3 new Technology Watch Reports planned – Web Archiving, Preservation Metadata and Preserving CAD

The Digital Preservation Coalition and Charles Beagrie Limited are delighted to announce a the continuation of their collaboration to produce 3 more Technology Watch Reports.

‘5 Technology Watch Reports have already been produced – or are in production – and have been enthusiastically received by our members’, said William Kilbride of the DPC. The next three will ensure that the production process continues through 2013 with themes and topics proposed and refined by DPC members to help them with digital preservation.’

The three new reports will be:
– Web Archiving, Maureen Pennock
– Preserving Computer Aided Design, Alex Ball (jointly with DCC)
– Preservation Metadata, Brian Lavoie and Richard Gartner

Two of the reports are completely new, and a third one will allow us to update one of the more popular reports that has become dated since it was first published in 2005. DPC members will have a period of privileged advance access to each report prior to wider public release.

The DPC Technology Watch Report series has been one of the Coalition’s most enduring contributions to the wider digital preservation community. They exist to provide authoritative support and foresight to those engaged with digital preservation or having to tackle digital preservation problems for the first time. These publications support members work forces’, they identify disseminate and discuss best practices and they lower the barriers to participation in digital preservation. Neil Beagrie, Director of Consultancy at Charles Beagrie Ltd, was commissioned to act as principal investigator and managing editor of the Technology Watch series in 2011.

‘Each ‘Technology Watch Report’ analyses a particular topic in digital preservation, evaluating workable solutions, and investigating new tools and techniques appropriate for different contexts,’ explained Neil Beagrie, series editor. ‘The reports are written by leaders-in-the-field and are peer-reviewed prior to publication. The intended audience is worldwide, especially in the UK, Europe, Australia New Zealand, USA, Canada.’

‘We expect that these reports will have a wide readership. The audience includes members and non-members of the coalition; staff of commercial and public agencies; repository managers, librarians and archivists charged with managing electronic resources; senior staff and executives of intellectual property organizations in the private and public sectors; those who teach and train information scientists; as well as policy advisors requiring an advanced introduction to specific issues and researchers developing DP solutions.’

Further publicity on each report in the series will be released over the course. Draft outlines of each reports will be distributed to DPC  members for comment and the whole process will be overseen by an editorial board drawn from the membership.

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