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Course Details

October 4th, 2013 10am-4pm
Glasgow, United Kingdom

Our generation has invested as never before in digital resources and we've done so because of the opportunity they bring. Digital collections have grown in volume, complexity and importance to the point that our children are baffled by the inefficiencies of the analogue age. Pervasive, fluid and vital: digital data is a defining feature of our age. Industry, commerce, government, law, research, health, social care, education, the creative industries, the heritage sector and private life depend on digital materials to satisfy ubiquitous information needs and expectations. But digital objects are fragile: at risk of loss, corruption or obsolescence, not to mention unlawful alteration or theft. Digital preservation – the series of managed activities necessary to ensure that digital materials remain accessible beyond the limits of obsolescence - is an issue which all organisations, particularly in the knowledge sector, will need to address sooner or later. Collection managers need digital preservation skills to ensure access to their growing digital collections, but training in these new skills can be hard to acquire.

This day long introduction assumes no prior knowledge except a willingness to engage with digital preservation. Through a series of presentations, case studies and exercises, participants will learn how to apply techniques of assessment, risk management and planning to help secure their digital collections.

Presentations and exercises will help participants:

  • Understand the range of issues associated with digital preservation
  • Survey and characterize a digital collection
  • Undertake preliminary risk assessment to manage their own digital collections
  • Understand preservation planning and write a basic preservation plan
  • Meet and network with others locally working in digital preservation

Course Format: On Site
Address: Rm 915 Adam Smith Building, Glasgow University Bute Gardens G12 8RT Glasgow
Duration: 6 hours
Audience Category: Collections managers, librarians, curators and archivists, IT managers in memory institutions, Records managers, CIO’s, Researchers with interests in research data management
Level: Executive , Managerial , Practical
Maximum Attendees:
Cost Range: £20 for non DPC members
Provider: DPC
Sponsored by: British Library Preservation Advisory Centre

Course website (external link)

This information is provided as a convenience for informational purposes only; it does not constitute an endorsement by the Library of Congress.