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Introduction: Kevin Ashley

Posted by Kevin Ashley on June 13th, 2008

Kevin Ashley mugshot Hello. I’m Kevin Ashley, manager of the Digital Archives Department (DAD) at ULCC since its establishment in 1997 (the department, not ULCC.) During that time, DAD has set up and run the NDAD service for The National Archives, preserved digital material for the British Library (before handing it back to them to put in their shiny new Digital Object Management system), collaborated with Cornell and the DPC to produce the Digital Preservation Training Programme in the UK, and many other activities.

I’m currently chair of JISC’s Repositories and Preservation Advisory Group, and ULCC’s representative on the DPC board. My proudest achievement is the creation (with my quondam colleague Martin Powell) of a founder member in the Useless Web Pages Hall of Fame: the ULCC web telephone dialler – often imitated but never, IMHO, bettered. Unfortunately, both the dialler itself and the Hall of Fame are no longer with us on the web, and those links both depend on the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine. For that reason, and many others, I’m particularly interested in the success of PoWR.

2 Responses to “Introduction: Kevin Ashley”

  1. Richard M. Davis Says:

    Your Useless Web Pages are a salutary reminder of just how useless the Web could be in 1997. It’s a wonder it ever caught on. Should we be grateful such things have been preserved, or might it have been better to let them lie?! :)

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