Oregon State Archives News
Free Digital Preservation Training Available
In celebration of National Archives Month, the Oregon State Archives will be offering three, two-hour workshops on basic digital preservation. These workshops will be held on Thursdays from 10am until noon at the State Archives; 800 Summer Street NE, in Salem and are as follows:
Identify & Select (Oct. 3) is the first step toward developing a plan to ensure it is available in the future. This workshop will cover basic steps and techniques for identifying digital content and will provide instruction on creating a digital content inventory. It will also include instruction on how to select digital content for preservation by considering how it will be used, stored and reviewed. We will also cover how to establish standards for selecting the content you or your organization needs to preserve.
Store & Protect (Oct. 10) addresses digital content storage and will cover file types and storage devices recommended for long-term storage of digital content. It will also address the use of cloud storage vs. local storage in the long-term preservation and accessibility of digital content. This workshop will provide instruction on protecting digital content from problems such as corruption, obsolescence, inappropriate access and disasters.
Manage/Provide (Oct. 31) will cover the basics of protecting, managing and providing access to digital content selected for long term preservation. The workshop will discuss basic risk management techniques such as creating a written preservation policy and assessing what resources are needed to manage digital content. We will also instruct attendees on how to make digital content available over time given individual and organizational policies, technologies and the needs of the end users.
All workshops will be led by Austin Schulz of the State Archives staff. Austin attended the Digital Preservation Outreach and Education training at the Library of Congress. The training was part of a national effort to encourage individuals and organizations to actively preserve their digital content and consists of six modules geared toward individuals seeking a basic introduction to digital content preservation. These workshops are open to the public. Although the workshops are free, pre-registration is required. To register, e-mail the Archives at:
email@example.com and put “Digital Preservation Workshop” in the subject line. If you have any questions or would like to register by phone, please contact Austin Schulz at (503) 378-5161.