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DPC awards Digital Preservation Training Programme scholarships

The Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) has awarded two scholarships on the Digital Preservation Training Programme (DPTP).

A panel of judges selected Grant Young (Digital Preservation Specialist at Cambridge University Library) and Vicky Phillips (Digital Standards Manager at Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru / National Library of Wales) from a strong shortlist. Applicants were judged against three main criteria: the role that DPTP would play in career development; the benefits to their organisation from attendance; and the extent to which their job profile within the organisation pertains to digital preservation. Applications were open to DPC members and associates.

The Digital Preservation Training Programme (DPTP) is designed for all those working in institutional information management who are grappling with fundamental issues of digital preservation. It provides the skills and knowledge necessary for institutions to combine organisational and technological perspectives, and devise an appropriate response to the challenges that digital preservation needs present. DPTP is operated and organised by the University of London Computer Centre in collaboration with the DPC.

William Kilbride, Executive Director of the DPC, said “We are delighted to be able to offer this DPC member benefit. DPTP will equip our winners with the knowledge to effect change and broaden digital preservation knowledge both within their job role and the wider organisation”. He added, “the number and quality of applications underlines the need for training. We’ve since been in touch with all applicants to see if we can support them in other ways. We hope we can offer these scholarships again in the future”.

The Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) is a not-for profit membership organisation whose primary objective is to raise awareness of the importance of the preservation of digital material and the attendant strategic, cultural and technological issues. It acts as an enabling and agenda-setting body within the digital preservation world and works to meet this objective through a number of high level goals. Its vision is to make our digital memory accessible tomorrow.