The Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) relaunches an updated version of its Rapid Assessment Model (or DPC RAM) this week.
Designed to enable rapid benchmarking of an organization’s digital preservation capability, the DPC RAM is a digital preservation maturity modelling tool which aims to be applicable for organizations of any size in any sector, and for all content of long-term value.
Originally developed in conjunction with the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority in the UK and first launched in 2019, the DPC RAM uses existing good practice to offer a model which is easy to understand, quick to apply and freely available for anyone to use. With continuous improvement at its core, the DPC RAM supports progress in digital preservation. The DPC recommends applying the RAM on an annual basis to check progress and assess goals.
Version 2 of DPC RAM retains its existing structure of 11 sections and 5 maturity levels and the examples provided within the model now cover additional areas such as user needs, ethics, environmental sustainability, accessibility, organizational strategy and continuity planning. Other changes to the model have focused on ensuring consistency and clarity.
The tool is available for anyone to use, but DPC members receive exclusive access to an additional comparison feature which supports goals setting, internal advocacy and peer evaluation.