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Press release: Outstanding contributions to digital preservation recognised

Quality of winners and nominees at Digital Preservation Coalition 2012 awards ceremony highlights the importance and progress securing long- term future of digital collections.

December 5, 2012

Quality of winners and nominees at Digital Preservation Coalition 2012 awards ceremony highlights the importance and progress securing long- term future of digital collections.

Oxford | 5 December 2012. Tessella, world leaders in digital preservation, congratulates all of the winners and nominees for the Digital Preservation Award and thanks the Digital Preservation Coalition ( for organising the event. The Digital Preservation 2012 awards ( were announced at a prestigious ceremony held at the Wellcome Collection in London, UK on Wednesday 3rd December 2012.

Jon Tilbury, Tessella’s Director of Archiving Solutions, said: “I am delighted that the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) organised this award ceremony. They have created a much needed forum to highlight the importance of the work being done in digital preservation and to recognise initiatives and individuals from around the world that have made an outstanding contribution to safeguard digital resources for the future.”

“Tessella has a long association with the ceremony, being part of award winning teams in 2003 and 2007 as part of The National Archives’ digital archive and PRONOM/DROID respectively. This year we were involved in three of the four projects nominated in Research and Development in Digital Preservation category including the winning PLANETS project (, and two of the four nominated projects Decennial category.”

Dr Rob Sharpe, Tessella’s Head of Archiving Solutions added: “Providing practical solutions to the Digital Preservation challenge is a collaborative effort. I have been delighted to have been part of so many of the projects nominated this year and to have had the opportunity to work with the leaders in this emerging field. The PLANETS project in particular has moved our knowledge forward huge strides and the output from all of this work will lead to digital material being kept safe for future generations.” -ends-

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About Digital Preservation at Tessella

Tessella is world leader in digital preservation solutions, technology, consulting and research. Customers in 10 countries across 4 continents rely on our on-premise solution, SDB, to preserve their priceless digital information. The same world-leading solution is available on a pay as you go plan with our Software as a Service offering Preservica. Our core technology, now in its fourth generation, has won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the Innovation category. It provides a stable, professionally-supported platform with the flexibility to deliver individual customer needs.

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About Digital Preservation Coalition

The DPC is an advocate and catalyst for digital preservation, enabling its members to deliver resilient long-term access to content and services, helping them derive enduring value from digital collections. It raises awareness of the importance of the preservation of digital material and the attendant strategic, cultural and technological issues. DPC is a not-for-profit membership organisation and supports its members through knowledge exchange, capacity building, assurance, advocacy and partnership. Its vision is to make our digital memory accessible tomorrow.


Planets (Preservation and Long-term Access through Networked Services) is a four-year €15 million project co-funded by the European Commission under its Information Society Technologies (IST) priority of the Sixth Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration (IST-033789).

Since 2006, the project has been working to develop a framework and a suite of technology to enable institutions in Europe to manage and access their digital collections for the long-term. Planets is coordinated by the British Library and delivered by 16 Consortium partners, comprising national archives, national libraries, research institutions and commercial companies in Europe.

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