The following material is copied directly from the Description of Work, this content has since been updated in and superceeded by the Work Package Initiation Document.


The objective of this work package is to define courses and collect, or create where necessary, training materials for digital preservation practitioners. This material will be related to that in WP 4200 but will be, because of the more limited time for the courses, shorter and shallower and will not lead to formal qualifications although certificates of attendance may be given.

A number of workshops and events will be run during the lifetime of the project but the aim will be to make these self-funding by the end of APARSEN.

Description of work and role of partners

Demands for Digital Preservation (DP) in a broad spectrum of communities, coupled together with novelty and immaturity of this research and practice domain, causes fragmented experiments: some institutions have already adopted and implemented DP procedures in their workflow but new digital curators profiles are missing, others have not yet envisaged preservation components into traditional information management processes.

Apart from the courses on rather technical issues, we also provide more political courses, such as: how do you make sure that digital preservation in your institution becomes part of the workflow?, how does one sell the idea to set up the needed infrastructure? This task intends to tackle these challenges by offering vocational training to help build knowledge and skills necessary to apply in decision-making processes and professional practice.

New job profiles are required for digital curators across Europe and internationally, but evidence shows employers face recruitment difficulties due to skills shortages and also increased demand from staff for vocational training in the field. The WP will benefit also from previous experiences in training activities performed in other projects and initiatives like Digital Preservation Europe (DPE) , ERPANET, DELOS, PLANETS, CASPAR etc.

Task 4310: Preliminary assessments

There is an increasing amount of training materials being produced in the area of digital preservation, and there is much overlap. This task, starting from the availability of the competences inside the consortium (the Virtual Centre Of Research), foresees a preliminary survey aimed to identify and describe the instances of best practices, specific courses, training curriculum, and approaches used for continuing professional development in the communities addressed by the project.

To design training courses effectively tailored on the user community requirements, the analysis takes into account the provenance sector, the role inside the institution and the competencies of the participants. The project will try to develop an agreement among the universities to share some educational initiatives built with the same criteria and be recognized across the universities in Europe (on the basis of the Bologna process and credits system): one course of 30 hours in classroom (also in e-learning) could have 5 credits if it includes final exams. The DELOS Summer Schools were organized on this basis

To be more productive, we could try to develop a whole curriculum dedicated to digital curation and preservation (an agreement could be basically defined among the universities, but we recognise that the real application of this agreement is very complex because of the differences of timetable and constraints. In the project we will consider the development of such curriculum and the analysis of the complexities involved from the juridical and organizational point of view. Many aspects have to be analysed including:

  • targets
  • recognition of credits • the areas to teach Helen Tibbo has developed a project in US on digital curation with the aim of international exchange. There is also a project called IDEA for exchanging doctoral students.

Task 4320: Design set of courses

The project will provide a series of training courses related to digital preservation issues to provide grounding in the best practices of digital preservation, enabling curators to develop innovative strategies to safeguard their repositories. Much course material will be prepared for self-study via the Web; however a number of Summer Schools and short courses will be run.

The training courses will be based on the following issues:

  1. general principles and objectives guiding the whole set of digital preservation concepts (particularly OAIS concepts), tools and techniques;
  2. digital objects life-cycle and handling practices;
  3. management of digital preservation life-cycle, which means integration of preservation components into traditional workflows (e. g. acquisition, processing, storage etc.) in terms of political responsibilities, cost sustainability, legal issues, etc.
The goal of this initiative is to show the digital preservation process as a key part of the whole information lifecycle, from planning, creation, short-term use and re-use as well as long term preservation – involving maintaining usability as well as access.

Task 4330: Training on decision makers on management

Apart from technical background this workpackage will adapt training facilities on the needs of different target groups and/or non-technical players such as decision makers, policy deputies or in order to raise awareness on the general topic and introduce the challenge and its findings also within decision a broader spectrum of decision makers, practitioners and the public.

Task 4340: Coordination with stream 1 (integration)

As workshops will be also organised internally (1500) cohesion on training and information has to be set and interchanged.

Task 4150: Creation of suitable information channels for relevant target groups (industry, research, management etc.)

Deriving from the findings from T4110-4140 workshop programmes will be drafted and conceptualised for the needs of the respective target groups. It will further include the actual coordination and organisation of speakers for the respective event. The programmes may be also designed as “modules” meaning that they may also be executed complementary.

Task 4340: Online tutorials and webinars

As part of the Training also online training facilities will be designed and elaborated in collaboration throughout the project helping to support and disseminate the messages and ideas.

Task 4350: Creation of a Trainer and Training Materials CMS

Once the materials for training courses has been produced and collected, the project will set up a shared CMS where the resources are organised, stored and shared

Collection of training materials - place info here

Task 4360: Organisation of training facilities

Actual training face-to-face training facilities will be organised in cooperation with 4160.

(Note: Inconsistencies in task numbering reflect those present in the original document).

-- SharonMcMeekin - 2011-10-20

Topic revision: r1 - 2011-10-20 - SharonMcMeekin
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