Pushing the Boundaries - Excellence in Digital Curation Education and Training Through Collaboration

"iPRES 2012"

1 October 2012
Chestnut Convention Centre, Toronto


The number of projects, commercial organisations and institutions providing training and education on aspects of data management, digital preservation and digital curation continues to grow. 

Prospective students are often overwhelmed by the sheer number of courses and approaches.

It is clear that increased collaboration is needed in order to establish a more coordinated approach. This workshop will aim to help potential students to select the courses that will best meet their learning objectives and to identify career progression pathways.

The workshop will help to make reusable training materials more visible to trainers and educators and provide guidance on forming partnerships with stakeholder communities.

The third in a series of iPRES events, this workshop will build upon the outcomes of the Spanning the Boundaries and Toward International Alignment in Digital Preservation workshops that were held as part of iPRES 2010 and 2011 respectively.

The main focus for this workshop will be to review recent efforts to classify, assess, and benchmark digital curation training and education offerings and to identify whether any of these may be suitable for wider use, thereby progressing international and interdisciplinary excellence in the provision of digital curation education and training.

The workshop will include small group discussions allowing opportunities for national and regional concerns to be considered within the wider context of agreed collective actions.

The objective of the discussion will be to decide on shared approaches and implementations rather than to propose and discuss novel semantic enhancements to existing materials. The workshop will conclude with the formulation of next steps with actions assigned to appropriate participants.

Aims and objectives

The workshop will focus on three key areas

  • Improving alignment on classification of training materials to ensure that materials are more easily discovered by potential studentsand, where applicable, by other trainers and educators for reuse
  • Identifying means of assessing courses
  • Identifying and promoting benchmarks for training and agreeing how to lobby for cooperation from other stakeholders including professional bodies.

Programme and slides

The programme [pdf] is available. Presentation slides are below.

  • Joy Davidson, DCC – Introduction [ppt] [pdf]
  • Andrew McHugh, DCC - PORRO Risk Relationship Ontology [ppt]
  • Jonathan Roberts, Vitae - An information literacy lens on the Vitae Researcher Development Framework [ppt]
  • George Coulborne, Library of Congress - National Digital Stewardship Residency programme [ppt] [pdf]
  • Cal Lee, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – Digital Curation Exchange [pdf]
  • George Coulborne, Library of Congress - Digital Preservation Outreach & Education [pdf]
  • Sarah Jones, DCC - Classifying training content & resources [ppt] [pdf]
  • Laura Molloy, DigCurV - Digital Curator Vocational Education Europe (DigCurV) curricula framework [ppt]
  • Joy Davidson, DCC - Research Information and Digital Literacies (RIDLs) Coalition criteria for good practice [ppt] [pdf]
  • Helen Tibbo,  University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - Tracking participants skills development via the DigCCurr Institute [ppt] [pdf]

Reference materials

To ensure that we are best able to progress concrete ways to collaborate, workshop organisers request that participants review the following ahead of participation.

Further  references (optional)


Costs and Registration

Details on iPRES and workshop fees and how to register can be found at the iPRES 2012 website.