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Teaching an introductory workshop in digital preservation

Presenter 1
Laurence Horton
The London School of Economics and Political Science
Presenter 2
Alexia Katsanidou
GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences

GESIS’s Archive and Data Management Training Center provides introductory level two-day training events in “First steps towards digital preservation”. This workshop is an overview of our training, introducing participants to the design and intended target audience of our events and showcases our digital preservation support and training.

Adopting a “train the trainers” approach, the workshop addresses those interested in conducting organizational level training. The workshop addresses archivists, librarians, repository or research data center staff, and anyone responsible for planning curation and preservation of digital assets independent of disciplinary background. Intended as a primer, the workshop requires no previous experience, introducing participants to the “organizational dimension” of digital preservation.

Participants have the chance to try our training materials and exercises on:

    What is digital preservation and why do we need it?
    Introduction to the OAIS Reference Model
    Preserving information for a designated community
    Acquisition policies and selection criteria
    Sustainable digital preservation and cost models
    Licensing for preservation and re-use
    Trusted digital repositories


learning the conceptualization and structure of introductory workshops on digital preservation
familiarity with content of the workshop and an overview of workshop materials and exercises
use of the materials to design their own training workshops.

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