ipres2008: the Digital Preservation Training Programme


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A description, as part of a panel session at ipres2008, of past current and future work on digital preservation training at ULCC.

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  • In the next few minutes I’m going to talk to you about the Digital Preservation Training Programme, or DPTP. I’ll begin with some reflective observations on where we came from and what led to the DPTP being what it is today, say a little about the present situation, and then speculate on future directions and concerns for our training programme, and for education and training in the world of digital preservation in general. Hopefully the latter will stimulate some discussion in the panel session that will follow. As you’ll see, our work built extensively on that of Nancy McGovern and Anne Kenney and their colleagues at Cornell. Nancy has already given an excellent overview of their work so I won’t dwell on it in detail, except to acknowledge again our indebtedness to them for their willingness to share openly with us.
  • ipres2008: the Digital Preservation Training Programme

    1. 1. DPTP: The Digital Preservation Training Programme Where we’ve been and where we’re going Kevin Ashley Head of Digital Archives Dept ULCC
    2. 2. We’ve only just begun <ul><li>2004: JISC funding kickstarts DPTP </li></ul>DPC workshops Cornell training programme
    3. 3. Initial aims and format <ul><li>As with Cornell: “fostering critical thinking” </li></ul><ul><li>OAIS and TDR </li></ul>Acknowledge : understanding that digital preservation is a local concern Act : initiating digital preservation projects Consolidate : segueing from projects to programs Institutionalize : incorporating the larger environment and rationalizing programs Externalize : embracing inter-institutional collaboration and dependency
    4. 4. Ch..ch..ch..ch..Changes <ul><li>Aimed at project/programme managers </li></ul><ul><li>But also needed to develop more technical content </li></ul><ul><li>Rework legal material </li></ul><ul><li>New case studies </li></ul><ul><li>Network of tutors </li></ul>
    5. 5. People and places <ul><li>Maggie Jones, Simon Tanner, Jen Mitcham, William Kilbride, Patricia Sleeman, Ed Pinsent </li></ul><ul><li>Warwick, Birmingham, York </li></ul>£1000/head all-in (course, room, meals, materials) Great value, excellent feedback, good interaction
    6. 10. Oh Boy!
    7. 18. Some people liked it... <ul><li>“ ...the most beneficial and well presented, thought out course that I've ever attended in 10 years as a professional&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;The course was very good and value for money&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;Well done, excellent content and a very enjoyable course&quot; </li></ul>
    8. 19. They didn’t promise us a rose garden <ul><li>Comments suggested some material losing relevance </li></ul><ul><li>One week too long for many </li></ul><ul><li>Cost is too high (even if it is good value) </li></ul><ul><li>Economics don’t work out </li></ul><ul><li>Travelling roadshow is problematic </li></ul><ul><li>The unplanned-for…. </li></ul>
    9. 21. New! Improved! <ul><li>Slimmed-down, 2.5 day version </li></ul><ul><li>London-based, or on-site elsewhere </li></ul><ul><li>Bulk of trainers from my staff </li></ul><ul><li>Improved pedagogy </li></ul><ul><li>Results: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>better numbers  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>more tailored courses  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>less interaction  </li></ul></ul>
    10. 22. Looking forward <ul><li>Market is fragmenting - training becoming targeted: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>repository managers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>scientific data curators </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>digitisation programmes </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Online, self-paced content </li></ul><ul><li>Commercial provision </li></ul>
    11. 23. A word from our sponsors <ul><li>Last few places </li></ul><ul><li>Oct 20-22 </li></ul><ul><li>London </li></ul>