Workshops at the SARBICA International Symposium, June 2019

30 November 2018

The Southeast Asia Regional Branch of the International Council on Archives (SARBICA) and the National Archives of Singapore have announced their workshop program which will be held in conjunction with their International Symposium in June 2019 in Singapore.

There will be five workshops:

  • Digital Preservation
  • Oral History Methodology
  • Archives and Oral History in Art and Theatre
  • Preservation of AV Materials
  • Emergency and Disaster Preparedness for Heritage Collections.

Information on these workshops is at www.sarbicasymposium2019.net.

We thought the workshop on Digital Preservation may be of interest to PARBICA members. Full details on the workshop can be found below:

Workshop on Digital Preservation

Target Audience:

Anyone who is thinking about starting a digital preservation programme in their institution, is actively planning one, or would simply like to learn more about what this would involve and where to start. It is suitable for participants working in institutions of all sizes.

About the Workshop:

It is becoming increasingly essential for all organizations which collect and manage information and records, including archives, libraries, galleries, museums and other memory institutions, to be able to ensure that important digital information resources can be sustained, so that they remain accessible and usable over time – this requires organizations to develop and embed the capability to undertake digital preservation.  It is also evident that agencies with a commercial or industrial interest in digital assets over the long term also need to have regard for digital preservation. This workshop provides essential insights into establishing and running an effective and achievable digital preservation programme, for institutions of all sizes and types.  Some topics to be covered in this workshop include:

  • Why digital preservation matters
  • Making the case for digital preservation
  • Understanding your requirements and how they can be met
  • From selection to access: elements of a practical digital preservation programme
  • Skills and training
  • Models, standards, tools, services and other useful resources
  • Examples of digital preservation programmes in practice, including the Parliamentary Archives.

While it will provide an introduction to the theory and principles of digital preservation, the emphasis of this workshop will be on practical approaches. By the end, participants should have a good understanding of why digital preservation is important to their institutions, and an insight into the steps required to develop, embed and maintain a digital preservation capability.

About the Trainers:

Adrian Brown
Director of the Parliamentary Archives
Houses of Parliament, London UK

Adrian Brown is Director of the Parliamentary Archives in the UK, where he is responsible for information and records management across both Houses of Parliament, the preservation of and access to its historic records in all formats, and promoting public understanding of Parliament's history and written heritage.

Adrian began his career as a field archaeologist, after studying Medieval Literature at the University of Durham. In 1994, he moved to the English Heritage Centre for Archaeology in Portsmouth, where he was responsible for managing its archaeological archives and other information resources. In this role, he developed and implemented a digital archiving programme to enable the long-term preservation and re-use of the CfA's extensive and diverse digital collections. Adrian moved to the Digital Preservation Department of the UK National Archives in 2002, and was appointed Head of Digital Preservation in 2005, where he was responsible for the long-term preservation of born-digital public records created by the UK government and courts. He joined the Parliamentary Archives in 2009, initially as Head of Preservation & Access and, since 2014, as Director. He has lectured and published widely on all aspects of digital preservation.

William Kilbride
Executive Director
Digital Preservation Coalition

William Kilbride is Executive Director of the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC), an international not-for-profit membership agency with a vision to ensure a secure digital legacy.  Founded as a joint venture in the UK in 2002, and based in Glasgow, the DPC has 86 members around the world including major memory institutions, research-active universities and data-driven corporations. The DPC's mandate includes six strategic goals: advocacy, community engagement, workforce development, capacity-building, standards and good practice, and good governance.  It coordinates and publishes some of the key digital preservation activities such as the Global 'BitList' of Digitally Endangered Species, the Digital Preservation Handbook, World Digital Preservation Day and the Digital Preservation Awards.

William started his career in archaeology in the 1990s when the discipline's enthusiasm for new technology outstripped its capacity to manage the resulting data. He joined the DPC from Glasgow Museums where he was research manager for history and before that was Assistant Director of the Archaeology Data Service at the University of York. He was previously a lecturer in archaeology at the University of Glasgow where he completed his PhD.