30 November 2017 | 10:00 - 15:30 (GMT) Dublin, Ireland | Trinity College Dublin Berkeley Library

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The Digital Repository of Ireland, Wikimedia Ireland, and the Library of Trinity College Dublin are co-hosting a Digital Preservation Community Workshop on 30th November as part of TCD Library's marking of International Digital Preservation Day (IDPD2017).

The workshop, led by Rebecca O’Neill, Project Coordinator with Wikimedia Ireland, is an opportunity for digital preservation practitioners in Ireland to come together and share knowledge about institutional best practices and methods, through the medium of a collective creation and editing of Wikipedia pages on a variety of digital preservation subjects.

Taking the structure of a ‘Wikithon’, this event will facilitate conversations and knowledge sharing between both curators of digital collections in cultural institutions and those who are new to digital preservation but curious about finding out more.

This workshop is open to digital collection curators, practicioners, digital humanities researchers, information professionals and anyone interested in the field of digital preservation. In-person spaces are limited so booking is essential. It will incorporate a special exhibition about digital preservation being held in Trinity College Library on the same day. Online participation will also be faciliated; more details closer to the time.

Participants are also invited to attend an evening public lecture at 6:30pm, Digital Cultural Heritage and the Limits of Preservation, part of the Library's IDPD2017 programme.


Objective: increase Wikipedia presence of digital preservation initiatives in Ireland

Objective: use Museum of Technology exhibit (below) as inspiration for editing / creating Wiki pages on the topic of legacy digital preservation

Participants can focus on either or both of these objectives.


10:00 – 11:30: Introduction to Wikimedia and how-to edit Wikipedia pages. Discussion about scope of Wiki pages to edit, including sections on digital preservation initiatives at Irish cultural institutions. Led by Rebecca O'Neill, Project Coordinator at Wikimedia Ireland.

11:30 – 12:30: Participants view ‘pop-up’ Museum of Technology exhibition set up in the Berkeley Library, curated to align with the IDPD2017 theme "Bits Decay: Do Something". This will include:

  • Physical display of functioning and non-functioning legacy hardware from Trinity collections;
  • Demonstration of programs and games on functioning legacy hardware;
  • Demonstration of web archives using the Wayback Machine and the UK Web Archive;
  • Demonstration of emulation/virtualisation of legacy environments on new modern hardware.

From the exhibition, participants can glean ideas for Wikipedia pages to add and edit in accordance with Objective 2 above.

12:30 – 13:30: Lunch break (Many cafes on TCD campus)

13:30 – 15:30: Live editing facilitated by Rebecca O’Neill and other Wikimedia facilitators

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