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Getting started in digital preservation

Thursday 6 June 2013


DRWM, National Library of Wales - Aberystwyth
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The British Library Preservation Advisory Centre and the Digital Preservation Coalition are delighted to invite you to join them at one of three events which will equip collection managers, archivists, librarians and conservators with the skills necessary for ‘getting started in digital preservation’.

Our generation has invested as never before in digital resources and we've done so because of the opportunity they bring. Digital collections have grown in volume, complexity and importance to the point that our children are baffled by the inefficiencies of the analogue age. Pervasive, fluid and vital: digital data is a defining feature of our age. Industry, commerce, government, law, research, health, social care, education, the creative industries, the heritage sector and private life depend on digital materials to satisfy ubiquitous information needs and expectations. But digital objects are fragile: at risk of loss, corruption or obsolescence, not to mention unlawful alteration or theft. Digital preservation – the series of managed activities necessary to ensure that digital materials remain accessible beyond the limits of obsolescence - is an issue which all organisations, particularly in the knowledge sector, will need to address sooner or later. Collection managers need digital preservation skills to ensure access to their growing digital collections, but training in these new skills can be hard to acquire.

This day long introduction assumes no prior knowledge except a willingness to engage with digital preservation. Through a series of presentations, case studies and exercises, participants will learn how to apply techniques of assessment, risk management and planning to help secure their digital collections. Presentations and exercises will help participants:

  • Understand the range of issues associated with digital preservation
  • Survey and characterize a digital collection
  • Undertake preliminary risk assessment to manage their own digital collections
  • Understand preservation planning and write a basic preservation plan
  • Meet and network with others locally working in digital preservation.

Who should come?

  • Collections managers, librarians, curators and archivists in all institutions
  • IT managers in memory institutions
  • Records managers in institutions with a need for long-lived data
  • CIO’s in organisations with commercial intellectual property
  • Students and researchers in information science and related fields
  • Researchers with interests in research data management.

Outline Programme

10.00 Registration open, tea and coffee
10.30 Registration open, tea and coffee – Caroline Peach
10.35 Introducing digital preservation – William Kilbride
11.00 Making sense of your collection case study –
Invited speaker
11.20 Discussion
11.30 Tool demo: making sense of a collection –
William Kilbride
11.40 Risk assessment and Digital Preservation –
Caroline Peach
12.00 Risk assessment exercise
12.40 Discussion
12.45 Lunch (provided)
13.30 Preservation planning case study – Invited speaker
13.50 Preservation planning for beginners – William Kilbride
14.05 Preservation Planning exercise – William Kilbride
14.50 Short discussion – All
15.00 Comfort break
15.15 Next steps in digital preservation – Caroline Peach
15.45 Roundtable discussion
16.00 Close

How to register

Places are strictly limited and should be booked in advance. Registration will close one week before the event and early booking is recommended as we expect these events will be popular. Registration is free for DPC members. Registration costs £20 per person for those who are not members of the DPC and should be paid in cash or cheque on the day. Note that we cannot issue invoices. Cheques can be posted in advance if made payable to ‘DPC’ and delivered one week before the event to DPC, Innovation Centre, Science Park, Heslington, York YO10 5DG.

Register via the Digital Preservation Coalition website.