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Getting Started in Digital Preservation - ABERYSTWYTH

Getting Started in Digital Preservation - ABERYSTWYTH 

Getting Started in Digital Preservation - ABERYSTWYTH
06/06/2013 10:00 16:00
DRWM, National Library of Wales - Aberystwyth
Fora and Roadshows (all welcome, registration essential)


BLPACThe 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 preservatio

Who should come?

This workshop will interest:

  • 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

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, UK.

Note that a no-show fee of 50.00GBP will be charged if you register but don't come on the day.  Please give us 7 days notice if you want to cancel your registration or swap with another person.

Now fully booked

Outline Programme

1000 – Registration open, tea and coffee
1030 – Welcome and Introductions (Caroline Peach)
1035 – Introducing digital preservation (William Kilbride)
1100 – Making sense of your collection case study (Invited speaker)
1120 – Discussion
1130 – Tool demo: making sense of a collection (William Kilbride)
1140 – Risk assessment and Digital Preservation (Caroline Peach)
1200 – Risk assessment exercise
1240 – Discussion
1245 – Lunch (provided)
1330 – Preservation planning case study (Invited speaker)
1350 – Preservation planning for beginners (William Kilbride)
1405 – Preservation Planning exercise (William Kilbride)
1450 – Short discussion (all)
1500 – Comfort break
1515 – Next steps in digital preservation (Caroline Peach)
1545 – Roundtable discussion
1600 – Close

Presentations from Glasgow, 10th April 2013


Presentations from London, 13th May 2013

Presentations from Aberystwyth, 6th June 2013

Can't make it?

We’ll publish the slides after each event and will tweet live from the event using the hashtag #dpcblpac In addition we are considering running the event later in the year at additional venues. So if you are interested in coming but can’t make it we’d still like to hear from you.


DRWM, National Library of Wales
Penglais Road
SY23 3BU
United Kingdom of Great Britain



#1 2013-03-07 14:31
I was really sorry to see that the registration is closed already. You probably had lots of people signing up immidiately, people who were more organised than me!
I would be grateful if you could let me know if you are thinking of organising this event again in London or near London, and/or if you have a waiting list for the event of the 13th of May. Many thanks
#2 William Kilbride 2013-03-07 14:45
Hi Stefania, We were impressed and surprised at how quickly this filled up and we will add your name to the informal waiting list, which I'm sorry to say is already quite long.

Because you work for the Wellcome Trust, and because Wellcome is a member of the DPC you are entitled to attend all of our events and I will add you to the email list so you get priority notification of our activities.
#3 William Kilbride 2013-03-22 17:13
In response to popular demand we're pleased to report that we've added an extra stop to the roadshow. We'll now be stopping in Belfast on 10th July. Details are online at:http://www.dpconline.org/events/details/56-getting-started-in-digital-preservation?xref=64