Finalist for National Award

September 30, 20161:51 pmOctober 4, 2016 9:45 amLeave a Comment

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Suffolk Record Office is delighted to announce that its project – “Preserving Suffolk’s Digital Assets” is a finalist for ‘The National Archives Award for Safeguarding the Digital Legacy’ in the prestigious Digital Preservation Awards 2016.

Run by the Digital Preservation Coalition, the awards are a world-wide celebration of those who have made significant and innovative contributions to ensuring our generation’s digital legacy will be available tomorrow. Chair of the judges and 2014 Digital Preservation Awards winner Adrian Brown said, ‘The quality of applications this year has been astonishing’.

The small team from the council’s ICT and record office worked with external suppliers Preservica and Orangeleaf to transform how digital files are managed, preserved and shared. In a short space of time they have delivered a ‘Trusted Digital Repository’ (the equivalent of a strongroom for paper records) and a brand new interactive website which provides easy access to 900 years of Suffolk’s history, with links to over 326,000 electronic catalogue records, interesting information and stories, image galleries and online exhibitions.

It also hosts the latest news on “The Hold: A Suffolk Archives Service for the 21st Century” project which has attracted initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund and is in the early stages of the Development Phase http://www.suffolkarchives.co.uk/the_hold

Councillor Richard Smith, Cabinet Lead for Finance and Heritage says “We are delighted to be named finalists in the DPC Awards against some very stiff competition. The project clearly demonstrates how a small specialist team working in partnership with external suppliers can contribute to the transformation of digital preservation and access across the authority – and deliver new and really innovative services to the public”

Winners will be announced at a ceremony at the Wellcome Trust in London on Wednesday 30th November. For more information on the awards, visit the DPC website.

Written by Judith Stephenson

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