Screen Heritage UK Moving Image Collections handbook

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All over the UK, archives, museums, charities, universities, libraries and arts centres have been carefully storing film and video charting their own and their communities’ pasts. From public document to home movie, extravagant fictions to reportage, this material is a precious and priceless store of historical detail, social understanding and powerful connections to other times, […]

Guidance on selecting file formats for long-term preservation

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This resource from The National Archives outlines general advice on issues relating to the preservation and management of electronic records. It is intended for use by anyone involved in the creation of electronic records that may need to be preserved over the long-term, as well as by those responsible for preservation. Clicking the link on this […]

Preservation of photographic material

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Photographs are housed in libraries, archives and museums all over the world. Whilst photographic conservation is a relatively new specialism and treatment options are often limited, it is usually possible to prolong the life of a photograph through good preservation practices in handling, housekeeping and storage. This booklet from the British Library Preservation Advisory Centre describes […]

Digital preservation tools and platforms: Scalable Preservation Environments

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There are a huge range of tools and platforms at your disposal to help you address different aspects of digital preservation in your museum. Scalable Preservation Environments (SCAPE) was an EU-funded project which addressed long-term digital preservation of large-scale and heterogeneous collections of digital-objects. Much of the guidance will exceed the needs of museums, but SCAPE […]

Digital preservation tools and platforms: the Open Preservation Foundation

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There are a huge range of tools and platforms at your disposal to help you address different aspects of digital preservation in your museum. The Open Preservation Foundation (OPF) provides comprehensive guidance on the long-term management of digital cultural heritage and outlines reliable solutions to the challenges of digital preservation. Clicking the link on this page will […]

Digital preservation resources from the National Archives

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The National Archives leads on digital preservation and web archiving of the public record, and provides a comprehensive body of guidance and useful tools for use when implementing digital preservation in your museum. This resource offers guidance for the preservation of digital records and allows you to download DROID – the National Archives free tool […]

Digital preservation training

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The Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) is the UK organisation that advocates for digital preservation. It website is a treasure-trove of useful guidance, and their regular newsletter provides updates and insights on best practices for long-term preservation and use. The DPC is also the leading provider of digital preservation training for museums, archives and libraries. Although […]

The Digital Preservation Coalition

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The Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) is the UK organisation that advocates for digital preservation. It website is a treasure-trove of useful guidance, and their regular newsletter provides updates and insights on best practices for long-term preservation and use. The DPC’s Digital Preservation Handbook is the authoritative source of information, guidance, specifications and standards for digital […]

Digital Preservation: an introduction to the basic concepts

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If you are new to digital preservation, this video from the American Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) is a great place to start. It covers the basic concepts underlying digital preservation, looks at risks to digital material and some of the tools and strategies for managing them. Clicking the link on this page […]

Digital preservation guidelines for museums

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This great entry-level guide from Renaissance East Midlands outlines the main issues to consider when developing digital content so that it is more sustainable and capable of being preserved in the medium to long-term. Renaissance East Midlands commissioned these guidelines to assist small to medium size museums in the region in the management of their […]

Digital preservation for digital reproductions

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As part of the Digitising Contemporary Art initiative, the Netherlands Media Art Institute (NIMk) has produced a comprehensive guideline to developing and implementing strategies for the long-term preservation of digital assets and their associated metadata. The resources are available free of charge, and provide excellent and practical guidance for archives and cultural institutions wanting to […]

What can documentation do for me? 10 questions to help you choose a collections management system

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Choosing a collections management system (CMS) is a big investment for an organisation, and the decision should be based on strategic aims and objectives, and both collection and user needs. If you are considering investing in a new CMS, here are some top tips as well as questions to help you in planning. 1. What resources will […]