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Practitioner Course

DPTP: The Practice of Digital Preservation

We are pleased to announce our new Course “DPTP: The Practice of Digital Preservation”.

This intermediate three-day course is aimed at practitioners already working in digital preservation and who wish to broaden their working knowledge of the field. It is ideal for practitioners who want to learn more about applying practices in their day-to-day work.

This course builds on and complements our two-day DPTP Introductory Course.

Students who attend are expected to have some familiarity with the OAIS Model, its concepts, and its terminology. Although the model will not be taught on this course, some of the underlying terms and concepts are used.

We also aim to give students confidence in continuing to maintain their own current awareness after the course, through further reading, future professional development training, and continuing to develop their own practical skills through their own continued experience of engaging with digital preservation.

Please contact us if you have any questions about the scope and content of the Practitioner Course. We would be happy to help you determine if it’s a good fit for your skills and experience.

The DPTP is working towards conformance with the skills and competency levels defined by the DigCurV Curriculum Framework. The course “The Practice of Digital Preservation” is aimed at Practitioners at a Basic level. This means that the course teaches a basic awareness of a given subject area, including basic knowledge of the range of issues that shape developments in the subject area. Practitioner Skills will enable a digital preservation professional to plan and execute a variety of technical tasks, both individually and as part of a multi-disciplinary team.

Who should attend

Archivists, records managers, curators, collections managers, librarians, information management professionals.

Learning outcomes

The course teaches awareness of:

  • Subject-specific knowledge and definitions
  • Digital preservation methods and approaches
  • Fundamental digital preservation principles
  • Appropriate technological solutions for digital preservation
  • Digital preservation tools and their use
  • The needs of the designated user community
  • The significant properties of digital objects
  • File format types and their structures
  • Migration pathways, tools and destination formats
  • Approaches for the preservation of databases
  • Approaches for the preservation of audio-visual content
  • Approaches for the preservation of email
  • Metadata types and how to use them
  • Using METS for digital preservation
  • Using PREMIS for preservation metadata
  • Using XML to build information packages
  • Audit and certification standards
  • How to construct a business plan for digital preservation

The course modules include:

  • Approaches to digital preservation
  • The Performance Model and Significant Properties
  • Understanding file formats
  • The structure of file formats
  • Approaches to preservation of email
  • Trusted digital repositories and self-assessment regimes
  • How to do metadata
  • XML and its use for digital preservation
  • Understanding and implementing METS
  • Understanding and implementing PREMIS
  • How to make a business case for digital preservation
  • Repository tools
  • Understanding and preserving databases
  • Communicating and working with user communities
  • An approach to the preservation of audio-visual content

Course times

The course begins at 10:00 and ends at 17:00 each day.

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