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Digital Directions


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 November 2021 Digital Directions:

  • I gained so much knowledge and confidence as a result of the past three days. While I am pretty much a one-person operation, I feel that now I can select and put in place workflows that will guide me as hopefully more staff are added in the future.

  • I have a better knowledge of standards and best practices (or good enough practices!) that I can now take to management to promote the importance of focusing on a digital preservation plan.

  • I'm new to digital collections management and preservation, but not to archives. This conference has helped me to review and consolidate what I know, taught me and updated me on new concepts and tools, helped me to prioritize, to feel less isolated, and giving me important tips on approach and perspective.

  • I am overwhelmed with the level of knowledge of each presenter and the friendliness of the presenters and co-attendees. I feel as if my network has expanded and I have new resources to support my future work. Thank you so very much for the opportunity!!

about the Digital Directions program, view the Agenda

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