University of Wisconsin–Madison

Introduction to Digital Preservation

As memory institutions are ever-increasingly generating and collecting digitized and born-digital content, digital preservation is necessary to ensure future access to materials. Despite promises of various storage options, such as the cloud or optical discs guaranteed to last 300 years, digital preservation is not “set it and forget it” and instead requires ongoing resources and management.

This course will introduce students to foundational digital preservation concepts, strategies, and directions in the field.

At a glance

When: Sept 27 – Nov 21, 2021

Where: Online

Cost: $325 (10% discount if you register 2 weeks in advance!)

CE Credit: 2.6 CEUs/26 LEUs

Program: #304822

Questions? Contact Meredith Lowe or Anna Palmer

Register online in July

Due to the continuation of remote work, please use the online registration option. If you need alternate arrangements, email Anna Palmer, or Meredith Lowe, Alternate registration options may result in delays.

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Course details

No previous digital preservation experience or technical skills are necessary for this course.


  • Digital preservation standards and models
  • Understanding file formats
  • Infrastructure
  • Assessing and mitigating risks
  • Sustainability
  • Digital preservation policies

Expectations: To pass the course, students are expected to watch the recorded lectures, complete weekly readings, engage in topical online discussions, and complete a few short written assignments.

Note: This course was developed with Elizabeth England, digital preservation specialist at the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).

Instructor: Lauren Work is the digital preservation librarian at the University of Virginia, where she is responsible for the implementation and maintenance of preservation strategy and systems for university digital resources. She also helps lead digital stewardship collaboration within communities such as the Academic Preservation Trust, the National Digital Stewardship Alliance, the Software Preservation Network, and the BitCurator Consortium. She earned her Master of Library and Information Science degree from the University of Washington.