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Preservica, ARA and IRMS announce joint Practical Digital Preservation programme

Dates and registration now open for Practical Digital Preservation (PDP) 201516 workshops and webinars available free of charge to ARA and IRMS members.

October 13, 2015

Dates and registration now open for Practical Digital Preservation (PDP) 2015/16 workshops and webinars available free of charge to ARA and IRMS members.

Washington DC, US and Oxford, UK | Tuesday 13 Oct 2015 | Preservica, a world leader in digital preservation, is pleased to announce dates and booking details for the joint Preservica, Archives and Records Association (ARA) (UK & Ireland) and Information and Records Management Society (IRMS) programme of Practical Digital Preservation (PDP) workshops and webinars 2015/16.

Free to ARA and IRMS members, PDP 2015/16 builds on the highly rated joint Preservica and ARA PDP 2015 programme for archivists adding new content and examples that focus on hot-topic challenges relevant to records managers. These include email preservation, legal admissibility (BS 1008), the preservation of long-term non-permanent records, web archiving and building digital preservation into the information governance life-cycle. The overall aim is to enable archivist and records managers to collaborate more closely, and move beyond the theory of digital preservation to gain the practical skills necessary to preserve and provide access to long-term and permanent digital content and records.

John Chambers, CEO of ARA said:

“Having the knowledge and experience of how to manage, preserve and provide proper access to an increasing volume of digital content is a vital skill for both archivists and records managers. We are therefore delighted to be joining forces with IRMS and Preservica to deliver this new programme of Practical Digital Preservation training that we hope will foster best-practice and closer collaboration in the management of digital content and records”

Meic Pierce Owen, IRMS Chair added:

“As more of what we all do becomes digital, it is vital for records and information managers to understand the risks to long-term digital records, and be able to develop governance that ensures they remain safe and accessible over their full life-cycle. We are therefore delighted to be joining with Preservica and ARA to deliver this important new joint training initiative.”

Preservica Chief Executive Jon Tilbury commented:

“Preservica’s Digital Preservation and Access software is already in use at a number of ARA and IRMS member organisations, and we look forward to sharing practical experiences of implementing and managing digital preservation strategies for both long- term and permanent digital content”.

Practical Digital Preservation (PDP) 2015/16

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Regional, face-to-face workshops (shortened version, part of other events)

  • Practical OAIS Digital Preservation (2 hour) – 16th October 2015 in Swansea, ARA Wales/Cymru, IRMS Wales/Cymru and ARCW Digital Preservation event
  • Practical OAIS Digital Preservation (3 hour) – 19th November 2015 in Dublin, IRMS Dublin and ARA Ireland, Challenges for Records Managers and Archivists

Digital Preservation and FOI event

Full one-day face-to-face workshops

Note: These workshops are based on the previous PDP 2015 workshops (with new practical examples). Previous participants should therefore attend the most relevant 1- hour “hot-topic” webinars instead which will provide more intermediate and in-depth content and examples.

  • Practical OAIS Digital Preservation – 20th January 2016 in London
  • Practical OAIS Digital Preservation – 17th February 2016 in Birmingham
  • Practical OAIS Digital Preservation – 17th March 2016 in Edinburgh
  • Practical OAIS Digital Preservation – 20th April in Bristol
  • Practical OAIS Digital Preservation – 15th June in London

1 hour live online Webinars (11am – 12pm UK time)

  • The preservation of long-term non-permanent records – 28th October 2015
  • Understanding Legal Admissibility: Complying with BS 10008 – 25th November 2015
  • Getting buy-in for your Digital Preservation programme – 27th January 2016
  • Building Digital Preservation into the Information Governance life-cycle – 24th February 2016
  • The preservation of Email and attachments – 30th March - 2016
  • Website archiving and preservation – 27th April 2016

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Notes to the Media

About Preservica

Preservica is a world leader in digital preservation technology, consulting and research. Our active preservation solutions are used by leading businesses, archives, libraries, museums and government organizations globally, to safeguard and share valuable digital content, collections and electronic records, for decades to come. These include the European Commission, the Met Office, Texas State Archives and HSBC, to name a few.

Recently named a “Cool Vendor” in Content Management by leading technology analyst Gartner, Preservica’s award-winning digital preservation and access solution is a complete, standards-based (OAIS ISO 14721) trusted repository that includes connectors to leading Enterprise Content and Records Management systems to ensure long-term usability, trustworthiness and preservation of vital digital records, emails and content.

Preservica is part of Tessella group, the international analytics, software services and consultancy company.


About ARA

The Archives and Records Association (UK & Ireland) is the lead professional body for archivists, archive conservators and records managers in the United Kingdom and Ireland. ARA has around 2,500 members.

ARA aims to support its membership through training, continued professional development, advocacy, identification of employment opportunities, professional help and advice, and by providing a community to which the membership can belong and from which they draw benefit through open discussion and debate, as well as through gathering of information and advice.

Through its members, ARA is committed to working for high standards in the provision and care of archives and effective records management.

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About IRMS

The Information and Records Management Society (IRMS) is the leading professional association for information professionals. Formed in 1983 and with a clear commitment to inclusivity across the profession, IRMS currently has over 1200 members in 34 countries and territories world-wide and includes members across all sectors of the business world- both public and private.

The Society is committed to both providing its membership with relevant and high quality training opportunities and also, wherever possible, to partnering with other organisations to deliver joint initiatives of benefit to not only its members, but also to the wider profession.

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