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DigCurV project launch

DigCurV , a project funded by the European Commission’s Leonardo da Vinci programme, to establish a curriculum framework for vocational training in digital curation started on the 1st January.

Europe’s digital sector has seen strong growth in recent years. The pace of development and change in the information technology sector presents challenges to cultural institutions responsible for management and long-term preservation of digital collections. Ensuring that staff have access to the necessary training is a challenge institutions face. A Market and Trend Analysis Report completed by DigitalPreservationEurope shows that digital preservation is becoming one of the main strategic priorities for institutions – they are increasingly aware that digital resources are fragile and that they are at risk.
DigCurV will address the availability of the vocational training for digital curators in the library, archives, museums and cultural activities sector needed to develop the new skills needed for the long-term management of digital collections.
The thirty month project will identify, analyse and profile existing training opportunities and methodologies, survey training needs in the sector, while identifying the key skills and competences required of digital curators. It will establish a curriculum framework from which training programmes can be developed in future.  The curriculum will be tested and evaluated by stakeholders during the project. Results will be disseminated widely culminating in a final conference for policy and decision makers to raise awareness of the curriculum and promote its exploitation.
DigCurV brings together organisations from Europe, Canada and the USA with a strong track record of international working in the field of digital libraries and digital preservation. For more details about the consortium see: http://www.digcur-education.org/eng/About/Founding-Participants

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