The Digital Preservation Coalition invites you to join them for a briefing day entitled 'Good Practice Takes Practice: Certification and Accreditation for Digital Preservation' in London on 9th January 2018.

Registration is open now

Digital preservation seems more like a journey than a destination.  As technology changes so the processes and tools of effective preservation need to adapt and so good practice remains provisional: more accurately identified as a commitment to constant improvement than a single steady state.  Never entirely certain what success looks like, the digital preservation community has over the years developed several proxies for success and maturity of service.  The ideal of a Trusted Digital Repository has gained much traction since it was first posited in 1996, and it is now encapsulated and codified as a series of standards.  The resulting requirements and checklists provide a framework for repository improvement; but with many demands and too little transparency they can also become a barrier to practical improvement.  Practitioners and their managers simply want to know how they are doing and how they can do it better.  Good practice takes practice

This workshop tries to bring these threads together, updating attendees on some important developments since the topic was last discussed at a briefing day in 2016.  On one hand it 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 [log in to unmask]. 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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Sarah Middleton

Head of Communications and Advocacy

Digital Preservation Coalition

37 Tanner Row, York, YO1 6WP


Tel: 01904 601952

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Twitter: @Sarah_DPC


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