Call for Metadata Focus Group Participants

The Preservation Metadata Standards Working Group is interested in learning more about your institution’s unique use cases for DPN.

Participants in the focus group can expect to share unique use cases and discuss how the Preservation Metadata Standards Working Group might best support their preservation efforts. The Working Group will also inform participants of our progress, which could potentially be useful for thinking about initial deposit preparations. If you choose to participate, the group will work to make sure it will be an efficient and helpful use of your time. 

To take part in this initiative, please select this link for our sign-up form, which will ask basic information about you, your institution and staffing, as well as information about the materials you intend to deposit. We estimate it will take approximately five minutes to sign up for the focus group and approximately an hour for the initial focus group session. Thank you for your time, and we look forward to hearing from you!

DPN Meetings

September 2016 Membership Call Audio

If you were not able to participate in our September member call, you may find an audio file of the call at this link. The slides for the call can be found here. Some of the topics discussed during the call were:

  • Member Committee Updates
  • Reminder about deposit agreements & onboarding
  • Preparing to deposit content

Winter is Coming...

DPN members are reminded that it is now time to be initiating 2016 deposits into DPN, if this has not already been completed.  There are many member institutions who have finalized deposit agreements and are depositing content, but for those who have not yet signed an agreement it is time to initiate that process.  The deposit agreement template can be downloaded on this site under Members > Legal Agreements.  Institutions can make needed changes to the template (be sure those changes are tracked) and send the template to me as soon as possible (mary@dpn.org). 

If the institution will be using DuraCloud Vault/Chronopolis or DuraCloud Vault/Texas Preservation Node as the means of depositing content, the account creation process can be started concurrent to the negotiation of the deposit agreement.  Just let us know your intentions. We will notify APTrust of signed deposit agreements for APTrust members, so the deposit process can be started.

Content should be in the actual deposit stage before November 21.  If your institution will have trouble completing everything by that date, please contact me to discuss the problem.

Questions?  Please let us know. Thanks!    -Mary


Connections Newsletter - August 2016

In this issue of Connections, our Metadata Standards Working Group shares how they are working to outline the standards that DPN will follow for preservation. As well, two new board members are introduced, the DPN v2.0 software release is discussed, and news from around the preservation community is shared. Be sure to check out the issue here


Preservation Metadata Group Publishes Summary

The Chair of DPN’s Preservation Metadata Standards Working Group (PMSWG) has published a summary of the committee's primary deliverables and their status. Thus far, their work has centered around refining the DPN BagIt Specification, identifying an initial use case, and creating a working concept of the “core” metadata record. You may read the one-page summary here.