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Ed Pinsent

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Critical thinking when learning about digital preservation

In this post I want to discuss “critical thinking” in the context of the Digital Preservation Training Programme (DPTP) and the new DPTP Online 2017.  

Jun 20, 2017

Topic: Digital Preservation

Turning a face-to-face course into engaging e-learning: DPTP online

In this post I will describe some of the highlights in my work building the DPTP Online, things I had to consider to make it engaging, and what I hoped to achieve with it. 

Jun 15, 2017

Topic: Digital Preservation, Higher Education

Introducing DPTP Online

DPTP Online 2017 is a series of 14 modular courses which deliver a beginner’s guide to digital preservation. It is intended for complete beginners in this field and aims to introduce learners to the concepts, terms, language, and practices of...

Jun 06, 2017

Topic: Digital Preservation

When is it a good time for a file format migration?

We’re teaching a one-day course on file format migration in June. The course will advance the idea that migration, although one of the oldest and best-understood methods of enacting digital preservation, can still carry risks of loss. To mitigate...

May 22, 2017

Topic: Digital Preservation

The meaning of curation: data curation

Unlike the meaning of the term archive, I think curation is a 'doing' word that describes the actions of an information professional working with content or resources. The term has been applied to many sectors recently, and I sense its meaning...

Mar 29, 2017

Topic: Digital Preservation, Research Data

The meaning of the term archive

In this blog post I should like to disambiguate uses of the word “archive”. I have found the term is often open to misunderstandings and misinterpretation. Since I come from a traditional archivist background, I will begin with a definition whose...

Mar 20, 2017

Topic: Digital Preservation

How to capture and preserve electronic newsletters in HE and beyond

This blog post is based on a real-world case study. It happens to have come from a UK Higher Education institute, but the lessons here could feasibly apply to anyone wishing to capture and preserve electronic newsletters.

Mar 10, 2017

Topic: Digital Preservation, Higher Education, IT and Digital

Dynamic links – what do they mean for digital preservation?

Today I’d like to think about the subject of dynamic links. I’m hoping to start off in a document management context, but it also opens up questions from a digital preservation point of view. 

Feb 22, 2017

Topic: Digital Preservation, 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

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