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Finalists for the Digital Preservation Awards Safeguarding the Digital Legacy Category Announced

After a week of suspense the Digital Preservation Coalition is delighted to announce the last set of finalists for the Safeguarding the Category of the 2016 Digital Preservation Awards.

The prestigious Digital Preservation Awards is a world-wide celebration of the achievements of those people and organisations who have made significant and innovative contributions to ensuring our generation’s digital legacy will be available tomorrow. It culminates in an eagerly anticipated awards ceremony at the Wellcome Trust in London on Wednesday 30th November 2016.

Vice chair of the judging panel with responsibility for the Digital Legacy award, Louise Lawson of Tate, said, ‘this award embodies the very essence of digital preservation. All three finalists have challenged threats to our digital estate and are saving important digital collections which might otherwise have been lost.’

Finalists for the DPC Award for Safeguarding the Digital Legacy are (in no particular order):

  • The Digital Repository of Ireland: Preserving Ireland’s Social and Cultural Record
  • “The Digital City revives:” A case study of web archaeology
  • Suffolk Record Office: Preserving Suffolk’s Digital Assets

The judges also offered a special commendation to the University of Sydney for the Pacific and Regional Archive for Digital Sources in Endangered Cultures (PARADISEC) project.

This creates a full list of finalists as follows.

  • 4C Project
  • Universities of York and Hull: Filling the Digital Preservation Gap
  • NCDD: Constructing a network of nationwide facilities together

Finalists for the NCDD Award for Teaching and Communications are (in no particular order):

  • Transforming Archives/Opening Up Scotland’s Archives
  • Tate, MoMA and SFMoMA: Digital Preservation – Sustaining Media Art (A Matters in Media Project)
  • Research Data Netherlands: Essentials 4 Data Support, an introductory course on Research Data Management

Finalists for the DPC Award for the Most Distinguished Student Work in Digital Preservation are (in no particular order):

  • A RAID map case study of high energy X-ray characterisation of microstructure by Edith Halvarssen, University of Glasgow
  • Personal Archives Pre and Post Cloud Computing by Roland Quintaine, Aberystwyth University
  • The Transferability of Trusted Digital Repository Standards to an East African context by Anthea Seles, University College London
  • The Scalability and Realism of Digital Preservation Guidelines by Niamh Ni Charra, University College Dublin
  • Preservation Practices of New Media Artists: Challenges, Strategies, and Attitudes in the Personal Management of Artworks by Colin Post, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Finalists for the DPC Award for the Most Outstanding Digital Preservation Initiative in Industry are (in no particular order):

  • HSBC: Global Digital Archive System (GDA)
  • OECD: Digital Preservation of OECD Datasets

Finalists for the DPC Award for Safeguarding the Digital Legacy are (in no particular order):

  • The Digital Repository of Ireland: Preserving Ireland’s Social and Cultural Record
  • “The Digital City revives:” A case study of web archaeology
  • Suffolk Record Office: Preserving Suffolk’s Digital Assets
  • Special commendation: University of Sydney for the Pacific and Regional Archive for Digital Sources in Endangered Cultures (PARADISEC) project.

Before the judges make decide the winners, members of the Digital Preservation Coalition will be invited to cast their vote on each category. Members will be asked to select their first and second choices for each category, and are asked to provide feedback to the finalists. Each Full Member, Associate and Allied Organisation of the DPC may submit one vote.

Finalists will then wait until the prestigious Digital Preservation Awards ceremony at the Wellcome Trust in London where winners will be announced in front of their own digital preservation community, friends, family and peers from leading organisations.

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