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Key Digital Preservation Directories

Key Digital Preservation Directories

There are many useful sources of information about digital preservation available online. To avoid duplicating the efforts of other organisations, we have limited this list to key directories which are an excellent point of departure for discovering more about digital preservation activities in the UK, Europe, and internationally.

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DPC - Digital Preservation Coalition

The DPC was established in 2001 to encourage collaborative effort in addressing the challenge of preserving digital resources in the UK. In addition to its advocacy and education work, the DPC conducts surveys, publishes reports, and organises forums on topics of interest. The DPC's website includes a directory of projects underway at member institutions, and hosts the online edition of Preservation Management of Digital Materials: A Handbook.

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DCC - Digital Curation Centre

Funded by the JISC, the DCC aims to support creators, curators and re-users of digital data. The Centre provides a national focus for research and development into digital curation issues and promotes expertise and good practice by disseminating information through various channels, including workshops on different aspects of digital curation. The DCC's website boasts a host of useful features including a calendar of relevant events; the DCC Associates Network and Forum; a catalogue of tools; and a helpdesk and advisory service. A Data Curation Manual and a peer-reviewed journal, The International Journal of Digital Curation, are also under development.

ERPANET - Electronic Resource Preservation and Access Network

Established with European Commission funding in 2001, ERPANET provides information and advice to those interested in digital preservation techniques and best practice. Highlights of the website include erpaDirectory, a listing of digital preservation resources; erpaEvents, a series of expert workshops and seminars on digital preservation issues; and erpaGuidance, a collection of guidance tools.

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PADI - Preserving Access to Digital Information

PADI is a gateway to international digital preservation resources. Maintained by the National Library of Australia, the website allows users to browse resources by type or topic. PADI is also 'safekeeping' resources deemed to be of long-term value by bringing these together within the NLA's PANDORA web-archive, where they will remain accessible for the long-term.