Case Notes in Digital Preservation

The DPC, with help from the Scott Polar Research Institute, Portico and ULCC, and with funding from JISC, is pleased to announce the launch of the first in a series of Digital Preservation Case Notes. The Case Notes offer straightforward examples of organisations and individuals tackling the digital preservation challenges that come from mass digitization. The first describes the Scott Polar Research Institute's 'Freeze Frame' project. [read more...]

blog: Video documentation of DOCAM summit

New DOCAM Web site

At the Fifth DOCAM Summit (4-5 March, 2010), the Research Alliance launched its new Web site, featuring the following main research results:

- A Preservation Guide for Technology-Based Artworks;
- A Cataloguing Guide for New Media Collections;
- A Documentary Model adapted to media arts;
- The DOCAM Glossaurus, a bilingual terminological tool;
- A Technological Timeline.

The video documentation of the whole public conference, as well as pictures of the Summit, are now available online on the DOCAM Web site: [read more...]

blog: Dr Hairy's Address to the Nation (Election Special)

The third in a series of 10-minute videos about the adventures and frustrations of an ordinary (but rather hirsute) General Practitioner. In time for the General Election, Dr Hairy inexplicably takes it upon himself to share his philosophical and political views with the nation - with hilarious results!

To view it on my site, go to ; or you can see it on YouTube at ; or it should be on DVblog ( from early next week. [read more...]

Search Ordnance Survey OpenData through Unlock Places API

It's now possible to search and re-use Ordnance Survey OpenData sources through EDINA's Unlock Places service.

Unlock Places was created for software developers working in a research context, providing search and query of geographic shapes through a web API, with data returned in formats suitable for re-use on the web.

Ordnance Survey datasets available include Boundary-Line, with administrative boundaries for the UK; the 1:50K gazetteer for contemporary placenames; Code-Point for conversion of postcodes into points and vice-versa. [read more...]

blog: DH2010 Conference : Student Assistant Bursaries

This scheme is designed to attract and enable up to 20 students to participate in the DH2010 conference. Successful applicants will be required to support the running of the conference for four hours each day.

1. Eligibility

Applications will be welcomed from registered PhD or MA students at higher education institutions, with no restriction on country.

2. Bursary provisions

The bursaries are designed to benefit the award winners in a number of ways:
* Free conference registration
* Free attendance at the Conference Dinner on Sat 10 July [read more...]


Preserving the British Library’s C19 Newspaper Collection: Planets Film Released

Planets (Preservation and Long-term Access Through Networked Services) has released the first of four filmed and written studies to show how national libraries and archives in Europe are using Planets tools to preserve large and valuable digital collections.

A short documentary film, it describes how the British Library has used Planets to help preserve its C19 digitised newspaper collection. [read more...]

PREMIS in METS Toolbox

The Library of Congress and the Florida Center for Library Automation (FCLA) are pleased to announce the availability of the PREMIS-In-METS Toolbox at The PREMIS-in-METS Toolbox is a set of open-source tools developed to support the implementation of PREMIS preservation metadata in the METS container format.

The Toolbox includes three tools: Validate, Convert and Describe. [read more...]


I'm trying to get to grips with CIDOC-CRM for desribing 3D visualisations/recreations of lost architecture and the research sources on which the visualisations are based. I would be grateful for any links or comments relating to projects which have already used CIDOC-CRM in a similar ways, or any publications on this.

I'm still at the beginning of this project, so haven't done much research into this area yet - if people are interested I can post up my results as I go along...

Thanks for reading,

Practical Approaches to Electronic Records

Some places are still available for a one-day seminar 'Practical Approaches to Electronic Records' at the University of Dundee. More information is available at

Information Environment Service

Case studies should be focused and practical, documenting use of IESR through its web based search applications or its machine-to-machine interfaces. A description of the process should include details about use, implementation, benefits and suggested enhancements. The case studies will provide ideas and guidance for future enhancements to the service.

Possible case studies may include—but are not limited to—the following:

  • Use of IESR to discover and monitor resource collections in a specific subject area
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