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What I Wish I Knew Before I Started: DPC Student Conference 2016

What I Wish I Knew Before I Started: DPC Student Conference 2016 

What I Wish I Knew Before I Started: DPC Student Conference 2016
22/01/2016 09:30 15:30
Senate House, London - London


Sponsor LogosThe DPC, with support from the Archives and Records Association and the Institute for Historical Research, is pleased to invite students and researchers in archives, records management and librarianship to a one day conference on practical workplace skills in digital preservation. This conference will bring a select group of leading practitioners together with the next generation of archivists, records managers and librarians to discuss the challenges of digital collections management and digital preservation.  The day will open with a consideration of digital preservation basics and a scan of emerging trends in digital preservation.  In the afternoon, a group of invited speakers will be invited to reflect on 'the things they wish they knew before they started', or 'what I actually do all day' giving students an advantage in their own career development and helping those who frame the curriculum a chance to extend their students' readiness for the workplace.

This conference will:

  • Provide participants with a core grounding in applied digital preservation
  • Provide an overview of emerging trends in digital preservation
  • Present practical examples of the sorts skills that employers are looking from in staff working in digital preservation
  • Present role models of practitioners whose careers have taken them to leading positions in digital preservation
  • Allow students and their tutors to question practitioners about their day-to-day work and the skills that they reply upon

This day will be of interest to:

  • Students and recent graduates in library and archive schools
  • Students and recent graduates in information management and records management
  • Tutors, lecturers and course convenors in library and archive schools, or who teach records management or information governance
  • Innovators, vendors and commentators on digital preservation and cognate fields
  • Employers seeking to understand the skills needed to operate digital preservation facilities or seeking to recruit new entrants

Places are strictly limited and should be booked in advance.  Priority will be given to DPC members and to students from relevant information management programmes.


09:30  Registration Opens

10:00  Session One – Getting Started with Digital Preservation
           Introduction to Digital Preservation – Sharon McMeekin, DPC
           Digital Preservation, an Information Manager’s Perspective – Steph Taylor, ULCC
           Digital Preservation, a Technologist’s Perspective – Matthew Addis, Arkivum
           Sponsor Presentations

12:00  Lunch – Sandwich lunch and refreshments provided

12:45  Session Two – What I Wish I Knew Before I Started
           Presentations from the following Invited Speakers on working within the Digital Preservation field.

  • Adrian Brown, Parliamentary Archives
  • Glenn Cumiskey, British Museum
  • Helen Hockx-Yu, Internet Archive
  • Ann MacDonald, University of Kent
  • Dave Thompson, Wellcome Collection

14:25  Comfort Break - Tea and coffee provided

14:45  Session Three – Roundtable with the Day’s Speakers

15:30  Thanks and Close

Can't Make it?

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


Places are strictly limited and must be booked in advance to guarantee a seat. Registration is free and priority will be given to students currently undertaking a degree programme in archives studies, records management, librarianship or related subjects. There are 99 places currently available and 30 spaces on the waiting list. To secure your place please complete the form below. Full joining details will be provided a week before the event and cancellations must be received at least 7 days before the event or a 'no-show' fee of £30 will be charged.

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Senate House, London
Malet Street
United Kingdom of Great Britain