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Digital Preservation Training Programme (DPTP)

University of London Computer Centre
The National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin.


Learning Objectives
The training course modules are far reaching and comprehensive, addressing the most up-to-date and relevant topics in the digital preservation arena. Accompanying course materials and a large practical component ensures that any hands-on learning reinforces key concepts and strategies explored during the course. The content of the modules is tailored, in recognition of the fact that some issues are global in nature while allowing for national variations.

Course modules are taught via a mixture of lectures, discussions, practical exercises, and a class project. You can find out more about each module by clicking on the links below.

Five organisational stages
OAIS functions
Institutional repositories
Legal issues
Tools of the trade
Preservation approaches
Preservation metadata
File formats
Costs and risks management
Certification and outsourcing
Influencing the organisation
Training Fee
The course fee £435 (€541) + VAT. The DPC is offering three scholarships so that DPC members and associates can attend the 'Digital Preservation Training Programme' with ULCC in Dublin at the National Library of Ireland on 2-3 October 2012. Closing date for application for scholarship: 14 September 2012. More info here:
Target Audience1
Managerial , Practical
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Booking and payment queries:
02 Oct 2012 - 03 Oct 12

The course content is aimed at multiple levels of attendee: people from technical and archival professions come together, to learn the same standards and methods for digital preservation. The overall aim of the course is critical thinking, assessing ways of acting and planning at an organisational level.

Through a wide range of modules, the DPTP examines the need for policies, planning, strategies, standards and procedures in digital preservation, and teaches some of the most up-to-date methods, tools and concepts in the area. It covers these topics via a mixture of lectures, discussions, practical tasks and exercises, and a class project. (The course does not, however, offer hands-on training with any of these tools, and is not an ‘enabling’ course).

Scheduled DPTP courses run over 2-3 days and take place regularly throughout the year. In addition, we can provide a version of the course customised to suit your individual institutional needs, and delivered on-site.

Pre-course requirements

The following documents are required reading and underpin many of the course modules:

The Open Archival Information System Reference Model: Introductory Guide by Brian Lavoie (Office of Research OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc., DPC Technology Watch Series Report 04-01, 2004)
Trustworthy Repositories Audit and Certification: Criteria and Checklist - February 2007

The following document is optional reading:

Reference model for an Open Archival Information System (OAIS) [Consultative Committee for Space Data Systems, January 2002]

1. Based on DPOE audience levels.

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