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
Due to the continuation of remote work, please use the online registration option. If you need alternate arrangements, email Anna Palmer, firstname.lastname@example.org or Meredith Lowe, email@example.com. Alternate registration options may result in delays.
Login information will be emailed to you a few days before the course begins.
No previous digital preservation experience or technical skills are necessary for this course.
- Digital preservation standards and models
- Understanding file formats
- Assessing and mitigating risks
- 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.