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Volledig herziene uitgave van DPC Handbook online

31 March 2016 Published by Leave your thoughts

Vandaag lanceert de Britse Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) een volledig herziene versie van het toonaangevende Digital Preservation Handbook, dat zij in beheer heeft. Het Handbook kunt u hier online bekijken. Hieronder vindt u een Engelse toelichting van de DPC op deze vernieuwde versie.

New handbook provides guidance for a bright Digital Future

Designed to identify good practice in creating, managing and preserving digital materials and also to provide a range of practical tools to help with that process, the Handbook acknowledges and embraces the importance of digital information to today’s culture, knowledge base and economy.

“Digital Preservation – the series of actions required to maintain access to digital materials beyond the limits of media failure or technological and organisational change – finds itself suddenly and unexpectedly relevant,” explains William Kilbride, Executive Director of the Digital Preservation Coalition.

Last year Vint Cerf, a ‘father of the internet,’ questioned the integrity of current digital preservation action and warned that future generations would have little or no record of the 21st Century as we enter what he described as a ‘digital Dark Age.’

A year on and shunning this notion, the Handbook acknowledges that there are indeed challenges in digital preservation, yet provides hope for a brighter digital future: pointing to a wealth of useful resources, many examples of great practice and suggesting ways in which institutions can begin to manage their own digital collections.

Handbook Managing Editor Neil Beagrie goes on to say “By providing a strategic overview of the key issues, discussion and guidance on strategies and activities, and pointers to key projects and reports, the Handbook provides real, useful and practical guidance for institutions and individuals and a range of tools to help them identify and take appropriate actions.”

As lead funder, The National Archives in the UK with supplementary funding from the Archives and Records Association, British Library, Jisc, and National Archives of Scotland, have provided a research grant to fund the full revision of the Digital Preservation Handbook. This work was undertaken under the direction of William Kilbride, Executive Director of the DPC and editor Neil Beagrie, and has been supported by an extensive advisory board and set of contributors.

The DPC is a not-for-profit organisation that makes the Digital Preservation Handbook freely available as an online resource: it is heavily used for Continuous Professional Development, by university students, and for training in digital preservation.

The coalition ensures its members can continue to deliver resilient long-term access to digital content and services through targeted advocacy work, training and workforce development, research and best practice, and enabling sustainability through partnerships. Its primary objective is raising awareness of the importance of the preservation of digital material and the attendant strategic, cultural and technological issues.

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