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T
he ERPANET/CODATA seminar on
the Selection, Appraisal and Retention
of Digital Scientific Data was held from
15-17 December 2003 at the Biblioteca
Nacional in Lisbon, Portugal. Bringing
together over sixty-five participants, the sem-
inar examined the current state of practice
in the selection, appraisal and retention of
digital data generated from diverse scien-
tific disciplines and through their collabora-
tion. Participants discussed issues relating to
changes in methods and interactions brought
on by swiftly advancing technologies, and
how archival concepts can best be applied
to the management and long-term preserva-
tion of digital data. The seminar also high-
lighted some conceptual obstacles that must
be overcome before effective collaboration
between diverse communities can take place.
T
he final report produced as a result of
this seminar, `The Selection, Appraisal
and Retention of Digital Scientific Data',
is now available online from: http://
www.erpanet.org/www/products/lisbon/
LisbonReportFinal.pdf.
M
ore information is available from the
ERPANET (Electronic Resource
Preservation and Access Network) and
CODATA (Committee on Data for Science
and Technology) Web sites, http://www.
erpanet.org/ and http://www.codata.org/.
R
eports presenting current thinking
concerning electronic records and
the recommendations of the International
Council on Archives have recently been
made available in the Publications sec-
tion of the ICA Web site at http://www.
ica.org/. The reports: ICA Study 13-1:
Authenticity of Electronic Records: A Report
by ICA to UNESCO, 2002, and ICA
Study 13-2: Authenticity of Electronic Records:
A Report Prepared for UNESCO and the
International Council on Archives, 2004, form
part of the ICA Studies series.
T
he Digital Preservation Coalition
(http://www.dpconline.org/) has
published its first annual company report
setting out its achievements between July
2002 and July 2003 against its aims. The
DPC works to advance digital preservation
in the UK and internationally. The report
can be downloaded from http://www.
dpconline.org/graphics/reports/index.
html#annual.
N
ew reports have also been pub-
lished by the Council on Library
and Information Resources (http://www.
clir.org/). Of the many valuable reports
available from their Web pages, two are of
particular interest with regard to the com-
mercial side of cultural heritage: `Business
Planning for Cultural Heritage Institutions'
by Liz Bishoff and Nancy Allen (January
2004) and `A Survey of Digital Cultural
Heritage Initiatives and Their Sustainability
Concerns' by Diane M. Zorich. (June
2003). All are freely available from http://
www.clir.org/pubs/reports/reports.html.
T
he OCLC offers links to its most
recent research presentations from
http://www.oclc.org/research/presenta-
tions/ and one particular author featured

on this page, Brian Lavoie, has published
two more papers relating to digital preserva-
tion: `Of Mice and Memory: Economically
Sustainable Preservation for the Twenty-first
Century' in Access in the Future Tense from
the Council on Library and Information
Resources (available online from http://
www.clir.org/pubs/reports/pub126/lavoie.
html), and `Implementing Metadata in
Digital Preservation Systems: The PREMIS
Activity' in D-Lib Magazine, vol. 10, no. 4
(http://www.dlib.org/dlib/april04/lavoie/
04lavoie.html).
A NEW ARCHIVAL TRAINING COURSE
AT UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW
T
he recent increase in legislation cov-
ering records in any media and a
number of high-profile scandals highlight-
ing bad records-keeping practice have com-
bined to lead an ever-increasing number of
organisations to employ a professional archi-
vist or records manager. This has in turn led
to renewed interest in archives and records
management as a career within the UK and
Irish graduate community. Until this year,
interested graduates in the UK and Ireland
had the choice of full-time postgraduate
courses for archivists and records manag-
ers in London, Liverpool, Aberystwyth and
Dublin, and distance learning courses from
Aberystwyth and Northumbria, but no
course in Scotland, and no course that could
be said to fully address the new challenges
of the Digital Age. All of this has changed,
with the University of Glasgow offering
an MPhil in Information Management and
Preservation (Digital)/(Archives & Records
Management).
T
his exciting, forward-thinking course
will provide post-graduate students
with training that will give them the full
range of skills to work as archivists and
records managers in the twenty-first cen-
tury. The course will specialise in the man-
agement of digital records and electronic
resources, but will also give the students a
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