Digital Preservation Awards 2020 – Micky Lindlar Awarded DPC Fellowship

OPF Director Micky Lindlar has become the third recipient of the prestigious DPC fellowship award. 

Hosted by the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC), the 2020 Digital Preservation Awards took place on World Digital Preservation Day and celebrated excellence and innovation across our field. The fellowship is the highest award offered by the Coalition and is awarded every two years to an individual in recognition of a ‘substantial, generous and distinguished contribution to securing our digital legacy’.

Micky is Digital Preservation Team Lead and Technical Analyst at TIB – Leibniz Information Centre for Science and Technology, a member of the Nestor Coordination Group, the PREMIS Editorial Committee, and a director of the Open Preservation Foundation. As a result of their breadth of knowledge and willingness to share their insights, Micky has become a well-respected leader in the digital preservation community. They have a diverse publication and presentation record, with contributions that are characterised by a commitment to ensuring openness, accessibility, and collaboration in digital preservation. 

Micky said:

“A great example of the many ways to collaborate in digital preservation is OPF – there are so many ways to get involved, ranging from showcasing your organization’s project in a webinar, discussing a tricky problem or solution you have come across in a blog, pitching in with developing skills on OPF’s open source repos, or supporting sustainability for your institution as well as the wider community by becoming a member. To me, OPF is so much more than JHOVE, veraPDF and webinars – it is a vital international network of peers who understand my problems and solutions. As an OPF Director since 2012, I’m proud to have pitched in a little bit to shape OPF into what it is today.”

Becky McGuinness, OPF community manager, said:

“We are thrilled that Micky’s dedication to the advancement of digital preservation has been recognised in this way. There is so much that we can learn from community leaders like Micky, and we are extremely proud to have them serve on the OPF’s board of directors. Congratulations!” 

On World Digital Preservation Day (5th November), many gathered to watch the virtual presentation of the Digital Preservation Awards. Having received a large and geographically diverse set of nominations, the judges faced the difficult job of selecting winners in seven categories.

The NDSA Levels of Digital Preservation Revision Project received the International Council on Archives Award for Collaboration and Cooperation, with the Software Sustainability Institute (SSI) Award for Research and Innovation going to Levels of Born Digital Access

The Dutch Digital Heritage Network Award for Teaching and Communications was presented to the International Council on Archives (ICA)’s Digital Records Curation Programme, which is part of a broader programme to develop archiving in Africa. 

Lotte Wijsman was announced winner of The National Records of Scotland (NRS) Award for the Most Distinguished Student Work in Digital Preservation. Lotte has been working closely with the OPF’s Archives Interest Group to produce her award-winning research culminating in the publication of ‘The Significant Properties of Spreadsheets: Stakeholder Analysis’. 

The important work of UNHCR Records and Archives was recognised through the DPC Award for the Most Outstanding Digital Preservation Initiative in Commerce, Industry and the Third Sector, and The National Archives (UK) Award for Safeguarding the Digital Legacy was given to the UK Web Archive, which celebrates its 15-year anniversary in 2020. 

Congratulations to all of the winners! 

Watch the presentation ceremony, view a full list of winners, and learn more about the other finalists at



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