CAT archivists nominated for digital preservation awards


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The work of  Aberystwyth students, Kerry Evan, Ann Macdonald and Sarah Vaughan  on the CAT archive project Voices from a Disused Quarry  has been shortlisted for a prestigious digital preservation award. The DPC Award for the Most Distinguished Student Work in Digital Preservation celebrates impressive work by any student which lowers the barriers to digital preservation. It is presented to the student that, in the eyes of the judges, has produced an essay, course work, project report, dissertation or thesis that has had (or will have) the greatest contribution in ensuring our digital memory is available tomorrow. Voices from a Disused Quarry by Kerry Evans, Ann MacDonald and Sarah Vaughan,  is an exceptional example of that. 9781902175706_200_voices-from-a-disused-quarry_haftad

Created in 2004 to raise awareness about digital preservation, the Digital Preservation Awards are the most prominent celebration of achievement for those people and organisations that have made significant and innovative contributions to ensuring our digital memory is accessible tomorrow.

Allan Shepherd from CAT said ” the nomination is testament to the extraordinary and diligent work of the Aberystwyth student team. Their work was of exceptionally high quality and we wish them all the best in winning the award.”

‘In its early years, the Digital Preservation Award was a niche category in the Conservation Awards’, explained Laura Mitchell, chair of the DPC. ‘But year on year the judges have been impressed by the increasing quality, range and number of nominations.’

‘I’m delighted to report that, once again, we have had a record number of applications which demonstrate an incredible depth of insight and subtlety in approach to the thorny question of how to make our digital memory accessible tomorrow. ’

Voices from a Disused Quarry created digital oral histories, to celebrate the ground-breaking Centre for Alternative Technology’s 40th anniversary (2014). As part of their studies, MSc Archive Administration students from Aberystwyth University’s Department of Information Studies (AUDIS) prepared the oral histories for long-term preservation by the National Library of Wales (NLW) and for discovery through the People’s Collection Wales. Working directly across these organisations, students undertook the preparatory activities required to assure long-term access to the memoirs of those who undertook pioneering work on sustainable technologies. Activities included data modelling, identification, organisation, cataloguing, copyright verification and recommendations for future care.