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Digital Preservation Assessment Training Institute

 

Training Institute

Tuesday, July 31, 2018, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, August 1, 2018, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Andover Landing Conference Center, 200 Brickstone Square, Andover, MA 01810


Please note that Applications are no longer being accepted.


What is it?

The Digital Preservation Assessment Training Institute will be taught by preservation experts from NEDCC and LYRASIS, who are leading an NEH-funded grant to create, field-test, and promote a new framework for assessing digital preservation within cultural heritage institutions. The framework was developed in 2017 and piloted at four institutions across the country. The framework will be vetted in a second round of assessments during the first half of 2018, and related documentation (templates, glossary, training materials, etc.) will be finalized for distribution at the Institute.

Registration is free, but you are responsible for travel expenses. Four scholarships of $350 are available to assist with travel costs. These will be awarded based on an optional statement of need on the application form.

Who should apply?

We are looking for professionals and consultants who (1) have the ability to conduct a number of Digital Preservation Assessments beyond the one report that Institute participation requires and/or (2) have the ability to train others to conduct Digital Preservation Assessments. This would include any of the following:

  • Employees of consortia and state-wide agencies, as well as other consulting organizations
  • Alumni from the National Digital Stewardship Residencies 
  • Participants in past Digital Preservation Outreach and Education programs
  • Faculty at schools of library and information science

We aim to include:

  • Participants from all regions of the United States
  • Participants from regions with less access to digital preservation training and employment
  • Participants who are themselves members of underrepresented communities such as Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) or who plan to conduct their assessment at an institution that documents or serves these communities

How does it work?

Participants will come away from the institute with an understanding of steps in digital preservation assessment, the methods for performing an assessment and the role of an outside assessor, the tools required to prepare for and perform an on-site evaluation, and the template for writing a full assessment report.

In addition, the cultural heritage organization at which each participant conducts a digital preservation assessment will benefit by receiving a complete assessment report of the digital preservation activities at the organization as well as customized recommendations for next steps. This lays the foundation for future action that will ensure preservation of their collections.

As a participant, you agree to :

  • Attend the 1.5 day training institute in Andover, MA on July 31-August 1. Registration is free, but you are responsible for travel expenses. Four scholarships of $350 are available to assist with travel costs. 
  • By June 1, instructors will help you identify a small- to mid-sized cultural heritage organization that has digital collections and would benefit from a digital preservation assessment. You will schedule a one-day site visit to occur between August 1 and August 30.
  • Submit a draft report to the Institute instructors by October 1.
  • Finalize the assessment report for your chosen organization by October 15. Remuneration of $1312.50 will be provided for the expected 37.5 hours you spend conducting the site visit and writing the assessment report. 
  •  Provide feedback on the assessment process to the NEDCC and LYRASIS project team.

The free training institute will include:

  • Instructional materials and documentation needed to implement the digital preservation assessment (templates, glossary, questionnaires, etc.) 
  • Support and guidance for selecting a cultural heritage organization in advance of the institute and coordinating a site visit afterward
  • Remuneration of $1312.50 will be provided for the expected 37.5 hours you spend conducting the site visit and writing the assessment report. 
  • Support while writing the assessment report
  • Two continental breakfasts and one lunch while attending the institute

Travel information

  • Registration is free, but you are responsible for travel expenses. Four scholarships of $350 are available to assist with travel costs. These will be awarded based on an optional statement of need on the application form.
  • Remuneration of $1312.50 will be provided for the expected 37.5 hours you spend conducting the site visit and writing the assessment report. 
  • Andover, MA is 25 miles north of Boston and accessible via Boston’s Logan International Airport or the Manchester (NH) -Boston Regional Airport.
  •  Information about parking, local accommodations, etc. can be found at https://www.nedcc.org/about/contact/contact-us.

 

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 In Partnership With:

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NEDCC is grateful for support from the National Endowment for the Humanities for its training programs, outreach activities, and web resources.

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(Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in these resources do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities