We are pleased to announce that the Digital Preservation Training Programme (DPTP) has been updated, and from July 2014, we will be offering two courses. The first course, “An Introduction to Digital Preservation”, is aimed at people who are new to this field. It is a two-day course and will be taking place 21st-22nd July in London. The course outline is now available, and booking is open.
The second course explores digital preservation in more depth, and is aimed at people who have some practical experience of digital preservation, but want to increase their knowledge. It is a three day course and we will be launching it in Autumn 2014. We’ll be announcing the dates via this blog and email lists, and you can also register interest via email and we will contact you once details are confirmed.
We’ve been working on the new courses for quite some time, to ensure that they meet the quality of previous award-winning courses. We decided to create the new courses in response to feedback on our existing course and also to better meet the needs of the digital preservation community. We have been observing some changes in that community. Digital preservation is becoming a much wider requirement for many sectors and in many more roles than those of archives and records management.
As a result of this, we have seen a widening of participation on DPTP. This started with a growing interest from those based in the ‘core’ professions, but working in more diverse sectors such as finance, business, commercial research and more. It was quickly followed with the ‘day jobs’ of our delegates branching out past the ‘core’ professions, and into such areas as research data managers, repository managers and other roles that, a few years ago, might not have shown much interest in digital preservation.
As people who do our best as advocates for digital preservation, raising awareness of the importance it plays in most areas of modern life, we were delighted. We decided to create the two new courses to support both the beginner and the practitioner with more experience. This is an opportunity to give a better introduction and overview to newcomers in one course, using the second course to go into more depth and detail for students who already understand the basics.
We’ve also brought new thinking into the design of the course. We are working towards conformance with the skills and competency levels defined by the DigCurV Curriculum Framework. There will be a blog post about DigCurV soon, explaining how we worked with the framework in more detail, as we’ve found it to be a really useful tool for identifying gaps and planning new courses, but mainly for building training content that meets the needs of the profession.
We have worked closely with the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) as we developed the new courses. “An Introduction to Digital Preservation” complements the regular DPC event “Getting Started in Digital Preservation”, and has been devised in full co-operation with them. DPC are also offering scholarship places on the July course.
It’s exciting to be building new courses and, we hope, to develop what we offer to continue to support the needs of the digital preservation community as they evolve and grow.