This session is designed to introduce records managers, archivists, and librarians to the issues of ensuring future access to digital assets, and that future could be as soon as 5-10 years from now, when current systems will be obsolete and your digital assets at risk of irretrievable loss. Modern records managers must be familiar with the nature and challenges associated with the preservation of electronic records. Without digital preservation, these records will not remain accessible over time in a way that can be considered authentic and reliable. Participants in this course will be able to assess available preservation strategies for their organisations and understand the role, purpose and nature of digital repositories.
- Introduction to Digital Archiving
- Understanding the Access Problem, Assessing User Needs
- Overview of long term access
- Common criteria for collecting materials for access
- Understanding preservation problems that limit access
- Understanding Preservation Actions for Digital Formats
- Determine risk to files and potential solutions
- Risk/loss scenarios
- Recommended mitigation actions
Who Should Attend:
Records managers, archivists, librarians and anyone responsible for developing and managing digital collection resources. This course is appropriate for public/private, academic, special library staff with planning or implementation responsibilities for digital collections, including library business managers, technical support staff, web development, systems staff, and program managers. It may also be of interest to top management personnel in both public and private organisations.