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Digital Preservation Management Workshop

A two day workshop to be held at the Darlington Centre at the University of Sydney on October 25 and 26.

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This workshop is now oversubscribed and no further applications can be accepted.

APSR is delighted that it has successfully negotiated bringing the Digital Preservation Management workshop from Cornell University Library to Australia.

Setting up a repository is only the first step to ensuring the long term preservation of digital items. Repositories on their own do not take care of preservation.

Take the next step

Those responsible for managing digital collections need to take appropriate measures now for the longer term. While this is not a difficult process it is an essential one.

Simple steps such as ensuring that items deposited are in a format that is less likely to date (pdf documents rather than Word documents, for example) will establish a more secure and stable repository for the long term. Having processes such as regular reviews of the contents of the repository to identify any materials in danger of becoming obsolete will ensure that digital items are not lost or damaged.

While some of these processes will need to be executed by technical staff, it is the non-technical repository manager who must establish and monitor procedural systems to ensure they occur.

Where to from here?

The Digital Preservation Management workshop presented by members of Cornell University Library is a non-technical course. It offers practical ways to set up a preservation policy framework within the participant’s workplaces and empowers the participants to begin the process immediately.

A sample schedule is available online.

Who should attend?

The Digital Preservation Management workshop is intended for those who are contemplating or implementing digital preservation programs in libraries, archives, and other cultural institutions. The goals of this initiative are to foster critical thinking in a technological realm and to provide the means for exercising practical and responsible stewardship of digital assets. This workshop will be of interest to state libraries and archives as well as the higher education sector.


Presented by Nancy McGovern from the University of Michigan and Anne Kenney from Cornell University.

Pre-workshop tutorial (open to all)

The Digital Preservation Management Tutorial is a prerequisite to the workshop, but is also publicly accessible as a stand-alone tool.

Workshop attendees participate in an interactive process to develop digital preservation plans that incorporate technical, financial, organizational, and policy aspects encompassing the full life cycle of digital objects. The resulting organization-specific digital preservation plans stresses short-term risk reduction strategies while research and development goes forward in creating longer-term solutions that can be incorporated into the program framework. The workshop includes presentations, group discussions, labs, individual assignments, and a keynote presentation by an international expert in digital preservation.

Issues to be covered include:


The cost will be $600 per person.

This amount is subsidised by the Australian Partnership for Sustainable Repositories which is funded to do outreach work in this area by the Department of Education, Science and Training as part of the Commonwealth Government's "Backing Australia's Ability - An Innovative Action Plan for the Future".

Application process

This workshop is now oversubscribed and no further applications can be taken.

In a break from APSR tradition, there is an application form for those interested in attending this workshop. APSR will apply a decision making process with the application to try and ensure as wide a range of institutions as possible is represented. Some places have been set aside for ORCA Support Network partners.

Registrations will not be accepted after close of business, 30 August, 2007. Applicants will be notified shortly after that date as to whether they have been accepted. A tax invoice will be supplied for payment.

Cancellations and substitutions

Cancellations should be notified in writing to Refunds will be made for cancellations notified by September 30, 2007.

Substitutions can be made and these should be notified to APSR as well ahead of the training as possible.


Public transport is recommended when visiting the University of Sydney. Parking on the University of Sydney campus is PAY/DISPLAY. The daytime charge is $24.00 per car Monday to Friday. Visitor cars must be parked in numbered car spaces (not the University owned or loading zone bays) and the voucher from the ticket machine is to be displayed on the dashboard. Ticket machines are found near the main parking areas on campus and take only $1 and $2 coins.

Contact: Margaret Henty