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Getting Started in Digital Preservation 2013 (London)

Digital Preservation Coalition and British Library Preservation Advisory Centre
Foyle Centre, British Library, London, NW1

United Kingdom

Learning Objectives
• 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
Training Fee
Target Audience1
Executive , Managerial , Practical
Contact E-Mail
13 May 2013 10:00am - 04:00pm

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.

1. Based on DPOE audience levels.

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