Kevin Ashley is Director of the UK’s Digital Curation Center. The DCC was established by JISC in 2004 to provide services, training, practical advice and guidance to research institutions on digital preservation with a special focus on research data curation. He has served on a number of advisory and guidance bodies on information reuse, including the UK Archive Hub, NERC’s information strategy board and the Belmont Forum and has provided expert input to projects such as GRDI2020, OPENAire+, DL.ORG.
Kevin was formerly (1997-2010) Head of Digital Archives Department at ULCC where he delivered digital preservation and repository services to organisations including the UK National Archives and the British Library. These services included NDAD, which captured, preserved and provided access to UK government datasets. With Maggie Jones of the Digital Preservation Coalition he developed and delivered the award-winning Digital Preservation Training Programme (DPTP).
He was a member of the RLG/NARA task force which developed the first repository audit standard (TRAC) and was chair of JISC’s Repositories and Preservation Advisory Group. He was previously involved in the development and standardisation of network protocols, active in bodies such as ANSI, BSI and EWOS. He began his career in a medical research unit devoted to innovative uses of IT in the support of clinical research and practice.