About the Project

The Polonsky Digital Preservation Project is a collaboration between Bodleian Libraries (Oxford) and Cambridge University Library (Cambridge) with funding from the Polonsky Foundation. The project will enhance our digital preservation programmes by building on existing expertise and research in the field of digital preservation and curation; it will forge closer links with key digital preservation and curation advocates, including the Digital Preservation Coalition to preserve each institution’s digital assets for the researchers of the future.

Six digital preservation Fellows – three based as a team within each institution directed by a Project Board – will work collectively as a larger team, reporting to the Joint Steering Committee. At each institution there will be Fellow focusing on:

  1. Policy and planning development and implementation
  2. The development of expertise, training and community outreach
  3. The specification and implementation of the technical tools and workflows which underpin digital preservation activities

As local teams, the Fellows will address and support their institutions specific digital preservation needs. Activities will include, auditing current provision, reviewing current good practice and recommending enhancements that might be made to improve the local digital preservation infrastructure (including policy framework, provision of people skills, and technical infrastructure).

In a wider context, each Fellow will work closely with their partner at Oxford or Cambridge ensuring collaboration, enabling an exchange of knowledge between two organisations, and facilitating shared solutions if these emerge. To share knowledge to the wider digital preservation community, permanent outputs will be disseminated through this website, articles in journals and conference papers.

The DPOC Team

Back (L-R): Lee Pretlove, James Mooney, Dave Gerrard
Front (L-R): Edith Halvarsson, Somaya Langley & Sarah Mason.