First steps towards digital preservation

Start: Oct. 23, 2013
End: Oct. 25, 2013
Place: Cologne
Organizer: GESIS (German Microdata Lab)
The workshop is intended as a primer in digital preservation. It introduces central concepts of digital preservation, providing participants with a common terminology to understand an (idealized) preservation and dissemination workflow.


The workshop will have a strong focus on organizational rather than technical issues and will include the following topics:

  • What is digital preservation and why do we need it?

  • The OAIS reference model

  • Acquisition policies and selection criteria

  • Licensing research data for preservation and re-use

  • Communicating with user communities

  • Trusted digital repositories.



Within this conceptual framework, participants will be encouraged to explore their and their organization’s (actual or envisaged) role in digital preservation and challenges they are currently facing. They will also be introduced to tools and instruments (e.g. for the purpose of self-auditing) which can support the process of shaping a reliable digital preservation service.


We're pleased to announce that the Digital Preservation Coalition will offer two scholarships to attend our "First Steps Towards Digital Preservation" workshop in Cologne, October 23 (1pm) - October 25 (1pm), 2013.

These scholarships are only available for participants from DPC member and associate institutions. Information about the workshop and application procedure is available from the DPC .
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