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To celebrate the first International Digital Preservation Day on 30th November, we will be holding a Digital Preservation Roadshow, starting on 16th November, and concluding on the day itself with a talk and workshop. Please see below for more details.

Roadshow calendar

Come and meet the Digital Preservation team who will be at the venue listed below. Learn more about digital preservation, tell us what you think digital preservation is and contribute your ideas to future digital preservation activity across the University. We will have a retro technology display for you to reminisce about and online software emulation (featuring classic console and MS-DOS games). If that is not enough to tempt you, we will also have freshly baked cookies on a first come first served basis. We look forward to seeing you.

Thusday 16th November Alison Richard Building Foyer 1pm - 2pm
Friday 17th November Gordon and Betty Moore Library 12 noon - 2pm
Monday 20th November Department of Engineering Library 11am - 1pm
Tuesday 21st November University Library Entrance Hall 12 noon - 2pm
Wednesday 22nd November Churchill College 12 noon - 2pm
Friday 24th November Faculty of English Library Social Space 12 noon - 2pm
Thursday 30th November Faculty of English GR03 3pm - 5pm

Digital Preservation Day, 30th November

The Digital Future: discussing the importance of keeping today's digital materials for tomorrow's researchers

Venue: GR04, Faculty of English, 9 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT

Time: 10.30am - 12.30pm


We are delighted to introduce Professor Natasa Milic-Frayling to speak at 'The Digital Future' event. Prof. Milic-Frayling is Professor and Chair in Data Science at the University of Nottingham and is involved with two initiatives that are directly related to digital obsolescence and its effects on sustaining value of digital assets. Prof. Milic-Frayling is Chair of the UNESCO PERSIST Technology and Research Group and is the founder of Intact Digital which introduces new practices with software vendors to ensure continuous use of their clients' data.

Prof. Milic-Frayling will speak about the notion of 'digital continuity', proposing a requirement to creators of digital technologies to enable the use of their technologies beyond their market prime. Emulation and virtualisation are particular techniques to run old software and access old digital content but they come with complex licensing issues. Researchers and scholars however can virtualise open source research codes used in experiments and we can easily package research data and software together so that is can be used for decades to come. However, there is a problem with this and it is that problem that Prof. Milic-Frayling will explore. She will also explore the issue of economic sustainability, drawing on her own experience of software sustainability within the vendor market and asking similar questions of sustainability within an academic context.

Following a question and answer session, there will be a panel discussion about the University of Cambridge's digital future assets and the concerns from various perspectives. We will hear from Dr Anne Alexander (Digital Humanities Network, Centre for Research in Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities), Dr Katrina Dean (Curator of Scientific Collections, University Library), Huw Jones (Cambridge Digital Library, University Library) and Dr Arthur Smith (Deputy Head of Office of Scholarly Communication (Open Access)).

A buffet lunch will follow in the Faculty of English Social Space.

Digital Preservation Drop-In Session

Venue: GR03, Faculty of English, 9 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT

Time: 3.00pm - 5.00pm

Come along to find out about and try digital forensics, as well as experience the Web Archive's MS-DOS and console games made available by an online emulator. For one day only and courtesy of the Centre for Computing History, we also have a very special technology installation in the form of a working BBC Micro. We will also have the content from the roadshows available to view. We hope to see you there.

Share your old technology with us

If you have any old items of technology at your workplace (or at home) that you would like to share, do bring it along at the roadshow venues for us to see. If you are not able to do that, please send us a photograph via Twitter to @CamDigPres. As well as finding out where older technology can be found around the University of Cambridge community, the best examples will also feature in our Twitter advent calendar.