Best Practices

The Application of Preservation Planning Templates to a Personal Digital Collection – Reflections on the Process

Introduction - Paul Wilson | The PAWDOC collection was initiated in 1981 to support research into new office systems at the National Computing Centre in Manchester. The author continued to use the collection to manage all his documents throughout his subsequent IT career. The collection’s index contains six fields (Ref No, Title, Movement Status, Publication Date, Date Last Accessed, and Creation Date). Each of the 17,000 Index entries related to one or more of some 29,000 electronic files of a wide variety of file types stored in a Document Management System.

Digital Preservation Handbook | Digital Preservation Coalition

The Digital Preservation Coalition are pleased to share the news that a critical mass of content has been prepared and peer reviewed and the project board has agreed we should release a majority of the Handbook. DPC members have already seen the emerging revised 2nd Edition of the Handbook on the members’ private area and this has been switched to the public side of the DPC website. This partial release will be further enhanced by additional functionality when a new platform for the website focused on ‘responsive design’ is brought on stream by the DPC early in 2016.

Current best practice for research data management policies | Danish eInfrastructure Cooperation

This memo responds to the request by the Danish e[Infrastructure Cooperation (DeIC), in partnership with Denmark’s Electronic Research Library (DEFF), for a document ‘to provide an overview of current best practices for research data management (RDM) policies within a number of subject areas, and as such inspire the development of a Danish national strategy on the area of RDM policies.’

Out of cite, out of mind: the current state of practice, policy, and technology for the citation of data | Australian Policy Online

The growth in the capacity of the research community to collect and distribute data presents huge opportunities. It is already transforming old methods of scientific research and permitting the creation of new ones. However, the exploitation of these opportunities depends upon more than computing power, storage, and network connectivity.

National Archives Releases New Guidance on Metadata For Electronic Records | LJ INFOdocket

We are pleased to announce that we have issued new guidance for Federal agencies on minimum metadata requirements for transferring permanent electronic records to NARA.

A Compressed View of Video Compression | PrestoCentre

igital audio and digitised film can also be compressed, but there are particular issues – and an interesting (well, for some) history – for video, so I will emphasise video. The general principles apply to any signal (including audio and scanned film), but not to files and digital data in general.

The Work of Appraisal in the Age of Digital Reproduction

With apologies to Walter Benjamin, I would like to reflect on some of the challenges and strategies associated with the appraisal of digital archives that we've faced here at the Bentley Historical Library. The following discussion will highlight current digital archives appraisal techniques employed by the Bentley, many of which we are hoping to integrate into the forthcoming Archivematica Appraisal and Arrangement tab.
Foundations and Principles

Resources for archiving your personal digital data | Engineering the Future of the Past

Taking time each year to go through your digital files and decide what to keep and what to delete can be easier if you do it during Preservation Week. Check for programs, workshops, and activities happening in your local area. In 2016, Preservation Week will be April 24-30 and is usually the last week in April.

ARSC Guide to Audio Preservation — Council on Library and Information Resources

Commissioned for and sponsored by the National Recording Preservation Board of the Library of Congress. Copublished by the Association for Recorded Sound Collections, the Council on Library and Information Resources, and The Library of Congress

The ARSC Guide to Audio Preservation is a practical introduction to caring for and preserving audio collections. It is aimed at individuals and institutions that have recorded sound collections but lack the expertise in one or more areas to preserve them.