The Digital Repository of Ireland (DRI) is delighted to share that Archiving Reproductive Health has been announced as a Digital Preservation Awards 2022 finalist for the prestigious National Records of Scotland Award for Safeguarding the Digital Legacy. This award celebrates initiatives for the practical application of tools to protect at-risk digital objects.
The Digital Preservation Awards are a worldwide celebration of significant and state-of-the-art contributions to securing our digital legacy and just one of the ways the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) helps to raise awareness of the strategic, cultural, and technological issues which make up the digital preservation challenge.
The Archiving Reproductive Health Project aims to provide long-term preservation and access to the many at-risk archives generated by grassroots women’s reproductive health movements before and during the campaign to repeal the 8th Amendment of the Irish Constitution. Funded by Wellcome Trust and administered by the DRI, the project is publishing and making available digital collections from activist organisations that otherwise would be lost. The preservation and publication of these collections add significantly to our understanding of women's rights movements and the history of reproductive healthcare in Ireland.
Archiving Reproductive Health has been shortlisted for a Digital Preservation Award along with the interdisciplinary research project ‘Legacies of Stephen Dwoskin’s Personal Cinema’ which preserves the diverse legacy of the late experimental filmmaker Stephen Dwoskin and ‘Preserving and Sharing the Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert Photographic Collection’, a photographic archive of the internationally significant Scottish photographer Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert (b.1969). Learn more about the finalists on the DPC website.
Sponsor of the Award for Safeguarding the Digital Legacy, Susan Corrigall of The National Records of Scotland said:
I’m delighted that the National Records of Scotland can help highlight and celebrate these projects. Their work is at the very core of digital preservation: saving important digital collections for future generations. All three finalists have challenged threats to our digital estate to preserve collections which enable us to explore key narratives within our society.
Following interviews with the Judges, the winners of the Digital Preservation Awards 2022 will be revealed at the presentation ceremony at the iPres 2022 conference in Glasgow, on Monday 12 September alongside the digital preservation community, friends, family, and peers from leading organisations.