Monday, January 26, 2009

Event: DRAMBORA Auditors Training Course

From the Digital-Preservation discussion list.

Digital Curation Centre (DCC) and DigitalPreservationEurope (DPE)
DRAMBORA Auditors Training Course
Birkbeck College London, UK

Course overview
Based on practical research and developed jointly by the Digital Curation Centre (DCC)and DigitalPreservationEurope (DPE), the Digital Repository Audit Method Based on Risk Assessment (DRAMBORA) provides a methodology for self-assessment of digital preservation repositories. The toolkit (, has been evaluated and applied across a diverse range of organisations, such as national libraries, scientific data centres and archives. DPE is organising a series of training courses to train new DRAMBORA auditors. The second of these will be held at Birkbeck College in London, in February 2009.

Duration of the course
Three days, from Monday 9th to Wednesday 11th February 2009. The on-site training will be followed by students' individual work on a test assessment using the DRAMBORA toolkit.

Number of participants
The maximum number of course participants is 10.

Benefits of attendance
This course will enable attendees to:
  • Comprehend the concept of risk with regards to digital preservation repositories
  • Recognise the need for evidence-based evaluation for building trust in digital repositories
  • Understand how the DRAMBORA toolkit can be used to help design and develop systems and workflows that can help build trusted digital repositories
  • Obtain skills needed to undertake a thorough assessment of digital repositories using DRAMBORA toolkit
  • Appreciate the range of staff and skill-sets required to implement and sustain a trusted digital repository
  • Obtain a working knowledge of the issues surrounding assessment, audit and certification of digital preservation repositories.
Course modules:
Day 1: Key concepts in assessment of digital preservation repositories Day 2: Introduction to the DRAMBORA method and toolkit Using DRAMBORA Interactive in practice Day 3: Preparing the test assessment using DRAMBORA Setting up a DRAMBORA assessment - practical guidance

(See the full programme at the end of this message)

February 28th: Test audit
March 15th: Feedback on test audit

Target audience and requirements:
This course is aimed for 10 practitioners actively involved in funding, supporting, developing, implementing, and/or managing digital preservation repositories and interested in the assessment of digital repositories. The course will also be of value to auditors and risk managers from archives, libraries and museums sector, as well as other institutions such as data archives, government departments, legal and commercial sectors.

A mixture of lectures and practical activities will be offered with the main focus on hands-on group training. Subsequent to the course, students are required to complete a test audit using materials provided during the course. The audit results will be assessed and validated by the tutors and individual feedback given to each student via e-mail. Online support will be provided during the test audit period.

The DRAMBORA auditors training course will be conducted as a small, hands-on group training since it requires a higher concentration of practical activities and thus benefits from a smaller number of participants. The course will include:

. Hands-on structured practical exercises working alongside the trainers; . Case-based learning how to use the DRAMBORA toolkit by applying specific

Participants will be provided with access to online course materials relating to the topics that will be discussed both prior to and following the training event.

The course trainers will be DPE and DCC experts, who authored the DRAMBORA toolkit, have deep inside knowledge of other repository audit and certification tools and have experience in applying them in practice:
Perla Innocenti, HATII at the University of Glasgow Andrew McHugh, HATII at the University of Glasgow Raivo Ruusalepp, National Archives of Netherlands

Course fees:
The course fee is 200 GBP for DCC and DPE members and associated members, and 250 GBP for all other participants. The fee covers the cost of coffee-breaks, lunches and course materials for each participant.

The DCC and DPE aim to provide a series of courses which will develop the knowledge and skills of core communities, promote the importance of digital curation and preservation and educate in the ways that DCC and DPE methods and tools can help to resolve these issues. The programme does not aim to make a financial profit through following this responsibility. However, the DCC and DPE recognise that to cover nominal costs and to ensure attendance from those registered for the event, a small charge for courses will be necessary.

To learn how to become a DPE associated member (at no charge) please go to: To learn more about becoming a DCC Associate Network member, please go to

Register for this event using our online form at There are a maximum of 10 places available on this course.

The training will take place at Birbeck College, London (

How to get there:
View travel information for Birbeck College at

If you have any further queries or require additional information, please contact either:

Perla Innocenti
Humanities Advanced Technology and Information Institute (HATII) University of Glasgow
11 University Gardens
Glasgow G12 8QJ
Scotland, UK


Raivo Ruusalepp
Nationaal Archief
2595 LK, Den Haag

Detailed Course programme:

Day 1 (Monday 9th February):
Key concepts in assessment of digital preservation repositories

9.00 - 9.30 Registration and coffee
9.30-10.00 Welcome and introduction of trainers and participants 10.00-11.30 Session 1: Introduction - the landscape of assessment criteria for digital preservation repositories
11.30-11.45 Coffee
11.45-13.00 Session 2: The concepts of risk and risk management in digital preservation 13.00-14.00 Lunch 14.00-15.30 Session 3: Walkthrough of the 10 core principles of a trustworthy digital preservation repository: examples from real life (I)
15.30-15.45 Coffee
15.45-17.00 Session 4: Walkthrough of the 10 core principles of a trustworthy digital preservation repository: examples from real life (II) 17.00-17.30 Discussion and wrap up

Day 2 (Tuesday 10th February):
Introduction to the DRAMBORA method and toolkit

9.00 - 9.15 Coffee
9.15-10.30 Session 5: The DRAMBORA methodology and workflow 10.30-11.30 Session 6: Using the DRAMBORA Interactive toolkit - practical introduction
11.30-11.45 Coffee
11.45-13.00 Session 7: Using the DRAMBORA interactive - demonstration and hands on session 13.00-14.00 Lunch 14.00-15.30 Session 8: Using the DRAMBORA interactive - hands on session
15.30-15.45 Coffee
15.45-17.00 Session 9: Using the DRAMBORA interactive - hands on session 17.00-17.30 Discussion and wrap up

Day 3 (Wednesday 11th February):
Conducting DRAMBORA assessments

9.00 - 9.15 Coffee
9.15-10.00 Session 10: Introduction to the test assessment 10.00-11.30 Session 11: Practical hints for auditors
11.30-11.45 Coffee
11.45-13.00 Session 12: Role-play: practicing the assessment and interviewing techniques 13.00-14.00 Lunch 14.00-15.30 Session 13: Discussion of benefits of using DRAMBORA 15.30-16.00 Closing of the training course

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