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Start month End month WP leader
16 46 FTK

Objectives

As stated in the introduction an “EU NoE should also help to set up the next generation of researchers through educational programs, and disseminate the research results through training” (page 10, B1.2 Long term integration). The aim of this work package is to support putting this statement into actionpromote the quality of research in Digital Preservation as well as to propagate the regard and the application of Digital Preservation in practice by leveraging the required skills and competence profiles within and beyond the library and information science community.

Within this work package formal qualifications are designed, such as educational programs for continuous professional education and qualification, course material is collected and arrangements for running these qualification programs are made.or the definition of DP curricula for higher education in selected disciplines. Admissible resources to be considered are references to ongoing/recurring offerings in higher education which address Digital Preservation issues, constituent (degree) courses/modules thereof, but also relevant learning/teaching material available electronically. As a contribution to the APARSEN VCoE, WP42 will ease the targeted access to qualification opportunities and applicable resources, but also for the elicitation of gaps in the current provisioning with respect to the topic areas (Trust, Sustainability, Usability and Access) addressed by the project. Many young researchers already have courses to make them information literate, i.e. to equip them with the skills to search for information, use it, store it etc. Digital Preservation basics could be easily become part of this. Digital Preservation indeed is not only something for librarians; it is something that all information users and producers should become aware of. This can only be done by integrating some basics digital preservation skills in contious professional education programmes. The outcome will guide APARSEN in the subsequent design of formal qualifications, introducing and complementing formal qualifications in Digitial Preservation in a targeted way.

Therefore in addition to digital preservation specific qualifications it will be important to integrate digital preservation material into many other courses in order to begin to build preservation awareness into the whole data workflow.

  • To establish a dialogue with relevant stakeholders aboutharmonize the inclusion of Digital Preservation theory and practice in relevant higher education curricula
  • To define curricula anddevelop and deliver a portfolio of courses and e-learning material

The involvement in this process of research institutions outside of the APARSEN consortium in this process will be also promoted from the beginning, including those outside the Europe. For that purpose specific models of cooperation will be designed.

Moreover, the structured survey data will be made publicly available, allowing students and professionals to spot qualification opportunities meeting their competence profile and subject field, hence leveraging the required skills and competence profiles within and beyond the library and information science community.

Description of work and role of partners

Task 4210: Identification and collection of existing initiatives and curricula

This task is on gathering a general overview on existing courses and training facilities already existing. Furthermore institutions or organisations offering training and/or education on digital long term preservation shall be identified and contacted.

Task 4220: Define curricula and courses

With the expertise from the consortium members a working group shall elaborate courses and curricula for training and education in digital long term preservation. Within this task it shall be defined to what extend digital long term preservation is already part of existing curricula (e.g. in informatics, library systems or historical scholarship) and in which ways digital long term preservation could be further integrated in different disciplines. The developed curricula will be discussed and calibrated as part of a collaborative dialogue with external stakeholders from academia, possibly within a focussed workshop on teaching DP at graduate/postgraduate levels. Engagement with external stakeholders in Continuing Professional Education will be conducted in alignment with WP43.

Task 4230 Collect teaching materialsIdentify admissible resources

In cooperation with other work packages, especially WP43, the project will survey and catalogue existing resources such as degree courses or modules (such as 4160) training material will be collected and assessproved on its relevance tofor training and education formal qualifications in theory and practice of Digital Preservation.

Task 4240: Make arrangements for running courses for continuous professional educationCreation of a learning and training material CMS

The findings shall find entrance into curricula and training facilities. Task 4231 is set to take the findings into action and get in contact with relevant university and training facilities to integrate ideas and proposals into their respective curricula.In alignment with WP43, the project will set up a common CMS where the resources are organized, listed or stored, and shared.

It can also be offered to present the existing state of the art through training or information events defined within WPs 4100 or 4300.

List of deliverables

  • D42.1 Report on existing initiatives and curricula regarding digital long term preservation (M2225)
  • D42.2 Summary report on actions taken and possibilities of cooperation (M46)

Description of deliverables

D42.1) Report on existing initiatives and curricula regarding digital long term preservation: Here we collect together information about the other ongoing activities together with a critique of their coverage both in terms of course content and geographical take-up. [month 2225]

D42.2) Summary report on actions taken and possibilities of cooperation: We will be working with universities and other organisations delivering these formal qualifications in order to tailor our courses to their requirements and to try to ensure the take-up of our material. [month 46]

Bullet Points

  • Main achievements in Y2
    • Completed analyses for D42.1, assessing the landscape for formal qualifications in Europe and identification of gaps w.r.t. APARSEN topics.
    • Specification of functional/non-functional requirements for joint WP42/43 online platform.
  • Future plans
    • Define procedures for maintaining the existing data and for adding further resources
    • Establish dialogue with relevant stakeholders
  • Risks/problems
    • Sparse information available
    • Desk-based analysis/mapping of course contents difficult

Further revisions in response to feedback from Project Officer 12th/14th December

  • Do objectives match tasks and deliverables? edited D42.2 title
  • “Develop and deliver a portfolio of courses” – is this too much? already rephrased in previous version
  • T4220: what type of courses? How many? Target groups? elaborated on T4220 text, added smart objectives
  • Erroneous reference T4231 already eliminated in previous version
  • T4240: what are “findings”? How many contacts? already rephrased in previous version, added smart objectives

Person-Months per Participant

Participant number Participant short name Person-months per participant
5 FTK 6.00
8 DPC 9.00
15 C.I.N.I. 2.00
18 GLOBIT 3.00
20 PCL 1.00
24 LTU 4.00
25 UNITN 1.00
28 SBA 2.00
31 UPAT 32.00
Total 3129.00

Task 4220: Define curricula and courses

With the expertise from the consortium members a working group shall elaborate courses and curricula for training and education in digital long term preservation. Within this task it shall be defined to what extend digital long term preservation is already part of existing curricula (e.g. in informatics, library systems or historical scholarship) and in which ways digital long term preservation could be further integrated in different disciplines. Identified gaps in the coverage of APARSEN topic areas will be discussed with the stakeholders of the respective APARSEN RTD work packages, who will define the course contents for alleviating those gaps. Curricula for different disciplines (such as computer science, information system science, ...) will be defined and calibrated through a collaborative dialogue with external stakeholders from academia, possibly within a focussed workshop on teaching DP at graduate/postgraduate levels. Engagement with external stakeholders in Continuing Professional Education will be conducted in alignment with WP43.

List of deliverables

  • D42.1 Report on existing initiatives and curricula regarding digital long term preservation (M2225)
  • D42.2 Summary report on actions taken and possibilities of cooperationReport on definition of curricula and course contents, summary of liasing actions and cooperations (M46)

Smart objectives

  • Defined curricula for at least 2 different academic disciplines
  • Defined curricula for at least 2 different professional disciplines
  • Provision of cohesion indicators for assessing coverage of APARSEN topic areas
  • Definition of course contents for RTD work packages not covered by the current provision
  • Contacting all 17+ providers of eligible European curricula, contacting non-European providers
  • Organisation of at least 1 focussed workshop with external stakeholders

-- HolgerBrocks - 2012-12-21

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