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Digital Preservation Handbook update

The National Archives is working with the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC), Jisc and the British Library to update and revamp a key online resource for managing digital resources over time - the Digital Preservation Handbook.

First published in 2001, the handbook remains heavily used by archivists and other information professionals. The National Archives and the DPC will work with expert partners over the next two years to develop the new handbook as an interactive online resource.

William Kilbride of the DPC said: 'I'm delighted to be working with The National Archives on this important project. The original handbook remains very popular so we have been loath to take it down, but we've been aware for a while that it was becoming increasingly out of date. Our experience shows that there is a real demand for concise and practical advice on preservation, so I am confident that this new edition will be immediately popular.'

The project to deliver the resource is a joint venture between The National Archives, the DPC and Neil Beagrie, one of the original authors of the report. The online resource will ensure the handbook can be updated easily over time. It will incorporate case studies and a view from current practitioners to ensure it is relevant to a wide audience, from beginners to those with more specialist needs. Short on theory, long on practical advice, the guide will help people from a wide range of organisations to adopt a step-by-step approach to addressing their digital resource management needs.

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