Progress in Digital Preservation

Current state of digital preservation of archives across the region
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Core digital preservation documents produced by archives across the region
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Biggest obstacles currently face in advancing digital preservation
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AWM’s recent AGM provided a welcome opportunity to catch-up on the progress made in digital preservation across the region.

Attendees were asked to respond to a series of questions around their digital preservation activity. The full results can be found in the members area.  It is clear that there is a lot of long-term activity going on.  Services are moving towards implementing coherent digital preservation systems and key documents are in place or being developed.  Inevitably the long-standing barriers persist notably skills, capacity and training.  Lockdown has halted digital preservation work for some including because of staff being furloughed.  But other services found it an opportunity to work on documentation and develop skills.

Future opportunities

Elizabeth Oxborrow-Cowan flagged up two useful learning opportunities:

· ‘Making Progress in Digital Preservation’ run remotely in November by the Digital Preservation Coalition on behalf of AWM.  See our events page for costs and how to sign up.

· #wemissipres – an online replacement for the highly respected international digital preservation conference iPres. If you cannot book a place on one of the three half day sessions there will be live streaming.

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