Added on 11 May 2020


Following the huge demand for the first three months’ access to the free online digital preservation training Novice to Know-How, registration is now open for the months of August, September and October.

Researched, developed, and tested by experts within the digital preservation community, the training is practically focused, providing learners with the skills and confidence required to implement a simple and proactive digital preservation workflow within their organization. Novice to Know-How is part of The National Archives’ new digital capacity building strategy, ‘Plugged In, Powered Up’ and delivered by the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC).

DPC icons analyseThe training starts with a broad introduction to digital preservation issues and describes some of the ways to address these. It explores the steps to take for potential workflows and the technological solutions that can deployed. With an emphasis on free, easy-to-use solutions, the training includes detailed demos and course content is provided as mix of video, text, and quizzes.

“Digital Preservation is an international challenge, so while priority access will be for UK Archive Sector and DPC Member institutions in the first 12 months, the training content is designed to support anyone with an interest in furthering their digital preservation skills worldwide,” says Sharon McMeekin, DPC’s Novice to Know-How Project Manager.

Completion of Novice to Know-How is estimated to take 2 days (each course lasts 1-2 hours), learners may take courses on:

  • Introduction to Digital Preservation
  • Files, Files Formats, and Bitstream Preservation
  • Using DROID
  • Select and Transfer Digital Content
  • Ingesting Digital Content
  • Preserving Digital Content

Access to the Novice to Know-How course works on monthly 4-week cycles, starting on the 1st of each month when learners will receive an email from the DPC, notifying them that their account has been created. Learners will then have until the 28th of the month to complete their selected courses.

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