Preservation of digitised and born-digital collections: interconnections, policies and workflows

The Open Preservation Foundation (OPF), the Impact Centre of Competence in Digitisation (IMPACT) and the International Internet Preservation Consortium (IIPC) are delighted to invite you to our first joint Virtual Panel on Thursday 24th March at 13:30 UTC (London), 14:30 CET (Brussels) and 09:30 EDT (Washington D.C.).  


The management, curation and preservation of digital collections increasingly includes both digitised and born-digital materials. To what extent are these collections managed by the same internal workflows? How far are digitised and born-digital collections part of a  joined-up digital strategy? In what ways do experts from the digitisation, web and social media archiving and digital preservation teams work together? Are the available preservation solutions suitable for both digitised and born-digital materials? In what ways are digitised and born-digital materials made available to digital humanities researchers and the wider public? 

In this 75 minute virtual panel, experts from OPF, IMPACT and IIPC Member institutions will explore this complex question at three levels. Firstly, organisationally, where do preservation, digitisation, and web and social media archiving ‘fit’ in your organisation? Secondly, which policies cover preservation, digitisation, and web and social media archiving? Thirdly, in what areas do interconnections between digitisation experts and born-digital curators and preservation teams already exist or would be beneficial?

The aim of this session is to create an informal exchange of best practices, between OPF, IMPACT and IIPC Member institutions to explore which interconnections would be valuable both within and between organisations to help ensure the sustainable, long-term preservation and use of digitised and born-digital collections.


Dr Emmanuelle Bermès, National Library of France (BnF)

Dr. Emmanuelle Bermès

Dr. Emmanuelle Bermès is deputy director for services and networks at the National library of France (BnF) since 2014. In the course of her career at the BnF and the Centre Pompidou, Emmanuelle has developed an expertise in digital heritage, her PhD subject. She has been active in several international initiatives: Europeana, W3C, IFLA, the International internet preservation consortium (IIPC), the International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) consortium and the ai4lam community (artificial intelligence for libraries, archives and museums). Within the BnF, Emmanuelle is involved in the Data Lab, a digital scholarship service for researchers. Photo: © Gabriel Bermes–Poupeau.

Jeffrey van der Hoeven, National Library of the Netherlands (KB)

Jeffrey van der HoevenJeffrey van der Hoeven is head of the Digital Preservation department at the National Library of the Netherlands. In this role, he is responsible for defining the policies, strategies and organisational implementation of digital preservation at the library, with the goal to keep the digital collections accessible to current users and generations to come. Jeffrey is also director of the Open Preservation Foundation and steering committee member at the IIPC. In previous roles, he has been involved in various national and international preservation projects such as the European projects PLANETS, KEEP, PARSE.insight and APARSEN.

Michael Day, British Library (BL)

Michael DayMichael Day is Digital Preservation Research Lead at the British Library (United Kingdom). He is a member of the team that is helping to ensure that the Library’s extensive digital collections are preserved for future generations. He is particularly interested in promoting a deeper understanding of the Library’s diverse and ever-growing digital collections and in developing the necessary knowledge and tools required to support preservation planning for digital content. Before joining the British Library in 2013, Michael worked for seventeen years as a researcher and research manager at the University of Bath. Photo: © Sam Lane Photography.

Moderator: Sally Chambers (IMPACT) 


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