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ADS wins prestigious international award

Date: 06/12/2012

The Archaeology Data Service (ADS) has been awarded the prestigious Decennial Prize, awarded specially to mark the tenth anniversary of the founding of the Digital Preservation Coalition. Based at the University of York and part-funded by the AHRC, the ADS beat stiff competition from international finalists to be named winner at a ceremony in London for outstanding work over the decade that the DPC has existed.

In the words of the judging panel, the Archaeology Data Service is an innovative group based in the Archaeology Department of the University of York. ADS has developed and thrived with an innovative business model that allows it to preserve an extraordinary range of data while providing free access to all comers. It ensures the longevity of data that would rapidly be lost or obsolete, and it has an impressive track record of research and innovation.

Receiving the award from Dame Lynne Brindley, founding Chair of the DPC, Professor Julian Richards, Director of the ADS, said: Winning this award is an outstanding achievement for the ADS and it is extremely gratifying to have the last decade's effort and hard work recognised by our peers. We would also like to take the opportunity to thank both past and present ADS staff members who have all contributed so much and also the members of the Management Committee who have supported and guided us so successfully over the period of the award.

For further information, please go to the Digital Preservation Coalition website.

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