University of Wisconsin–Madison

NEW! Introduction to Digital Preservation [FULL!]

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: Feb 8 – Apr 4, 2021

Where: Online

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

CE Credit: 2.6 CEUs/26 LEUs

Program: #307121

Questions? Contact Meredith Lowe or Anna Palmer

Register online

This course is full. Click on the “register online” button to add your name to the waiting list. Persons on the wait list will be offered a spot if one opens before or during the first week of the class. Being on the wait list is free of charge; you will only be charged if you accept a spot in the class if it becomes available. Being on the wait list does not obligate you to accept a spot if offered.

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.

Login information will be emailed to you a few days before the course begins.

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.

Instructor: Elizabeth England is the Digital Preservation Specialist at the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), where she participates in strategic and operational initiatives and services for the preservation of born-digital and digitized records. She previously was the Digital Archivist at Johns Hopkins University, where she was responsible for the creation, documentation, and implementation of workflows for acquiring, processing, preserving, and providing access to digital materials. Elizabeth holds a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science with a concentration in Archives from the University of Pittsburgh, and has completed the Society of American Archivists’ Digital Archives Specialist certificate.