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Understanding digital preservation

Preservation Advisory Centre Training Day

Tuesday 12 February 2013


British Library Centre for Conservation
96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB
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Digital preservation is about making digital content accessible for the long-term. To succeed at this, you need an understanding of both curatorial/archival principles and technical solutions. This training day is aimed at people working with library and archive collections who are new to the subject of digital preservation, whether they are librarians or archivists seeking more information on the ‘digital’ aspect or IT professionals keen to learn more about the ‘preservation’ component.

The day will provide an introduction to the issues, an explanation of the strategies for addressing them, and guidance on the steps to take to understand the digital preservation needs of your own organisation.


10.15 Registration
10.30 Welcome and introductions
10.40 Understanding digital objects
• What they are
• How they are created
• How they deteriorate
11.00 Understanding digital preservation
• Digital curation and digital preservation
• Conceptual models for digital preservation
• The digital lifecycle
• Jargon-buster
11.45 Break
12.00 Understanding your collection
• Audit
• Risk assessment
• Delegate exercise
12.45 Lunch
13.30 Understanding digital preservation options
• Technical preservation
• Technical emulation
• Information migration
• Storage strategies
14.15 Case studies
15.00 Break
15.15 You are not alone...further resources and help
16.15 End