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Getting started in digital preservation

This event was held on 21 March 2011 at Glamorgan Archives, Cardiff

Following on from the very successful 'Decoding the Digital' conference, the British Library Preservation Advisory Centre and the Digital Preservation Coalition are delighted to invite you to the first of four events designed to raise awareness of digital preservation issues, increase involvement with digital preservation activities and sign-post the support and resources available to help you on your way. This event provides an introduction to digital preservation, builds an understanding of the risks to digital materials, includes practical sessions to help you apply digital preservation planning and tools, and features speakers sharing their own experience of putting digital preservation into practice.

The sessions are aimed at librarians, archivists and collection managers in all sectors and in all sizes of institution who want to find out more about digital preservation and the implications for their organisation of having to retain, manage and provide ongoing access to large quantities of digital material. Throughout the day participants will gain confidence in addressing digital preservation issues and knowledge of achievable steps to put theory into practice and safeguard vulnerable digital content. Participants will be encouraged to tweet using the #starting_dp hashtag to create a live twitter feed from the event.


Introducing digital preservation (PDF format) 2.19MB
Dr William Kilbride, Digital Preservation Coalition

Things we wished we'd known: aka a DP confessional (PDF format) 444KB
Malcolm Todd, The National Archives

Risk management in digital preservation (PDF format) 911KB
Dr William Kilbride, Digital Preservation Coalition

Planning digital preservation (PDF format) 422KB
Caroline Peach, Preservation Advisory Centre

Digital preservation tools (PDF format) 763KB
Dr William Kilbride, Digital Preservation Coalition

Where to go from here ... (PDF format) 1.35MB
Dr William Kilbride, Digital Preservation Coalition


Why did you attend this event?

  • We need to develop digital preservation policy and procedures.
  • Practical approach and tools needed to tackle a (seemingly) unmanageable task.
  • To understand best way of digitally preserving image and sound files.
  • Starting program that will require digital preservation - community arts heritage project.
  • To better understand practical solutions/ways forward in digital preservation, how to work better with IT section to develop workflows for digital material in new deposited collections.

What did you learn?

  • Where to start. I did know more that I thought - have confidence.
  • There are lots of tools out there that can help.
  • A better understanding of challenges and obligations facing people working within archives.
  • Lots of issues to bear in mind around the issues of DP. Very interested to hear about PRONOM and DROID.
  • Start with a specific (small) collection - prepare policy and plan. Treat as a pilot to identify issues to apply to wider institutional preservation needs.

Other comments

  • Good structure to the day - mix of high level and day to day advice. Suggestions of next steps and online resources.
  • Programme was well thought out and very relevant. Interaction and exercises especially valuable.
  • Addressed major issues in a comprehensive and comprehensible way.
  • I think the inclusion of several practical sessions (group) was particularly useful.
  • Very well presented - offered some very attainable information and a lot of step by step guidance. Illustrate how elements relate across the board.


11.00 Welcome
11.05 Introducing digital preservation
11.35 Things we wished we'd known: aka a DP confessional
12.05 Risk assessment for digital preservation
12.35 Exercise - risk assessment in practice
13.20 Lunch
14.00 Planning digital preservation
14.20 Group sessions: planning digital preservation
15.10 Break
15.25 Case study: experience of using digital preservation tools
15.50 Where to go from here, and final discussion
16.30 Close