Archiving and preservation for research environments

Jenny Mitcham

Jenny Mitcham
Professional title: 
Head of Good Practice and Standards
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Short bio

Jenny Mitcham has been working in the field of digital preservation for 17 years after an early career as an archaeologist. Her data preservation work began at the Archaeology Data Service where she worked on the preservation of a range of different types of datasets, including databases, laser scan data and Geographic Information Systems, also developing front ends for online access. At the Archaeology Data Service, she led a successful application for the Data Seal of Approval (now CoreTrustSeal) and was involved in the ‘Big Data Project’. From here she moved to the Borthwick Institute for Archives at the University of York where she focused on establishing policy and procedures for both digital preservation and digitisation. Here she was heavily involved in research data management, both as a facilitator in training sessions for researchers and in working on a preservation infrastructure. She led the Jisc funded project ‘Filling the Digital Preservation Gap’ which was a finalist in the Research and Innovation category of the 2016 Digital Preservation Awards. She currently holds the post of Head of Good Practice and Standards at the Digital Preservation Coalition and has been working closely with the UK Nuclear Decommissioning Authority over the last two years on a digital preservation project. As part of this work, she has been involved in the development of a new maturity model for digital preservation called the Rapid Assessment Model and chairs a task force with a focus on the preservation of records from Electronic Document and Records Management Systems. She works with Coalition Members internationally to help facilitate collaboration and communication in the field of digital preservation.