Because good research needs good data

Digital Preservation Carpentry

04 February 2019 |

This workshop has two aims: 1. To trial a hands-on technical lesson for digital preservation processes, using the pedagogical teaching style of the Carpentries (;; and 2. To gather feedback from participants to enhance further development of digital preservation lessons within the Carpentries framework. This trial lesson will feature digital preservation concepts tightly coupled with experimentation with open source tools. The lesson is aimed at those who want to get from theoretical knowledge of digital preservation to practical skills, and who want to understand the reasoning behind tools and technology choices for handling digital content. Working IT knowledge is essential for participation in this workshop. Both established practitioners and those new to digital preservation theories and practice are encouraged to attend. Lesson content has been developed from input from the Australasia Preserves digital preservation community of practice.


Time Activity
9.00-9.30am Welcome, introductions, overview of Library Carpentry

Jargon busting

  • Overview of trial lesson and content
  • Overview of digital preservation workflows
  • Intro to Bagit/Bagger
10.30-11am Morning tea break
11am-12.30pm Tool experimentation, talking points and activities
12.30-1.30pm Lunch break
1.30-2.30pm Continued tool experimentation, talking points and activities

Group activity: build-your-own workflow

3.30-4pm Afternoon tea break
4-4.30pm Group discussion: Lessons learned, future improvements
4.30pm-end Wrap up, next steps


Organisers: Carey Garvie, National Archives of Australia; Lachlan Glanville, The University of Melbourne; Peter Neish, The University of Melbourne; Fiona Tweedie, The University of Melbourne; Jaye Weatherburn, The University of Melbourne, Matthew Burgess, State Library South New Wales

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This is part of the excellent programme of workshops at the 14th International Digital Curation Conference.

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