Monday, July 27, 2009

Event: Digital Curation and Preservation Outreach and Capacity Building Event

From an email announcement....
Digital Curation and Preservation Outreach and Capacity Building Event
14-15 September 2009
Holiday Inn, Belfast, Northern Ireland

The Joint Systems Information Committee (JISC) and the Digital Curation Centre (DCC) in co-operation with the Strategic Content Alliance (SCA), the Public Records Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) and the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) are delighted to announce that we will deliver a joint two-day workshop in Belfast to help to establish more effective digital curation and preservation networks of support across the UK and between domains of public sector activity.

In particular, this workshop will explore:
  • the current capacity of small and medium-sized organisations (including universities) to effectively undertake long-term preservation of digital materials
  • how the mixture of organisations and support agencies in the area of digital preservation and curation can best work together, and how they relate to international initiatives
  • recent and emerging technical developments in the curation and preservation field
The workshop will provide a mixture of presentations, breakout sessions and practical exercises and aims to:
  • inform the ongoing refinement of the content and objectives of training and professional development courses for the widest possible audience.
  • establish requirements for curation and preservation support, advice, and guidance for various domains from both a local and UK wide perspective.
To this end, the workshop will provide half-day taster courses for both Digital Curation 101 (DC 101) and Digital Preservation Training Programme (DPTP) courses.

Benefits of participation will include:
Participation in this workshop will provide registrants with an opportunity to establish peer support networks to share their concerns, experiences, and approaches both with colleagues from Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK for digital curation and preservation activity within their institutions. The workshop will also enable participants to help inform the development of future training and professional development courses to ensure that they are fit for purpose.
Following this event, a short report will be drafted offering:
  • Recommendations for improved local and UK-wide communications and interactions between a range of support networks and public sector institutions;
  • A summary of local and UK-wide training and professional development requirements as gathered from the workshop participants.
  • A set of recommendations from a local and UK-wide perspective to inform the future development of digital curation and preservation training courses.
The venue:

The workshop will be held at the Holiday Inn, Belfast. If required, accommodation will be provided on-site for participants for the nights of September 13th and 14th 2009.

Holiday Inn
22 Ormeau Avenue

For directions to the venue, please see


Registration is open to participants from the university; schools; library; cultural heritage; local government; health; public broadcasting sectors. Preference will be given to participants from Northern Ireland but will also be open to eligible registrants from the rest of the UK and from the Republic of Ireland. Registration is free and participation is limited to 40 participants.

To register for this event, please complete the online form at

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