7 July 2020 | 8 July 2020 - 9:00 - 17:00 BST Online | Zoom

The DPC is delighted to be part of ‘Rethinking Digital Preservation in a Time of Crisis’, a collaborative 2-day online training event organised by the Digital Curation Lab, Redeye, and the Photographic Collections Network.

Event background

During the Covid-19 lockdown we all became acutely aware of one of the most essential values of digital preservation: remote access. Most physical collections, libraries, and archives were closed down for several weeks. Working from home is problematic, especially when we keep in mind that we rather than working from home by design or choice, we are actually at home during a crisis trying to work. While not immediately evident, there’s a great difference between these two ways of working from home. In any case, primary access to collections is now digital more than ever. This brings the need for better understanding in digital preservation and the development of skills for digital curation to the fore more than ever before.

About the event

The Digital Curation Lab at the University of Salford’s MediaCityUK campus has teamed up with Redeye and the Photographic Collections Network to offer a 2-day online training and exploration event in collaboration with the Digital Preservation Coalition. The programme contains training sessions from the Digital Preservation Coalition, knowledge sharing conversations in a world café style, and keynote provocations by world-class specialists exploring the strategic and policy side of digital preservation programmes and the curation of digital objects. This event is not limited to the digital preservation of photographs or art objects but will also deal with preserving a wide range of audiovisual materials.


This event is delivered online via Zoom. You are welcome to attend some or all of the events; we are aware that due to homeworking many participants may not be able to attend all the sessions. If you have any enquiries about this please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Your participation; propose a conversation

Participants are invited to send in a brief proposal to participate in the world café conversations, outlining examples of good practice, digital preservation issues, and/or other ideas appropriate for sharing with others who may have similar interests. These proposals are to be made at the same time as registration for the two-day event.


Registration is now open through the PCN website at https://www.photocollections.org.uk/events/rethinking-digital-preservation-time-crisis

The event is free of charge and open to members of:


Who is this event for?

  • Anyone working with collections or archives of digital media, in particular if you are seeking to improve your practices, increase access, or set up new digital collections or archives. This can be at any scale from an individual’s archive to large museum or library. 

  • Anyone with issues around preservation or curation of digital material.

  • Anyone whose organisation is concerned with managing digital assets and collections, particularly if you are looking to improve digital preservation policies and programmes.

  • We will concentrate on audio-visual material; similar principles apply to photographs, sound, video, animation and 3D files. There is a focus on born-digital work, but the event should also be relevant to these working with physical objects that have been digitised. 

More information is available on the PCN website: https://www.photocollections.org.uk/events/rethinking-digital-preservation-time-crisis

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