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DigCCurr Professional Institute: Curation Practices for the Digital Object Lifecycle

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

United States

Learning Objectives
- overview of digital curation definition, scope and main functions
- where you see yourself in the digital curation landscape
- digital curation programme development
- Lab: DRAMBORA in action

- strategies for engaging data communities
- characterising, analysing and evaluating the producer information environment
- submission and transfer scenarios
- push and pull (illustrative examples)
- defining submission agreements and policies
- strategies for writing policies that can be expressed as rules and rules that can be automatically executed
- Lab: making requirements machine-actionable

- importance of infrastructure independence
- overview of digital preservation challenges and opportuniteis
- managing in response to technological change
- detaching bits from their physical media: considerations, tools and methods
- Lab: curation fo unidentified files

- returning to first principles: core professional principles to drive digital curation
- characterisation of digital objects
- Lab: assessing file format robustness

- access and user considerations
- access and user interface examples
- how and why to conduct research on digital collection needs
- Lab: analysing server logs and developing strategies based on what you find

- overview and characteriation of existing tools
- Lab: evaluating set of software options to support a given digital curation workflow
- formulating your six month action plan: task for each individual, with instructors available to provide guidance
- summary of action plans
- clarifying roles and expectations for the next six months

Training Fee
Regular registration: USD950; late registration (after 15 April 2012): USD1050. Optional accommodations (May 2012 only): USD300. January 2013 accommodation is the responsibilty of delegates.
Target Audience1
Managerial , Practical
Contact E-Mail
For Institute questions: Angela Murillo (amurillo@email.unc.edu); Payment or registration questions: Wakefield Harper (wharper@email.unc.edu).

The Institute consists of one five-day session in May 2012 and a two-day follow-up session and a day-long symposium in January 2013. Each day of the summer session will included lectures, discussion and hands-on 'lab' components. A course pack and a private, online discussion space will be provided to supplement learning and application of the material. An opening reception dinner on Sunday, continential breakfast, break time snacks and coffee, and a dinner on Thursday will also be included.

This institute is designed to foster skills, knowledge and community-building among professionals responsible for the curation of digital materials.

Instructors include:
Dr Cal Lee, Dr Richard Marciano and Dr Helen Tibbo from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill;
Dr Nancy McGovern from the University of Michigan;
Dr Seamus Ross from the University of Toronto;
Dr Carolyn Hank from McGill University.

1. Based on DPOE audience levels.

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