Skills for the Future: educational opportunities for digital curation professionals

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Presentation by Achim Osswald, Cologne University of Applied Sciences
Institute of Information Science at the DigCurV International Conference; Framing the digital curation curriculum

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Skills for the Future: educational opportunities for digital curation professionals

  1. 1. Educational opportunities for digital curation professionalsAchim OsswaldFlorence, Italy, 7 May 2013Skills for the Future:Educational Opportunitiesfor Digital Curation ProfessionalsAchim OsswaldCologne University of Applied SciencesInstitute of Information Scienceachim.osswald@fh-koeln.de
  2. 2. Educational opportunities for digital curation professionalsAchim OsswaldFlorence, Italy, 7 May 2013educational opportunitiesFOR BYvocationaleducation & trainingteaching & training expertsdigital curation professionals
  3. 3. Educational opportunities for digital curation professionalsAchim OsswaldFlorence, Italy, 7 May 2013Challenges of educational activities in dcgap betweengrowing (number of) communitiesdemanding different qualificationlimited number of digital curationand teaching expertsstate-of-the-art demandobjects / methods / processes still not met sufficientlyBasic demandawareness still not met sufficiently
  4. 4. Educational opportunities for digital curation professionalsAchim OsswaldFlorence, Italy, 7 May 2013Looking back on educational activities in dc (1)http://galerie.chip.de/index.cfm?pid=1511&pk=970385Until about 2005- everybody was a pioneer- raising awareness- low number of publications=> cooperative efforts ofexperts with practicalexperiences & teachingand training experts
  5. 5. Educational opportunities for digital curation professionalsAchim OsswaldFlorence, Italy, 7 May 2013Looking back on educational activities in dc (2)http://galerie.chip.de/index.cfm?pid=1511&pk=970385Since then- Progress in researchand practice- differentiated resultsregarding objects & methods- increased publication rate=> education & training as- basic, introductory courses- courses / events onhigh-end results involvingresearch specialists(experts to experts)
  6. 6. Educational opportunities for digital curation professionalsAchim OsswaldFlorence, Italy, 7 May 2013Looking back on educational activities in dc (3)http://galerie.chip.de/index.cfm?pid=1511&pk=970385Training and tutorialsas a topic of projectsTeam Digital Preservation videoshttp://www.youtube.com/user/wepreserve
  7. 7. Educational opportunities for digital curation professionalsAchim OsswaldFlorence, Italy, 7 May 2013Looking back on educational activities in dc (4)http://galerie.chip.de/index.cfm?pid=1511&pk=970385Localization- introductory coursesin national languages- scholarly discoursesin national languages(including research,translations; newpublications and seminars)=> time consuming effort
  8. 8. Educational opportunities for digital curation professionalsAchim OsswaldFlorence, Italy, 7 May 2013Customizing and updatingExpectations by participants and students• Latest and updated content• Adapted to the latest technological environment• Stunning presentations• All for free=> Sustainability and reusabilityas a challenge for teaching and training experts
  9. 9. Educational opportunities for digital curation professionalsAchim OsswaldFlorence, Italy, 7 May 2013University programsfor graduates and post-graduatesProfessionalization• Digital curation being topic of a course within a program• BA programs focusing on (aspects of) digital curation• Postgraduate programs (certificate / Master)Teaching and training & digital curation qualificationis needed to provide these educational opportunitiesMismatch: still low demand on the job market
  10. 10. Educational opportunities for digital curation professionalsAchim OsswaldFlorence, Italy, 7 May 2013jobs• Difficult to hire digital curation experts• Project based or terminated jobs=> movement of experts to other jobsimage• Hardly glamorous or admired• Service oriented back office activity• High requirements regarding experiences &skills („swiss army knife“)salaries • Low and limited (especially in public sector)Labor marketllimitednumber ofnew positions/ aging staffno solution inthe nearfutureLimits ourdigitalcurationactivities
  11. 11. Educational opportunities for digital curation professionalsAchim OsswaldFlorence, Italy, 7 May 2013Areas of action with educational opportunitiesIntroductory qualification• Spreading awareness• Providing a basic level of knowlegde on dc• Tutorial / Massive Open Online Courses(MOOCs) / game basedBasic and specialized qualification• (part of) university programs(graduate or post-graduate)• a single university or cooperating universitiesVocational education and training• different preconditions regarding topics, knowledge& needs, learning styles etc.• demand driven and flexible• in reference to the labor market
  12. 12. Educational opportunities for digital curation professionalsAchim OsswaldFlorence, Italy, 7 May 2013Emerging chance and challenge:Personal archivingThere is a great variety ofeducational opportunitiesat least invocational education and trainingby and for digital curation professionalsin a nutshell• Relevant to everybody in science and society• An opportunity for heritage institutions - especially forpublic and academic libraries - providing first levelsupport to everybody• Service cooperations with private companies possible• MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) / video option
  13. 13. Educational opportunities for digital curation professionalsAchim OsswaldFlorence, Italy, 7 May 2013Thank you!Any comments and questions ?Achim OsswaldCologne University of Applied Sciencesachim.osswald@fh-koeln.de

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