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AVAILABLE: New Edition of the Digital Preservation Handbook

From Neil Beagrie, Charles Beagrie Limited, Digital Preservation Coalition

Glasgow, Scotland  A new edition of the Digital Preservation Handbook was officially launched at the Guildhall in York yesterday, comprehensively updating the original version first published in 2001:

Available free of charge on the Digital Preservation Coalition website, the newly unveiled Handbook provides a range of practical tools to help preserve digital materials. Acknowledging and embracing the importance of digital information to today’s culture, knowledge base and economy, the Handbook also identifies good current practice in creating, managing and preserving this rapidly growing and valuable asset.

“By providing a strategic overview of the key issues, strategies and activities, the Handbook is a real, useful and practical guide to help organisations identify and take appropriate action in preserving their digital collections,” explains Handbook Managing Editor Neil Beagrie.

Recognising the presence of definite challenges in digital preservation, the Handbook still provides hope for a bright digital future; pointing to many examples of great practice and suggestions for ways in which organisations can get started in digital preservation. 

“Already we have made great strides in averting a "digital dark age," adds William Kilbride, Executive Director of the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC). “There are a growing number of repositories all over the world that can claim a long track record of keeping digital materials well over many decades. And there are things we can all do. This handbook is intended as a catalyst for action for institutions of any kind.” 

As lead funder, The National Archives in the UK with supplementary funding from the Archives and Records Association, British Library, Jisc, and National Records of Scotland, have provided a research grant to fund the full revision of the Digital Preservation Handbook. This work has been undertaken under the direction of William Kilbride, Executive Director of the DPC and editor Neil Beagrie, supported by an extensive advisory board and set of contributors:

The not-for-profit DPC is an advocate for digital preservation. The coalition ensures its members can continue to deliver resilient long-term access to digital content and services through targeted advocacy work, training and workforce development, research and best practice, and enabling sustainability through partnerships. Its primary objective is raising awareness of the importance of the preservation of digital material and the attendant strategic, cultural and technological issues.

The Digital Preservation Handbook is the latest in a collection of popular resources which support the coalition’s objectives and provide advice on how to manage high-value and vulnerable digital resources beyond the limits of technological obsolescence. 

• Visit the handbook website now:

• Find out more about the Digital Preservation Coalition: