"Using DNA Technology to Store Digital Information" by Eurecom, 26th January at 14 (CET).

Webinar introduction: The growing adoption of AI and data analytics in various has resulted in digital preservation emerging as a cross-sectoral problem that affects everyone from data-driven enterprises to memory institutions alike. Historically, fundamental limitations in the density and durability of magnetic storage media has necessitated an active, migration-based approach towards digital preservation. However, as the amount of data stored continues to increase exponentially, such an approach is quickly becoming infeasible due to an associated increase in the cost of data migration.

In European Union-funded Future and Emerging Technologies project OligoArchive, we are exploring an unconventional storage media that can enable truly passive preservation--synthetic Deoxyribo Nucleic Acid (DNA). In this talk, I will highlight the opportunities and challenges in using DNA as a digital storage medium. In doing so, I provide an overview of the ongoing collaboration between project OligoArchive and the Danish National Archive in preserving culturally important digital data with synthetic DNA.

About the speaker: Raja Appuswamy is an Assistant Professor in the Data Science department at EURECOM--a Grandes Écoles located in the sunny Sophia Antipolis tech-valley of southern France, where he leads the EU Future and Emerging Technologies initiative OligoArchive that focuses on using DNA as both storage and computational media. He received his Ph.D in Computer Science from the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam. He also holds dual Masters degrees in Computer Science and Agricultural Engineering from the University of Florida, Gainesville.

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“Digitally archiving court judgments” by John Sheridan, The National Archives, 16th February at 14 (CET).

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"Supervision and collection of digital documentary heritage in Latvia" by Gatis Karlsons, Deputy Director of the National Archives of Latvia, 23 March 14-15 (CET).

Webinar introduction: This webinar is going to provide an insight into the supervision and collection of digital documentary heritage in Latvia. The National Archives of Latvia is supervising about 4000 institutions. Each of them is obliged by archives law to submit their electronic records to the National Archives within 5 years of their creation. This includes "regular" e-signed records, sound, image and audiovisual records as well as databases. This, of course, doesn't work so well as written in the law. Gatis Karlsons will explain the reasons why everything doesn't go so well and highlight possible solutions.

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“Harvesting data from Twitter” by Martin Rechtorik, The National Archives of the Czech Republic, 20th April at 14-15 (CET).

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"Interconnecting the information Lifecycle. How the Swiss Federal Archives closed the entire information lifecycle of the Swiss Federal Administration - from records management to online access of protected metadata" by Stefan Kwasnitza, SFA, 29 June at 14 (CET).

Webinar introduction: In 2021, the Swiss Federal Archives were able to close not only the archival, but also the entire information life cycle of the Swiss Federal Administration. With the interconnection of records management, digital archives and online access, the authorities can retrieve directly and sustainably all their information online. Due to the “Online Access to the Federal Archives” users can now fully access archival records online: they can search in primary as well as metadata, get help via chat or chatbox, view and download documents. Furthermore, users can submit requests to consult records in case access is restricted, and after having received authorization, directly access these records online by dint of a complex user rights management. Simultaneously with the Online Access, the SFA launched a new in-house infrastructure for the on-demand digitization. Users can order analogue records that are not only digitized but also stored and preserved in the digital repository. All future users can access these documents permanently. To cut a long story short: With the go-live of the online access, the SFA have completed the digital life cycle of archived documents.

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