ARA Conference (Archives and Records Association)

  • Hilton London Wembley London HA9 0BU

Hear from CoSector's Ed Pinsent and Steph Taylor on their digital preservation survey findings at the ARA's annual conference alongside colleagues at the DCC and DPC.

The event brings together the influential players of the record keeping sector. High profile speakers discuss latest developments and delegates can network with fellow members of the community.


Conference theme: 'Global Futures'

We know our future is a global one. Global relationships, interactions, communications and connectivity are shifting the way in which we live and work. The record, its information content and memory are an increasing global commodity and as professional custodians we are responsible for authenticity and integrity; which in turn ensures that global research, knowledge exchange, collective memory, political and legal rights, are able to be explored, scrutinized and upheld. Our professional lives often focus on pragmatic response to everyday situations, but we face a constant requirement to communicate and demonstrate to ourselves and to others our ability to place our work firmly in the future.

About CoSector's talk

What do you want from digital preservation training? In Autumn 2015, The University of London Computer Centre (ULCC) worked with colleagues from the Digital Curation Centre (DCC) and the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) to conduct the Digital Archiving & Preservation Training Needs Survey. Moderator / chair Ed Pinsent (ULCC) will set the context for this session, introduce the survey and explain why we did it, and summarise the current landscape of digital preservation training. Steph Taylor (ULCC) will discuss how the Training Needs survey has shaped ideas about how such training could develop and improve. Sharon McMeekin (DPC) will look at training from a continuing professional development angle, and what this means for archivists and other information professionals. Laura Molloy (OII / RSA) will address the issue of training for non-scientific audiences, and whether the language and delivery of digital preservation training needs to change. Lastly, a panel discussion and questions will allow exploration of some of the key findings of the training needs survey.