The Digital Preservation Coalition welcomed University College Dublin (UCD) as its newest Associate Member last week.
Founded one hundred and sixty years ago, UCD has continued to make a unique and substantial contribution to the creation of modern Ireland and in particular to digital services through its UCD Digital Library, the UCD Institutional Repository and the national Irish Social Science Data Archive, operated through the Library.
“Digital preservation is a key part of our digital and data lifecycle,” explains Julia Barrett, UCD’s Research Services Manager. “Investing in digital preservation enables long term access to content for our users - providing greater access and increasing overall impact.”
“We see our DPC membership as a resource for the continuing development of our digital and data collections and services,“ she adds, “and feel that being part of the DPC will ensure that we develop best practice in this fast changing area.”
Chair of the DPC Board and Deputy Keeper of the National Records of Scotland, Laura Mitchell says, “We are delighted to welcome UCD to the DPC. As the only University in Ireland offering postgraduate and continuing professional development courses in Digital Curation and Archives, we are looking forward to co-ordinating the needs of our members with developing the digital archivists of the future.”
The DPC helps members to deliver resilient long-term access to digital content and services, helping them to derive enduring value from digital collections. The coalition also raises awareness of the attendant strategic, cultural and technological challenges and supports members through advocacy, workforce development, capacity-building and partnership.
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