Saturday, October 15, 2016

DPTP: Introduction to Digital Preservation Planning for Research Managers

DPTP: Introduction to Digital Preservation Planning for Research Managers. Ed Pinsent, Steph Taylor. ULCC. 15 October 2016.
     Today I saw this course offered and thought it looked interesting (wish I were in London to attend).  It is a one-day introduction to digital preservation and is designed specifically to look at preservation planning from the perspective of the research data manager. Digital preservation, the management and safeguarding of digital content for the long-term, is becoming more important for research data managers to make sure  content remains accessible and authentic over time.  The learning outcomes are:
  • Understand what digital preservation means and how it can help research managers
  • How to assess content for preservation
  • How to integrate preservation planning into a research data management plan
  • How to plan for preservation interventions
  • How to identify reasons and motivations for preservation for individual projects
  • What storage means, and the storage options that are available
  • How to select appropriate approaches and methods to support the needs of projects
  • How to prepare a business case for digital preservation
The course contains eight modules, which are:
  1. Find out about digital preservation and how and why it is important in RDM.
  2. Assessing research data and understanding how to preserve them for the longer term, and understanding your users.
  3. Learn how a RDM plan can include preservation actions. 
  4. Managing data beyond the life of projects, planning the management of storage and drafting a selection policy.
  5. Understanding individual institutions, stakeholders and requirements and risk assessment.
  6. Understand why preservation storage has extra requirements, considering‘the Cloud’
  7. The strategy of migrating formats, including databases; risks and benefits, and tools you can use. 
  8. Making a business case (Benefits; Risks; Costs) to persuade your institution why digital preservation is important

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