ULCC’s long-running Digital Preservation Training Programme (DPTP) has been shortlisted for the 2012 Digital Preservation awards, for an outstanding contribution to teaching and communication in digital preservation in the last 2 years.
The announcement was made at a reception at the House of Lords to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC). ULCC was one of the original members of the Digital Preservation Coalition when it was established in 2002: other current members include the Bodleian Library, Cambridge University Library, the British Library, and the National Archives.
ULCC’s DPTP began life as a JISC-funded project in 2004, with the British Library and the DPC as partners, and the aim of developing a modular training programme in digital preservation based in part on the NEH-funded digital preservation course at Cornell University. ULCC’s team, led by Patricia Sleeman and Ed Pinsent, has continued to operate the DPTP, with the assistance and support of William Kilbride, executive director of the DPC. The most recent course took place last week at the National Library of Ireland in Dublin.
The Digital Curation Centre (DCC) at Edinburgh University was also nominated for an outstanding contribution to research and innovation in digital preservation, for its Integrated Research Data Management Planning Toolkit (also known as CARDIO), another JISC-funded project to which ULCC made a significant contribution. Other nominees include the Library of Congress, Universities of York and Portsmouth, and the Netherlands Koninklijke Bibliotheek.
In a speech at the reception, Lord McNally expressed his admiration for a Coalition that has lasted ten years, and stressed the importance of preserving records of activity and decisions in government, cultural heritage and academic research.