5 June 2013 | 10:00 - 16:00 Dawson Street, Dublin | Royal Irish Academy


An APARSEN Training Event Organised by the Digital Preservation Coalition in association with the Digital Repository of Ireland and sponsored by the European Commission

This two-ddri_logo_colour_tight_croppeday training event, organised by the DPC in association with the Digital Repository of Ireland on behalf of the APARSEN Project, will focus on the topic of ‘Trust’ in relation to the preservation of digital objects. Long established as a key issue for those engaged in digital preservation, it will examine how we can establish trust in preservation processes and actions from a number of different perspectives.

The workshop is a distinctive fp7-euaddition to digital preservation training activities in Europe. It is intended for managers and staff already working in digital preservation. It assumes a working knowledge of existing standards like the Open Archival Information System - OAIS - as well as an understanding of how issues of preservation apply to their own institution.

This training event is co-funded by the European Community’s 7th Framework Programme for Research and Development FP7/2007-2013 – ICT-2009.4.1: Digital Libraries and Digital Preservation (grant agreement No 269977), the APARSEN Project.

What will we do?

Attendees are welcome to attend one or both days.

The first day, presented in a workshop format, will include presentations from the APARSEN project on its work on the audit and certification of repositories, and the capture and maintenance of authenticity and provenance information for digital objects. Presentations from guest speakers will also examine trust in relation to data sharing and reuse, and establishing trust in digital preservation practitioners. Attendees will also be encouraged to participate actively in a panel discussion on the topics covered. Day one is intended for researchers, practitioners and managers looking for a practical introduction to latest thinking on the topic of Trust in digital preservation. It will help them evaluate options, understand emerging trends and make informed recommendations for action.

The second day will be a ‘deep dive’ into the issues of certification, authenticity and provenance, providing practically focused training on each topic. This will include more detailed and more presentation and discussion of emerging trends and case studies derived from the APARSEN project, and will make use practical exercises. Day two is intended for practitioners seeking to implement practical solutions or seeking to improve existing workflows in their institutions.

Participants in this workshop will:

  • Gain an understanding of the importance of trust in the relation to the preservation of digital objects and data.
  • Hear about the latest developments from the APARSEN project
  • Learn about the framework developed within APARSEN for the capture and maintenance of authenticity and provenance data
  • Understand the issues relating to trust and the sharing and reuse of social science data
  • Gain an understanding of the European framework for the audit and certification of digital repositories
  • Hear about the outcomes of the DigCurV project and the competences required to work effectively within digital preservation
  • Learn how to undertake an self-assessment of their repository using the data seal of approval
  • Have an opportunity to discuss their own experiences and issues relating to ‘trust’
  • Be invited to feedback their own concerns and questions relating to ‘trust’ to researchers and developers working on the topic.

In addition, participants on the second day will

  • Participate in practical exercises relating to the topics covered and discover solutions they will be able to implement within their own organisation

Who should come?

This training event will interest:

  • Records managers and information officers in organisation that rely on long-lived data
  • Risk managers, executives and chief information officers seeking to minimise information risk or maximise information potential
  • Collections managers, librarians, curators and archivists in all institutions
  • Tools developers and policy makers in digital preservation
  • Innovators and researchers in information technology and computing science
  • Vendors and providers of services for preservation, records management and forensics
  • Innovators, vendors and commentators on digital preservation and cognate fields
  • Analysts seeking to develop tools and approaches for information management

Outline Programme

Tuesday 4th June

1000 Registration and Coffee

1030 Welcome and introductions - William Kilbride, DPC

1040 Introduction the APARSEN Project – Sharon McMeekin, DPC/APARSEN

1100 Introduction to The Digital Repository of Ireland – Natalie Harrower, DRI

1120 Documenting the Authenticity and Provenance of Digital Data – Mariella Guercio, CINI/APARSEN

1155 Social Science Data - strategies for sharing – Aileen O’Carroll, Digital Repository of Ireland

1230 Lunch

1315 Audit and Certification, the European Landscape – Ingrid Dillo, DANS/APARSEN

1350 Audit and Certification, an Auditors Perspective - Barbara Sierman, KB/APARSEN

1425 Trust and Digital Preservation Professionals - Laura Molloy, HATII / DigCurv

1500 Tea and Coffee

1530 Roundtable

1630 Thanks and Close

Wednesday 5th June

0930 Authenticity and Provenance Framework Session - Mariella Guercio (see above for slides)

1100 Tea and Coffee

1130 Data Seal of Approval - Hervé L'Hours

1300 Lunch

1400 Data Seal of Approval cont'd

1600 Thanks and Close

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