks to encourage the preservation of, access to and awareness of the world’s documentary heritage. An important part of the Programme is its Registers, which recognise documentary heritage of outstanding significance. Successful inscriptions have been able to use this prestigious award in funding bids, to raise awareness of documentary heritage, and to improve the management of collections.

Nominations are now being invited for inscriptions to the UK Register in 2018. Any organisation or individual may make a submission for any form of documentary heritage for which they are responsible. The key criteria is that the heritage is of outstanding significance to the UK.

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BAC conference 2017 programme now available

This year's BAC conference, Change the Record, will be held on Tuesday 21st November at The News Building, London. Hosted by Harper Collins, the day will look at how the record has changed and the impact this has had, both in terms of management and use.

The programme is now available to download. For more information on speakers and how to book take a look at the conference page. Bookings close on 14th November.

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DPC advocacy event

Registration is now open for the Digital Preservation Coalition's first ‘Advocating for Digital Preservation’ training event, to be held at the Worshipful Company of Information Technologist’s Hall in London on Monday 4th December.

Attendees are invited to join this day-long training session with Communications professional and MD of DHR Communications, Catherine Heaney. With over 20 years’ experience in the fields of media relations, politics, public affairs and management, Catherine has an excellent understanding of the heritage and culture space in Ireland. She has provided communications training to senior politicians, business leaders and heads of institutions, as well as internal communications and advocacy training to members of the Archives and Records Association. Catherine is also chairperson of the National Museum of Ireland and until 2014, served on the board of the Heritage Council.

This one-day training workshop will provide attendees with skills and ideas for identifying stakeholders and champions required to affect change, ways to showcase digital preservation as an indispensable service for their organisation and resources to help support their organisational advocacy activities.

Registration is free for members of the DPC and £50 for non-members. The workshops usually fill up quickly, so early registration is recommended. Cancellations will be accepted until one week before the event, a 'no show' fee of £50 will be charged for those who cancel after this time.

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BAC 2017 conference - speakers announced

Change the Record

Tuesday 21st November 2017

Business archives contain the records of enduring value of a business. But how are those records changing? How are archivists responding to those changes? Do the changes make capturing and using records more difficult or just difficult in a new way? The BAC’s annual conference will look at how shifts in the technology landscape have impacted records creation and use. Our speakers will examine these issues with views from both a theoretical standpoint, and from the practitioner on the frontline. It’s time to change the record, so come along and see how!

The opening presentation from Simon Demissie and Arike Oke of The Wellcome Trust will give an overview of how the records their organisation receives have changed, how this impacts on how they manage them and what this means for the archives profession as a whole. A panel session on the changing nature of records will follow with Elizabeth Lomas of UCL and Mary Rutherford and Chris Campbell from GSK. The subjects will include the change in format of specific record types and the impact of ERP on records management; this session is bound to spark conversation.

The afternoon will focus on the use of archives with a look at how the history of Harper Collins has been utilised during its anniversary year with a presentation from Dawn Sinclair. Following this, a number of case studies on the different ways archives are being used will be presented in a second panel session. Presenters include Margaret Procter on a collaborative PhD between the University of Liverpool and Barclays, Alix Green from Essex University and Judy Faraday from The John Lewis Partnership on another collaborative project, and Ryland Thomas from the Bank of England.

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