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Getting Started in Digital Preservation 2014 - with The National Archives

Getting Started in Digital Preservation 2014 - with The National Archives 

Getting Started in Digital Preservation 2014 - with The National Archives
04/04/2014 10:00 16:00
The National Archives, Kew - London
Fora and Roadshows (all welcome, registration essential)


The Digital Preservation Coalition, with help from partners around the UK and Ireland, are delighted to invite you to join them at workshop which will equip collection managers, archivists, librarians and conservators with the skills necessary for ‘Getting started in digital preservation’.

Digital preservation – representing all the activities necessary to ensure that digital objects and data can be found, accessed and deployed beyond the limits of technological obsolescence, media failure or creator dependency – is a growing challenge for agencies and individuals in all kinds of contexts.

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. Collection managers, IT officers, academic researchers, broadcasters, developers and industrial regulators need to ensure that the digital collections which they use and depend upon are accessible for the long-term: 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.

Dates for your Diary:

  • 4th April 2014, The National Archives, Kew
  • 2nd May 2014, University of St Andrews

More dates to follow shortly

New for 2014 - this workshop builds on the very popular 'Getting Started in Digital Preservation' series from 2013. This year, we'll be inviting participants back to a second event called 'Making Progress in Digital Preservation' which will aim to help them to overcome the practical and technical obstacles that inhibit or constrain the deployment of digital preservation tools.

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?

These workshops 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 managementHow to register?

Programme for 'Getting Started in Digital Preservation' at St. Andrew's University - 2nd May 2014

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

Slides from 'Getting Started in Digital Preservation' at The National Archives, Kew - 4th April 2014

Register now for Getting Started in Digital Preservation 2014 - with The National Archives on 04/04/2014 in London

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 member and costs 25 pounds per place for non-members. It should be paid by CASH on the day. We can accept cheques but please ensure you send with your name and the event date and venue otherwise we cannot allocate your payment to your name. Registration is now open for all.  There are currently 4 places available and 20 places available on the waiting list.

The registration is closed

Can’t make it?

We’ll publish the slides after each event and will tweet live from the event using the hashtag #DPC_GetStarted


The National Archives, KewMap
The National Archives, Kew
Ruskin Avenue
United Kingdom of Great Britain