New digital preservation training for archives
Today we are launching Novice to Know-How, our free online digital preservation training for archive professionals. Part of our ‘Plugged In Powered Up’ strategy, the new training will provide learners with the skills and confidence to preserve born-digital records held by their organisation.
Novice to Know-How was developed by the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) and was researched and tested by experts in the digital preservation community. After a successful pilot phase, we are now offering the training to the wider sector, with priority access given to UK archives and DPC members. Learners can sign up for a month’s access to complete any number of courses, with registration currently open for May, June and July.
The training starts with a broad introduction to digital preservation issues and suggests ways that these can be addressed. The courses emphasise free, easy-to-use solutions and the practically focused content includes detailed demos, videos and quizzes.
Emma Markiewicz, Head of Archive Sector Development, said: ‘The training breaks down and thoroughly demystifies a range of topics, allowing archives of all types to make real progress with digital preservation.’
Novice to Know-How is one of the many strands of the ‘Plugged In Powered Up’ digital capacity building strategy, which was informed by last year’s large-scale survey of the sector with Jisc. We are also releasing additional resources that complement Novice to Know-How, including our digital preservation workflow guidance.
These workflows lay out the connected steps needed to manage born-digital content, from selecting and transferring records to providing access. As with Novice to Know-How, this guidance doesn’t require previous experience of digital preservation and aims to benefit the entire sector.