Digital Preservation Awards 2014 – nominations now open!

We are pleased to announce we are partnering with the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) to sponsor the Award for Research and Innovation in the Digital Preservation Awards 2014.

This award is one of five categories available this year. The Award for Research and Innovation recognises significant technical or intellectual accomplishments which practically lowers the barriers to effective digital preservation. It will be awarded to the project, initiative or person that, in the eyes of the judges, has produced a tool, framework, standard, service, or approach that has (or will have) the greatest impact in ensuring our digital memory is available tomorrow.   

Ed Fay, OPF Executive Director comments:

‘We’re excited to be associated with the awards this year and we’re delighted that this award retains such a realistic focus. Digital preservation could not progress without innovative and practical problem solving. This work is often taken for granted, so it’s important that we celebrate it properly.’

The Digital Preservation Awards were founded in 2004 to recognise the people and organisations that have made significant and innovative contributions to digital preservation.

William Kilbride, Executive Director of the DPC, explains the background to the awards:

‘In its early years, the Digital Preservation Award was a niche category in the Conservation Awards but in each round the judges have been impressed by the increasing quality, range and number of nominations. Last time we added two new awards. This time there will be five. The expansion is a direct result of the growth in importance and sophistication of digital preservation solutions.

 We run these awards for the whole community of people interested in digital preservation. So we’re asking that whole community to spread the word and to support the awards.’

The full criteria for each category and the rules of entry are listed on the DPC website:

The deadline for entries is 28th July 2014. The awards ceremony will take place on Monday 17th November, hosted by the Wellcome Trust, London.



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