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Our new digital capacity building strategy sets out an ambitious plan of programmes, training and resources to support the archives sector meet its digital ambitions. It sets out a plan for three business years of work and will be delivered from 2019 to 2022.

The strategy reflects issues and priorities identified through a large scale survey of over 300 archive professionals, carried out with Jisc at the beginning of 2019 and a series of focus groups, challenge panels and desk research.

The strategy focuses on three main areas of digital archival work: engagement, access and preservation, with a fourth strand focusing on digital skills more widely – including advocacy, conversations with IT and the ability to make informed procurement decisions around software.

The National Archives is delivering the project over 20 strands, some of which are currently underway:

  • The development of new ‘Novice to Ninja’ digital preservation guidance with the Digital Preservation Coalition.
  • The first meetings (in Newcastle and London) of DALE, the new Digital Archives Learning Exchange.
  • The delivery of  the ‘Archives School’, a free taught digital preservation programme delivered at Kew.
  • Digital engagement grants as part of our Collaborate and Innovate funding scheme
  • Supporting the British Library and Birkbeck, University of London, to develop a postgraduate certificate in Computing for Cultural Heritage.

Future programmes in development include a peer mentoring scheme for archivists looking to engage in more extensive digital work, a leadership programme for senior managers and an engagement toolkit for digital storytelling and audience development.