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Digital Preservation Management: Short-Term Solutions for Long-Term Problems

University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida

United States

Learning Objectives
Workshop Goal

Promote Practical and Responsible Stewardship of Digital Assets

The goals of the workshop are to foster critical thinking in a technological realm and provide the means for exercising practical and responsible stewardship of digital assets in an age of technological uncertainty. The workshop sessions are geared towards making a digital preservation program doable for any organization and all of the sessions include as many relevant examples as we can fit.
Training Fee
USD $ 950.00 (includes daily lunch and one group dinner)
Target Audience1
Contact E-Mail
08 Jan 2012 - 13 Jan 12

The Digital Preservation Management Workshops, a series presented since 2003, incorporate community standards and exemplars of good practice to provide practical guidance for developing effective digital preservation programs. The workshops, partially funded by grants from the NEH, were initially developed at Cornell University beginning in 2003 under the direction of Anne Kenney and Nancy McGovern and have been further developed under the direction of Nancy McGovern at ICPSR since 2008.

Workshop Audience

The workshop series is intended for managers who are or will be responsible for digital preservation programs in libraries, archives, and other cultural institutions.

Instruction Team

Dr. Nancy Y. McGovern has been a developer of the workshop series since its inception at Cornell in 2003 and continues to serve as the director and primary instructor with a team of expert instructors.


The workshop includes interactive presentations, group discussions, exercises, individual assignments, and a keynote presentation by an international expert in digital preservation. Workshop attendees explore the range of components needed to develop an effective digital preservation program. Workshop materials include action plans for organizations to complete when participants return to their institutions. Action plans result in organization-specific plans that incorporate technical, financial, organizational, and policy aspects encompassing the full life cycle of digital objects. The workshop focuses on strategies for organizations to implement now, while research and development goes forward in creating longer-term solutions that can be incorporated into the program framework. Workshop curriculum is continually updated to reflect the latest community standards and practice.

The workshop builds on the Digital Preservation Online Tutorial — a prerequisite for the workshop.

A few notes about sessions that build on workshop concepts:

Three-Legged Stool: an effective digital preservation program needs to consider the organizational infrastructure, technological infrastructure, and requisite resources — three core workshop sessions address these.

Action Plans are a workshop takeaway — a to-do list for developing policies and practice at home institutions.

Technology Trends and Practice - workshop sessions incorporate and examine the implications of recent research and developments in the DP community.

Virtual Field Trip is an interactive session with instructors.

Readiness addresses self-assessment and audit issues for developing a DP programme.

Preservation-in-Action is a series of organizational case studies about their DP programmes.

1. Based on DPOE audience levels.

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