Preserving Digital Archives

Certificate Eligibility: 
5 ARC, 0.75 CEU
1 day
Max Attendees: 
Tactical and Strategic

How do you start a digital preservation program? This course is designed to help practitioners move from understanding the core vocabulary, standards, and best practices of digital preservation toward program planning, policy development, and systems evaluation. Through presentation, discussion, and hands-on exercises, the course will build on core concepts, explore organizational aspects of digital preservation, introduce tools and standards for technical and preservation metadata, and examine factors to consider in evaluating and selecting digital preservation systems.


Attendees may bring a laptop to participate in this course, but it is not required.

Learning Outcomes: 
Describe core concepts—best practices, vocabulary, and standards—related to preserving digital archives
Take the steps necessary to plan a digital preservation program
Discuss the basics of technical and preservation metadata, including relevant standards and tools
Identify a range of digital preservation systems and establish a set of criteria for evaluating them
Who Should Attend: 

Archivists, records managers, and other information professionals who are or will be responsible for the preservation of born-digital materials

What You Should Already Know: 

Participants should understand archival fundamentals and be familiar with the basics of metadata and computer systems. We strongly recommend that participants complete the Thinking Digital webinar prior to taking this course.


Taking Basics of Managing Electronic Records and Electronic Records—The Next Step or Digital Curation: Fundamentals for Success prior to this course will ensure that you’ll maximize the knowledge gained in this offering.

DAS Core Competency: 
2. Communicate and define terminology, requirements, roles, and responsibilities related to digital archives to a variety of stakeholders.
3. Formulate strategies and tactics for appraising, acquiring, describing, managing, organizing, preserving, and delivering digital archives.
4. Incorporate technologies throughout the archival lifecycle.
"I appreciated that this course goes over all stages of the process, from assessing your collections and building a plan to choosing tools. My institution is barely getting started on digital preservation, and it was great to gain an understanding of what I need to do now to convince the administration of such a program's importance and what I should plan for in the future."
"The ability to discuss current best practices and learn more information from both the instructor and the other attendees was an invaluable experience. Reading the information sent ahead of time was helpful, but talking out the details in person really helped to clarify certain aspects that were difficult to understand initially."
“The details within the workshop of the higher level concepts was very useful and I will certainly use the handout as a reference in the future.”
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