Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC)
The Digital Preservation Coalition is a not for profit membership organisation whose primary objective is to raise awareness of the importance of the preservation of digital materials and the attendant strategic, cultural and technological issues. It acts as an enabling body and agenda setting body and its vision is to make our digital memory accessible tomorrow.
The DPC was founded in 2002 to support concerted cross-sector and cross-disciplinary leadership, training and research in digital preservation. Funded primarily through subscriptions, the Coalition is larger in 2010 than it has ever been. Our 33 members represent major national memory institutions; content providers in the public and private sector; major academic research libraries; public sector content funders; strategic and policy bodies; digital preservation services; and academic research centres providing solutions. The DPC employs two full time staff in offices in Glasgow and York.
Relevant experience: the DPC has an extensive track record of training and support for digital preservation for its members and the wider community. It maintains an extensive network among digital preservation specialists around the globe. For example, in 2009 we organised a major international conference on Web Archiving and Preservation, facilitated an international seminar on certification of DP services, hosted an invitational meeting on File Formats for preservation and offered an extended programme of events through our digital preservation road show. In 2010, our Leadership Programme – established to support our members’ workforces – provided 49 scholarships so that members could attend training events organised by third parties. The DPC’s publication programme provides sustained and authoritative guidance through occasional papers, technology watch reports and our monthly ‘What’s new’ publication.