The Python Study Group Program

Effective digital preservation needs ongoing, continuous development of various skills. In particular, scripting and coding skills are necessary to effectively support and develop digital preservation tasks and workflows. Despite this recognized need, digital preservation practitioners often describe this as a gap in their skillset and point to difficulties to identify relevant training opportunities for developing these skills to the extent that they can be practically and meaningfully used. 

The main purpose of the BitCurator Consortium (BCC) and Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) Python Study Group (PSG) program is to provide a regular and effective training program and community of learning focused on the development of scripting and coding skills, which can be practically and meaningfully applied to digital preservation activities and workflows.   

The main aims of the program are to:

  • Support the community

  • Develop skills

  • Build capacity

  • Collaborate

How can I get involved?

Participation in the Python Study Groups is open to BCC and DPC members, and the wider digital preservation community. 

Please note that to keep numbers manageable, there will be a finite number of places in the study groups. There will be priority places set aside for DPC and BCC members as well as a limited number of places for those who are not currently members of these organizations (see Python Study Group Terms of Reference ).

Two Python Study Group Launch and Information Sessions took place on the 17th/18th of October. The Expression of Interest Form from this event can be found here. Please note this form will close on the 3rd of November. 

More about Program Mentors and Governance Group Members

There are different ways to participate in the Python Study Groups Program! You can join one of the study groups as a participant, learning more about Python, or you can help form the program by becoming a Governance Group Member. We are also actively seeking Program Mentors to help support study groups.

Read more about the different roles.

Terms of Reference 

Python Study Group Terms of Reference



About the BCC

The BitCurator Consortium (BCC) is an independent, community-led membership association that promotes sustainable curation of born-digital materials by any organization responsible for caring for such materials. The Consortium is building a community of organizations that support practitioners responsible for digital archiving and preservation work, especially through the application of free and open-source tools. Activity is conducted remotely and membership is open to all. 


About the DPC

The DPC is a membership organization, managed by a small team of full time staff and overseen by a Board of Directors appointed from our Full Members. Our vision is to build a welcoming and inclusive global community, working together to bring about a sustainable future for our digital assets. Our work spans advocacy, community engagement, workforce development, good practice and good governance. These actions create, empower, structure and extend a global community, working together for a sustainable digital legacy.




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