24 January 2018 | 10:00-16:00 London | Senate House

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Event Description

The DPC, with support from CoSector at the University of London, the ARA, IRMS, Arkivum, Preservica, and Mirror Web, is pleased to invite students, researchers and new professionals 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 reflect on ‘what I wish I knew before I started’, or 'what I actually do all day' giving delegates an advantage in their own career development and helping those who frame the curriculum a chance to extend their students' readiness for the workplace. The day will end with a round table session, allowing delegates to ask questions about digital preservation practice and careers.

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 delegates 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

Indicative Programme

10:00 Registration Opens

10:30 Session One – Getting Started with Digital Preservation

  • Welcome and Introduction to Digital Preservation – Sharon McMeekin, DPC
  • Digital Preservation, an Information Manager’s Perspective - Steph Taylor, CoSector, University of London
  • Digital Preservation, a Technologist’s Perspective - Matthew Addis, Arkivum
  • Sponsor Presentations

12:30 Lunch – Sandwich lunch and refreshments provided

13:15 Session Two – What I Wish I Knew Before I Started

Presentations from Invited Speakers on working within the Digital Preservation field:

  • Adrian Brown, Parliamentary Archives
  • Glenn Cumiskey, British Museum
  • Edith Halvarsson, Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford
  • Dave Thompson

15:00 Comfort Break - Tea and coffee provided

15:20 Session Three – Roundtable with the Day’s Speakers

16:00 Thanks and Close


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 the event will be popular.

Registration is free for:

  • Staff and students of DPC members
  • Members of the ARA
  • Members of IRMS

Registration is £15 per person for all other delegates. Please register via the Eventbrite link included below, members should enter the promotional code DPCMEMBER to allow you to register for free. To check if your organisation qualifies for free attendance, please check the DPC Member List (http://dpconline.org/about/members). If you have any questions about registration, please contact Sharon McMeekin (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

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