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Last week Donald Trump’s inauguration ceremony took place in Washington DC, so it only seems right to kick off this week’s Cyber Security news update on a topic which has dominated the headlines and this blog in the months since his election… 

Jan 23, 2017

Topic: Cyber Security

How can data & analytics be used to improve Higher Education?

Continuous innovation in technology has enabled us to live in a world where vast amounts of data is collected on a daily basis. As smart technology becomes more widespread, there’s an increasing trend for this data to be used for the benefit...

Jan 20, 2017

Topic: IT and Digital

Research datasets: lockdown or snapshot?

In today’s blog post we’re going to talk about digital preservation planning in the context of research data. We’re planning a one-day course for research data managers, where we can help with making preservation planning decisions that intersect...

Jan 18, 2017

Topic: Digital Preservation, IT and Digital

PODCAST: Digital preservation planning for research data managers

Digital Preservation expert Ed Pinsent and guest Research Technologies expert Rory McNicholl discuss the key issues surrounding the preservation of research data, whilst also providing some insight into the upcoming January 2017 Course.

Jan 16, 2017

Topic: Digital Preservation, IT and Digital


It's Friday 13th today, and if you're been unlucky enough, you might have fallen victim to the latest Amazon and PayPal phishing scams. They are flooding inboxes in perhaps one of the most sophisticated phishing scams we've seen in a long while,...

Jan 13, 2017

Topic: Cyber Security

Pros and cons of the JPEG2000 format for a digitisation project

When it comes to selecting file formats for a digitisation project, choosing the right ones may help with continuity and longevity, or even access to the content. It all depends on the type of resource, or your needs, or the needs of your users.

Jan 11, 2017

Topic: Digital Preservation, IT and Digital

Metadata creation for digitisation: counting the costs

Speaking as a traditional archivist, I love cataloguing. I never thought I’d find myself having to justify cataloguing work, but given that it’s possible to attach a cost to everything these days, I find it is a serious consideration.

Jan 09, 2017

Topic: Digital Preservation, IT and Digital


Happy new year readers! It looks like 2017 is kicking off with a bang for Cyber Security news stories, following on from news we reported on last year following the US elections. 

Jan 06, 2017

Topic: Cyber Security

Digitisation podcast from the experts: listen now!

In this podcast, we ask Digital Preservation experts Edward Pinsent and Stephanie Taylor about the issues, definitions and best practices surrounding Digitisation.

Jan 06, 2017

Topic: Digital Preservation, IT and Digital

How & why popular tech could be incorporated into higher education

With ‘smart tech’ becoming more ingrained in day to day student life, it may soon be expected that these gadgets play a role in the wider university experience. From a student experience aspect, universities linking with these apps and gadgets...

Jan 04, 2017

Topic: Higher Education