25. February 2015 · 1 comment · Categories: DA Blog

After a couple of days of the Twitter explosion of fantastic digital preservation tweets, we got together to chat about that interview and that article. We’ve been planning a series of podcasts on all things digital preservation for some time, but the lively discussions here at ULCC and all the great projects we saw from our community have inspired us to start the series with a discussion about both a ‘digital dark age’ and the #NoDigitalDarkAge campaign.

So, here is Episode 1 of the ULCC DART team podcasts – What Digital Dark Age?


William Kilbride, the man behind the #NoDigitalDarkAge hashtag, asked for more – and he got it! Day 2 of the Twitter campaign saw even more examples of the people, organisations and projects engaging in digital preservation. There were so many, we decided to just add to our existing Storify from yesterday. Starting with the latest at our time of capture today, see the second day of digital preservation goodness…


ULCC is a good place to find out about digital preservation! #nodigitaldarkage

ULCC is a good place to find out about digital preservation! #nodigitaldarkage

Today has been a really interesting day on Twitter for digital preservation. In response to an interview with the BBC given by a vice president and ‘Internet Evangalist’ at Google, Vint Cerf, in which he warned of a ‘digital dark age’ where we would lose everything that was digital, the Digital Preservation Coalition organised a Twitter campaign. They asked members to use the hashtag #nodigitaldarkage and to tweet about their work with digital preservation. There was a great response! not only did the digital preservation community in the UK rise to the challenge, but many from the Netherlands and the Republic of Ireland joined in as well.

The day isn’t over yet, but already the Twitter stream for the hashtag is rolling past like a modern day ticker tape, full of really amzing projects and people,  all engaging in the practicalities of digital preservation.As you are probably aware, Twitter is an incredibly transient channel of communication. In the spirit of preserving this ephemera a little longer (just in case Mr Cert decides to stop by and take a look at what we are actually doing), take a look at our Storify Part One. Part Two will be available tomorrow now available.

And if you want to know more of our own views on ‘that’ interview, stay tuned for something new coming soon from the #DPTP team!

Last week we held our webinar ‘Helping you meet the EPSRC guidelines’ discussing some of the issues institutions are facing in the light of the upcoming EPSRC funding guidelines.

As promised the slides and a recording of the webinar are now available online and we have embedded them below.


We were delighted to be able to offer our first Digital Preservation Training Programme course of 2015, our ‘Introduction to Digital Preservation’, on 19th and 20th January. Our ‘Intro’ course is always very popular with students and this course was no exception. Despite the course starting on Blue Monday, we had an enthusiastic and engaged group who were, like previous groups, fun to teach. They brought along examples of their own work and why they wanted to start to implement digital preservation in a wide variety of projects. Breaks and lunchtimes were filled with chat and questions as everyone shared their projects with each other.

We work hard on the course material, and aim to give people a really good introduction to a subject we both care passionately about. Seeing people progress from being slightly unsure of digital preservation at the start of the course, to getting a list of actions together ready to take back into their workplace by the end is always rewarding. When we first developed the course, I tried to imagine what I would want a student to be able to handle in digital preservation terms once they were back at their own desk. I like to think I am arming them to go out and not only preserve digital objects, but also convince their colleagues and their senior management team of the value of digital preservation. Judging from our feedback for this course, I think we have succeeded. There is no better cure for Blue Monday than to get an email from a student to thank you for the course, and to tell you that they have circulated details of your courses around all their colleagues and encouraging them to sign up for the next one!


I promised in a previous post that I would share the rest of our tweets in the advent campaign. I had originally planned to do this on a weekly basis, so people would be able to get an overview of each week, but, as with many good ideas, life got in the way. Anyway, for those people who would like to have a complete set of links, they are now all together in one place.

Thanks to everyone who re-tweeted, favourited, tweeted back and booked courses! It was great to have so much interest, and lovely to chat with you all on Twitter.

Look out for another set of  #DP later on in 2015.