Monday, February 6, 2012

FREE webinars - Introduction to Digital Preservation

These webinars are open to anyone interested, for free.

The target audience is libraries, archives and other cultural heritage
institutions who have digital content, but who don't really know where to
start in managing it for long-term access.

Here's the info:

Session #1 - Identifying & Selecting Content | February 7, 11am ET - 12n
ET More Info & Register at

The first step in preparing for digital preservation is to identify all the
potential content that may warrant this attention. This could include
born-digital content arriving in special collections and archives,
material digitized on site for online access, and content created by
students, faculty, and researchers. This process will inform an
organization about the categories of content and types of files it might
need / want to preserve, as well as the challenges that might be
encountered in doing so.

Once the possible scope of digital content is identified, the portion of
digital content an organization is responsible for preserving needs to be
specified. This process of selection may be known as appraisal in
archives. It may be necessary to develop criteria for prioritizing
selection, which can be a labor-intensive and resource-intensive process.
Knowing the scope of digital content to be preserved, including the
possible growth
over time, is an important factor in developing an appropriate approach
for managing digital content over time.

Session #2 - Considerations for Storage & Protection of Content | February
14, 11am ET - 12n ET
More Info & Register at

Digital content that has been selected for preservation needs to be stored
in ways that align with good practice. It's necessary to consider the file
formats that are best suited for archiving, the requirements for
processing, and the metadata needed to make use of this content in the
future. Organizations also need storage management policies and procedures
that ensure multiple copies in at least two locations. Once stored,
content needs protection. This includes everyday concerns (such as who has
access and whether files have changed), as well as emergency contingencies
(business continuity and disaster planning). We will address how to
manage roles and responsibilities for physical and virtual access to
digital content throughout its life cycle.

Session #3 - Managing Content & Access Over Time | February 21, 11am ET -
12n ET
More Info & Register at

Long-term access is the purpose of digital preservation - organizations
preserve content to be able to make it available as needed or desired over
time. In order to provide this access, we need to consider the concepts,
roles, and challenges involved. Furthermore, managing digital content for
the long term requires program planning, implementation, and
sustainability. A core component of this is preservation planning, which
includes organizational aspects (e.g., policy development, training, legal
issues) and resources (e.g., designated funding and sustainability). This
discussion will highlight some steps organizations can take to make
long-term access to digital content more possible to achieve.

These webinars will be delivered using the GoToMeeting software -- but you
do NOT need to have a GoToMeeting account to view the webinar.
Here's the GoToMeeting support page that lists the system requirements for

Please share this with anyone who may find it helpful. Thanks!

Jody DeRidder
Digital Services
University of Alabama Libraries
Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35487
(205) 348-0511