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Digital Directions


November 15-17, 2021 (Monday-Wednesday)  * Online 

February 1-3, 2022 (Tuesday-Thursday) * Online 




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Back by Popular Demand!

Join us for a comprehensive overview of digital preservation, presented by information professionals with deep experience in the preservation of cultural heritage materials. During three half-days of live, interactive, online training, you will learn about good practices and practical strategies for creating and managing digital collections, and you’ll gain confidence in decision-making for the preservation of your digital assets.

Topics include:

  • standards and specifications for both digitization and digital preservation
  • metadata
  • copyright
  • selection for digitization
  • special considerations for audiovisual and born-digital materials
  • digital storage
  • working with collaborative or consortial organizations

The program will introduce you to free resources and tools you can use for digital preservation, and you’ll have the opportunity to connect via small group discussions with peers who face similar challenges. Participants will develop a clearer understanding of the next steps they should take to strengthen their organization’s digital preservation program.  

What to Expect 

  • The number of registrants for Digital Directions is limited to 125 to ensure that each participant has opportunities to interact with both faculty and attendees.  

  • Each livestreamed presentation is 45-60 minutes and is followed by 15-30 minutes of audio/video-enabled Q&A with the presenter.  

  • Registrants will have access to all presentation sessions and to selected breakout groups during the conference as well as on-demand access for one month afterward. 

  • Digital Directions faculty members and NEDCC staff members will serve as facilitators for breakout sessions.

  • See the Logistics page for more information about conference access. 

Who Should Attend?

Are you just getting started in digitization and digital preservation? Trying to bring several digital projects together into a cohesive digital preservation program? Or are you well into a digital collections project and need a refresher on the latest standards and best practices?  

The Digital Directions conference is geared toward professionals working with digital collections at archives, libraries, museums, historical organizations, government agencies, corporate archives, and other organizations that steward digital collections. Students are also welcome, and a discounted registration rate is available. Participants who are eligible Certified Archivists can earn 6 Archival Recertification Credits (ARCs) through the Academy of Certified Archivists for this program.

Participant Comments from the February 2021 Digital Directions:

  • This was one of the best training conferences I have attended. The virtual production was seamless, and the speakers were excellent. Thanks! 
  • I really appreciated that suggestions were given for all sizes of institutions with a variety of budgets and staffing. … My manager and I are meeting next week to decide our next digital pursuits, due to the conference. 
  • The comprehensive introduction to digital archiving/preservation provided by this conference has given our two staff people a common grounding in core principles and good practices with which to move forward as we try to drag our analogue-only archives into the digital age … We had very little knowledge coming into the conference, and are leaving with some knowledge in hand, a shared vocabulary for further discussion, and a host of excellent resources for further investigation. 
  • I now know more tools and resources I can use to guide my organization on our [digital preservation] journey. … I didn't know where to start, and now I have some specific action items. 
  • We have very little infrastructure to handle our digital content load and no organization. I've learned so much here about the tools I can use for workflows, digital forensics, email archiving, web archiving, and processing and storage.  
  • I will use what I learned to better curate our online collections/exhibits, improve our storage for digital objects, and archive email. It also made me think about the urgency of digitizing our audiovisual collections; I can use information from the conference to develop funding proposals for that. 
  • This is one of the most beneficial workshops I have ever taken. The speakers were all clearly very knowledgeable but were able to present digital preservation in a clear, concise way. 

TO LEARN MORE about the Digital Directions program, view the Agenda

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