Training in Digital Preservation - Alliance forPermanent Access. William Kilbride, Chiara Cirinnà, Sharon McMeekiny. 21 February 2013. [PDF]
This paper summarizes the current digital preservation needs based on the APARSEN project.
The need for training is great and the resources available are relatively meagre: so there is an
opportunity to collaborate in order to maximise impact. In the training courses that have taken place there were four themes consistently expressed in feedback:
- There is a great demand for training from staff already engaged in library and archive settings, especially for introductory material.
- Audiences welcomed practical, case-study based training that matched their needs over theoretical knowledge. Tools and services beyond their level of knowledge or which lacked practical application were also less popular.
- The audiences wanted practical interaction with preservation processes, including trying out the tools for themselves.
- Audiences did not feel the need to have a complete overview of preservation before they got started, and were less interested in the theoretical which they saw as a hindrance.
Operational Managers, and Senior Managers regarding standards, object life-cycles, practical experience, legal and policy frameworks, ingest, provenance, metadata, financial planning, user communities, and succession planning. They point to a very large unmet training need and a long list of topics which training providers can actually provide.
By developing training that meets proven needs we can provide a strong foundation to
an ever larger and ever more diverse community.