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Webinar – launch of the Centre of Excellence

Wednesday 10th December 14:00 – 16:00 CET

Combining the expertise and experience of the pioneers in digital preservation with the results from APARSEN and SCIDIP-ES provides world class expertise


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About Digital Preservation


Digital encoding has become the dominant way in which we create, shape and exchange information, but this dependence carries many risks.

  • As digital technology advances, hardware and software may become outmoded and information may become inaccessible
  • Other users may be unable to understand or use data
  • Access and use restrictions may make it difficult for others to re-use data
  • The ability to identify the location of data may be lost
  • The current custodian of the data may cease to exist
  • The ones we trust to look after the digital holdings may let us down
Integrated view of digital preservation - click for more details

Integrated view of digital preservation – click for more details

Today’s research community must assume responsibility for building a robust data and information infrastructure for the future. Digital preservation is too big an issue for individual institutions or even sectors to address on their own. The answer to these challenges calls for coordinated approaches on both national and international level.

It also calls for a de-fragmentation of the many different aspects and research approaches. APA/APARSEN has created an integrated view of digital preservation embedded in a business process. Click on the diagram to look in detail at each aspect; the many, varied, silos of work have been brought together into a coherent whole which answers the vital questions ranging from how? to “who pays and why?” for digital preservation. This integrated view allows us to offer a consist, coherent, approach to digtal preservation in our training, consultanct, services and tools.

Centre of Excellence launched

The integrated view of digital preservation provides a unique foundation for our training, consultancy and services. This view integrates the vast amount of research into digital preservation into a business process, allowing us to help you to answer questions such as “who pays and why for preserving your digital holdings? which tools and services are most likely to solve your particular digital preservation problems?

Webinar: Launch of the APARSEN Virtual Centre of Excellence.

Friday 28 November 14:00 – 16:00  CET

The APARSEN project, bringing together more than 30 partners and finishing by the end of this year, has worked 4 years towards the launch of a Virtual Centre of Excellence for Digital Preservation.

The VCoE will help to avoid further fragmentation in the area of Digital Preservation by providing technical methods and tools as well as DP implementation  support services, consultancy and training. The VCoE Unique Value Proposition is based on two pillars:

  • We offer a coherent approach based on value and which can be applied to any kind of digital objects;
  • We are backed by the combined experience of the DP pioneers both in the research field and, more importantly, as worldwide earliest adopters of DP practices.



  1.  Simon Lambert (STFC): It all started in 2004; how we got here.
  2. David Giaretta (APA): The VCoE: what it offers
  3. Michel Drescher (EGI) guest speaker: EGI’s community infrastructure and the VCoE
  4. Jamie Shiers (CERN) guest speaker: Data Preservation and the challenges of the next 10 years

Moderator: Eefke Smit (STM)

The meeting is a web-meeting and takes place on megameeting: Participation is free, no registration required:




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