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Over the last month I've been working with the Open Planets Foundation, as part of the SCAPE Project, to develop some guidance materials to help practitioners understand and leverage the business context to some exciting new SCAPE technologies. The SCAPE Business Case Templates provide detailed guidance on building a business case focused on the application […]

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21st May 2014  8:06 PM  12245 Reads  No comments

DCH-RP (Digital Cultural Heritage – Roadmap for Preservation) and the partners of the Community Owned digital Preservation Tool Registry, i.e. The Digital Curation Centre (DCC), The Digital Curation Exchange (DCE), National Digital Stewardship Alliance (NDSA), The Open Planets Foundation (OPF) and Preserving digital Objects With Restricted Resources project (POWRR) are investigating the possibility to join […]

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22nd Apr 2014  4:45 PM  125791 Reads  No comments

As Paul mentioned here, FITS is a classic case of a great digital preservation tool that many of us use and benefit from but that wasn’t set up to accept community code contributions. Different versions of FITS were proliferating instead of dovetailing into a better product. For this reason we decided to take a look […]

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6th Dec 2013  11:37 AM  10993 Reads  No comments

Lovebytes currently holds an archive of digital media assets representing 19 years of the organisation’s activities in the field of digital art and a rich historical record of emerging digital culture at the turn of the century. It contains original artworks in a wide variety of formats, video and audio documentation of events alongside websites […]

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28th Nov 2013  6:32 PM  11943 Reads  No comments

Almost a year ago, I presented a proposal to the Aligning National Approaches to Digital Preservation (ANADP) group to create a community tool registry. I was frustrated by the profusion of tool registries and the lack of coordination between them. Pooling the knowledge in one place would result in a far better resource. It would […]

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14th Nov 2013  6:43 PM  14463 Reads  No comments

FITS is a classic case of a great digital preservation tool that was developed with an initial injection of resource, and subsequently the creator (Harvard University) has then struggled to maintain it. But let me be very clear, Harvard deserves no blame for this situation. They've created a tool that many in our community have […]

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6th Nov 2013  11:31 AM  23836 Reads  12 Comments

We are now into the final few months of the SPRUCE Project and we're beginning to complete some key outputs from the project. A key aim has been to encourage and support digital preservation activity in the UK from both a technical and business perspective. So we wanted to support practitioners in bringing in the […]

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15th Aug 2013  4:28 PM  14729 Reads  1 Comment

Last week we assembled a group of 30 practitioners and developers and and got down to some practical digital preservation work in what we call a SPRUCE Project Mashup. We've run quite a few of them now, but each one is a little different as the agenda is set by our participants and the challenges […]

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8th Jul 2013  1:51 PM  12349 Reads  No comments

As I have previously blogged, our community's attempts to share knowledge and experience of digital preservation tools has been a triumph of good-willed enthusiam over coordination and collaboration. Rather than pooling our tool knowledge we have spread it around the web in list after list and registry after registry. The result is not particularly helpful. […]

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29th May 2013  1:04 PM  20059 Reads  9 Comments

A day after running our Characterisation Hackathon (and helping out with a lively DPC event on PDF/A-3) and I'm still feeling exhausted. This was a developer only event and not as taxing on my facilitation skills as our usual mashups, but it's still been an action packed few days. All this moaning is of course […]

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14th Mar 2013  3:54 PM  12221 Reads  No comments