27 July 2020 | 09:00 - 13:00 BST Online | Zoom

The DPC invites you to join us for an online workshop to explore a new online decision support tool for digital preservation.

The National Archives UK, with statisticians from the University of Warwick and partners from five other UK archives, has developed a decision support tool to map and quantify the risks and uncertainty involved in digital preservation. The Digital Archiving Graphical Risk Assessment Model (DiAGRAM) is a new risk management framework that captures the conditional dependencies of the risks to the long term survival of complex digital objects and presents these in a visual and intuitive way. The model enables a quantitative comparison of the very different types of threats to preservation outcomes, from software obsolescence to natural disasters.

DiAGRAM will: 

  • Improve users' understanding of the complex digital archiving risk landscape and of the interplay between digital preservation risk factors.

  • Enable archivists to compare and prioritise very different types of threats to the digital archive.

  • Aid in quantifying the impact of risk events and risk management strategies on archival outcomes for use in decision making, communication with stakeholders and developing business cases for targeted action.

Who should come?

This workshop will interest:

  • Archivists, librarians and curators managing digital preservation risks

  • Digital preservation specialists and repository managers

  • Records managers and other relevant staff responsible for collecting or managing digital records which need to be preserved for the long term

  • Information architects and engineers tasked with developing technical infrastructures for digital preservation

  • Postgraduate students or early career professionals with an interest in learning more about digital preservation risks

Indicative Programme

  • 09:00 Welcome (DPC)

  • 09:10 Background to the project - why is there a need to model digital preservation risk? (The National Archives)

  • 09:30 Overview of statistical methodology used (University of Warwick)

  • 09:50 Populating the model - elicitation and experts (The National Archives/University of Warwick)

  • 10:05 Break

  • 10:25 Introduction to the DiAGRAM tool and demo (The National Archives/University of Warwick)

  • 10:50 Workshop session - attendees will be encouraged to use the tool on their own laptops following a set of sample exercises. Help and advice will be available from workshop facilitators (The National Archives/University of Warwick)

  • 12:15 Q&A and feedback - attendees will be encouraged to ask questions and share their thoughts on the tool (DPC).

  • 12:45 Final Questions & Next Steps (DPC)

  • 13:00 Close

Pre-requisites for attendance

Attendees do not need to be experts in digital preservation to attend this webinar but will benefit from a basic knowledge digital preservation theory and practice and an understanding of the challenges of preserving digital content for the long term.

How to register?

Places are strictly limited and should be booked in advance. Registration is free.

Places will be allocated on a 'first come, first served' basis. 


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