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As the creation of digital information accelerates at an ever more rapid pace, it becomes increasingly imperative that information professionals become more familiar with how to manage the digital assets they create and/or acquire. The workshop will distil key elements of a four-day programme which has been developed by the NAA, modelled on a Digital Preservation Management Workshop originally prepared by Cornell University Library. This approach is structured around the need to balance technical and organisational infrastructure, with the resources required to embark on cost-effective digital preservation programmes, and two key documents which have influenced approaches to digital preservation worldwide, namely the Open Archival Information System (OAIS) Reference Model and Trustworthy Digital Repositories Audit and Certification: Criteria and Checklist (TRAC).
All information professionals interested in managing increasing volumes of digital materials. No detailed technical knowledge is required.
Overall purpose and significance of session:
To provide participants with a basic awareness of tools, standards and approaches being used to preserve meaningful access to valuable digital assets being created and acquired by archival institutions.
This workshop will explore the incentives information professionals have in beginning to address the challenges of retaining access to important digital materials; describe what digital preservation strategies are currently available; refer to OAIS and TRAC and other tools which can be used in developing digital preservation programmes, and describe the crucial role of metadata in managing inevitable changes to digital documents over time so that their authenticity, integrity and accessibility are not compromised.