Flanders establishes Digital Preservation Platform
On 19 April 2012 more than fifty institutions from Flanders (Dutch-language Belgium) have decided to establish a Digital Preservation Platform (Platform Digitale Duurzaamheid; website in Dutch).
The Platform aims to:
- increase awareness of digital preservation issues;
- clarify roles and responsibilities;
- draw attention to the urgent need for infrastructure, services, instruments and financial means;
- broker agreements between memory institutions about selection for digital preservation and digitization;
- collect and disseminate knowledge and expertise.
The Platform intends to present itself in more detail early June at the Cultuurforum 2012 in Turnhout (Belgium).
The Platform's chair is Inge Schoups of the Antwerp Municipal Archives; the secretary is Bart de Nil of FARO (email@example.com).
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Conference announcement: "Build a home for our digital memory"
The NCDD is organizing a conference about the future of our digital memory on 24 January 2012, KB, National Library of the Netherlands
Registration is closed.
The mission of the NCDD is to establish an infrastructure for long-term access to digital documents, images, movies and research data in the Netherlands. The NCDD strives to build a nationwide network of facilities and services for organizations in the public sector (libraries, museums, archives, research centres).
In 2010 the NCDD published the results of its national digital preservation survey, A future for our digital memory. After some strategic choices had been made, the NCDD board established two working groups to start designing the national infrastructure.
Digital preservation: how are we doing as a community? - #iPRES2012 (7)
The question as to how we are doing as a DP community was expressly posed by Paul Wheatley of Leeds University (and avowed digital preservation geek), but it was echoed in other presentations, panels and workshops throughout the conference. How are we doing as a community? Are we making good progress or getting stuck in old issues? Are we closing the gap between theory and practice? Are we pulling in knowledge and tools from other disciplines, especially IT? Are we getting things done
? Obviously, these are no simple yes or no questions. But let me share some opinions with you that were voiced this week at iPRES2012
- by Inge Angevaare
Chairs were hurried in to accommodate the last-arriving participants at Wednesday's plenary session .
"Preservation is knowledge" revisited: promising work by the #SCAPE project - #iPRES2012 (6)
Others said it yesterday
, and Christoph Becker of TU Wien and the SCAPE project
reiterated it on Friday: much of preservation and preservation planning is about knowledge
. Nobody can predict the future, but as a community we can get a lot better at harnessing all the knowledge that is out there, experiences from colleagues, successes and failures, emerging trends, etc. All that knowledge can help us weigh alternatives and make informed decisions about our collections.