Promoting and Enhancing Reuse of Information throughout the Content Lifecycle taking account of Evolving Semantics

The PERICLES Consortium are pleased to announce an international meeting and conference entitled ‘Acting on Change: New Approaches and Future Practices in Digital Preservation’ in association with the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) and the DPC Awards ceremony.
This two-day event will be taking place on 30 November and 1 December 2016 at the Wellcome Conference Centre in London (UK), and will be followed by a third day featuring parallel satellite events, such as a PhD workshop, or a workshop dedicated to IT solution providers and software developers.
The main conference will examine a range of innovative research approaches and visions for future practices in digital preservation through a series of panel discussions and workshops. The main objective here is to foster a discussion with the participants through contributions from both invited speakers from preservation-related communities and the PERICLES team. The event is aimed at those working to develop digital preservation policy, strategy and procedures; establish digital preservation infrastructures and workflows; systems developers, providers and procurers; and those interested in seeing the systems and tools developed that reflect their needs and environment.
Registration will open in early September 2016. More information on the programme will be available soon in the conference website.
Deliverable update
At the end of this month we will publish D6.5 'Design practices and operational sustainability for data preservation systems'. This deliverable will summarise both lessons learnt during the research within PERICLES and recommendations with regards to establishing or introducing a preservation and change management layer into digital repository systems. Check out our deliverables section for further information and documents download.
On Saturday 23 July Tate hosted a workshop in London focussing on new tools to support the conservation of digital video, led by Dave Rice and Ashley Blewer. The workshop focussed on the functionalities existing with the latest versions of MediaInfo and MediaTrace accessed via the command line, and demonstrated the additional user friendly functionality being developed through MediaConch in developing policies for the technical evaluation of files. Case examples from PERICLES were discussed  as well as tools from the PREFORMA Project. In attendance were expert representatives from the British Museum, the British Film Institute, the Irish Film Institute, the National Archives, Artefactual, LUX, the British Library, BBC, and the PREFORMA Project. Keep your eyes peeled in future newsletters for a blog about the workshop and the tools discussed, written by one of Tate’s Time-based Media Conservation team.
Digital Preservation Coalition open for international membership
From 1st August 2016 the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) will encourage and approve well-founded applications to join the Coalition as full or associate members from around the World. Until now, members have primarily been based in the UK and Ireland. The Digital Preservation Coalition is a not-for-profit membership agency which provides training, advocacy, capacity-building and partnerships in digital preservation, helping our members ensure our digital memory is accessible tomorrow. Read more

Upcoming Events

In this section are events that might interest you for their pertinence to research, development and practices in digital preservation.

Repository Fringe 2016, Edinburgh, Scotland, 1-2 August 2016

Repository Fringe is a gathering for repository managers and others interested in research data repositories and publication repositories. Participation is a key element – the event is designed to encourage all attendees to share their repository experiences and expertise.

Traditionally, Repository Fringe is aimed primarily at a UK-based audience. This year's programme themes include:

  • Open Educational Resources
  • The Nuts and Bolts of Open
  • Making a Difference with Data

SuCCESS'16, Leipzig, Germany, 12 September 2016

Organised by the PERICLES project, SuCCESS'16 is the 1st International Workshop on "Semantic Change and Evolving Semantics". This half-day workshop brings together a series of perspectives on the theory and relevance of semantic change across contexts and disciplines. The event is co-located with the annual conference SEMANTiCS, a meeting place for professionals who make semantic computing work, and understand its benefits and know its limitations. The workshop is free to attend, however registration through the SEMANTiCS conference website is required. Find out more.
is the leading international ACM Symposium for researchers, practitioners, developers, and users to explore cutting-edge ideas and to exchange techniques, tools, and experiences in the domain of document engineering. This year's event will be held at TU Wien, Vienna, Austria, September 13-16, 2016. The symposium emphasizes innovative approaches to document engineering technology, use of documents and document collections in real world applications, novel principles, tools and processes that improve our ability to create, manage, maintain, share, and productively use these.

During the event Senior Scientist Jean-Yves Vion-Dury from PERICLES project partner XEROX will present a paper  entitled 'Digital Preservation Based on Contextualized Dependencies', which covers work in WP3 'Dependency and change management models for digital ecosystems'. Registration to DocEng2016 is now open. Find out more.
Book and Library Fair – Gothenburg, 22-25 September 2016
Scandinavia's largest literary festival returns this year with a series of seminars for the lovers of the written word and beyond.
In association with PERICLES, the Swedish School of Library and Information Science
at the University of Borås will run a panel session called 'How can we ever access the digital objects created 20 years ago, 100 years from now?' on 22 September. Speakers will include Sanja Halling (Digisam, Swedish National Archives), Peter Voisey (Findwise), Bengt Neiss (National Library of Sweden), Göran Kristiansson (Swedish National Archives, eARD Project manager). More information on registration coming soon:
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