File Not Found: An Introduction to Digital Preservation

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Has your computer ever crashed and you lost all those important files you had saved? What if the loss was spread to the contents of your entire organization? Or, have you ever gone back to a file that was a few years old and tried to open it, only to find that you no longer have the program to read the file? As most of the records we create today are digital, digital preservation is essential to ensure continued access to these resources.

This session provides a basic introduction to the concept of and issues associated with digital preservation. Digital resources are defined, the life-cycle of digital objects is discussed, and challenges and risks associated with digital preservation are identified. Participants will be introduced to the Library of Congress's Digital Preservation Outreach and Education (DPOE) Program as Minitex offers additional workshops based on the DPOE Program curriculum.

Carol Kussmann is a Digital Preservation Analyst for the University of Minnesota Libraries and works with the Libraries and Archives to address the digital preservation needs of the University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections, and the Minnesota Digital Library. In this role, requirements, workflows and best practices for preserving digital materials are addressed. As a Digital Preservation Outreach and Education (DPOE, a program of the Library of Congress) trainer, Carol works with Minitex to provide digital preservation training in the region.

Who Should Attend?

This introductory course is for staff of any library, archive, or other organization concerned about the long term care of their digital resources. No previous knowledge about the topic of digital preservation is assumed.