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AARNet joins Digital Preservation Coalition: helping to preserve Australia’s digital heritage

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AARNet is pleased to announce its membership the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC), an international community that exists to preserve the world’s digital legacy.

The DPC’s mission is to enable its members to secure long-term access to digital content and services, helping them to derive enduring value from digital assets and raising awareness of the strategic, cultural and technological challenges they face. AARNet is the 95th organisation to join the DPC. Member organisations come from many countries and sectors.

“We are keen to improve digital preservation literacy within our company, across AARNet-connected  institutions, and more broadly within Australia’s research, education and cultural heritage domains,” explains Adam Bell, Cultural Outreach Manager for AARNet.

“We hope to benefit from the DPC’s guidance and education in this area, as we invest in technologies and services and increase engagement with organisations with a digital preservation responsibility.”

Juan Bicarregui, Chair of the DPC Board and Head of Data Division for UKRI-STFC welcomed the news saying: “AARNet does important work in supporting digital preservation in the academic and research sectors in Australia and we are very pleased to welcome them to the Coalition.”

“They join an active and dynamic group of DPC members in Australasia with whom we are delighted to be connected. We look forward to working with them, sharing experiences and expanding our capacity to take on this international challenge of digital preservation.”

“This new membership comes at a time when the DPC is greatly enhancing its impact around the world.  We recognize that digital preservation as a global challenge and are seeking to build a coalition which is scaled to the challenge.”

The not-for-profit DPC is an international advocate for digital preservation, helping members around the world to deliver resilient long-term access to digital content and services through community engagement, targeted advocacy work, training and workforce development, capacity building, good practice and standards, and through good management and governance. Its vision is a secure digital legacy.

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