Monday, March 02, 2009

Event: DigCCurr Professional Institute: Curation Practices for the Digital Object Lifecycle

From the Metadata email list.

DigCCurr Professional Institute: Curation Practices for the Digital Object Lifecycle
Registration NOW OPEN!

June 21-26, 2009 & January 6-7, 2010 (One price for two sessions)
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Visit for more information and to register.

The institute consists of one five-day session in June 2009 and a two-day follow-up session in January 2010. Each day of the June session will include lectures, discussion and a hands-on "lab" component. A course pack and a private, online discussion space will be provided to supplement learning and application of the material. An opening reception dinner on Sunday, break time treats and coffee, and a dinner on Thursday will also be included.

This institute is designed to foster skills, knowledge and community-building among professionals responsible for the curation of digital materials.

  • Early registration (postmarked by March 15, 2009) : $600
  • Regular registration : $650
  • Late registration (postmarked after June 7, 2009) : $700
  • Accommodations (includes 5 nights of a private room in a 4 room/2 bath dorm suite on the UNC campus, with kitchen, linens, and internet access) : $280*
*We highly recommend that you choose the on-campus accommodations.

If you are a grant recipient working on a digital project, check with your program officer to request approval to use available grant funds to attend the institute.

Institute Instructors:
  • From the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: Carolyn Hank, Dr. Cal Lee, Dr. Richard Marciano, Dr. Helen Tibbo. Assisted by Heather Bowden.
  • Dr. Nancy McGovern, from the University of Michigan.
  • Dr. Seamus Ross, from the University of Toronto.
  • Dr. Manfred Thaler, from the University of Cologne.
Institute Agenda:

Monday, June 22, 2009
* Digital curation program development
* LAB - DRAMBORA and/or PLATTER in action

Tuesday, June 23, 2009
* Strategies for engaging data communities
* Characterizing, analyzing and evaluating the producer information environment
* Submission and transfer scenarios - push and pull (illustrative examples from DICE group projects)
* Defining submission agreements and policies
* LAB - Assessing File Format Robustness
* Importance of infrastructure independence

Wednesday, June 24, 2009
* Overview of the digital preservation problem
* Managing in response to technological change
* Characterization of digital objects
* LAB - Creating Ingest rules in iRODS
* From rules to trust - forms of evidence that a repository is doing the right things

Thursday, June 25, 2009
* Access and use considerations
* Access and user interface examples from DICE
* How and why to conduct research on digital collection needs
* LAB - Analyzing server logs and developing strategies based on what you find
* Returning to first principles - core professional principles that should drive digital curation

Friday, June 26, 2009
* Overview and characterization of existing tools
* LAB - Evaluating set of software options to support a given digital curation workflow
* Formulating your six-month action plan - task for each individual, with instructors available to provide guidance

January 6-7, 2010
Participants in the June event will return to Chapel Hill in Jan 2010 to discuss their experiences in implementing what they have learned in their own work environments. Participants will compare experiences, lessons learned and strategies for continuing progress.

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