Digital Preservation Essentials: Pre-ingest and Ingest Workshop


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Developer:
Australasia Preserves Digital Preservation Education Working Group: Digital Preservation Essentials Sub-Group
Matthew Burgess, Carey Garvie, Lachlan Glanville, Valerie Love, Gene Melzack, Peter Neish, Rachel Tropea, Jaye Weatherburn

Date developed: 
April 2020

Version:
Release candidate, v0.1

Maintenance: 
Australasia Preserves Digital Preservation Education Working Group: Digital Preservation Essentials Sub-Group 
Get in touch via the Australasia Preserves contact form or use the feedback form at the bottom of this page.

Delivery mode: 
Face to face, guided by an instructor or team of instructors

Summary: 
This course equips digital preservation professionals with a range of skills relating to various aspects of receiving, handling, and managing digital content. Participants will:
  • Learn about key digital preservation concepts 
  • Learn how to prepare digital materials for preservation
  • Learn how to approach workflow development for digital preservation
  • Learn about current tools for working with digital materials.

The course is structured around five core modules: 
    1. Digital preservation concepts and workflows
    2. File format identification and characterisation
    3. Quick start to the command line
    4. Metadata and digital preservation
    5. Packaging digital materials for ingest or transfer

    Throughout the course, concepts are reinforced by practical activities. Relevant tools and standards are introduced, such as Bagger, DROID, JHOVE, Exiftool, BagIt, and PREMIS.

    Skills required: 
    Participants are not expected to be familiar with the command line or editing configuration files, but they should be prepared to learn how to use them. They are expected to be proficient in the following computer skills:
    • Installing and opening software
    • Downloading files from the Internet
    • Reading and following documentation
    • Searching for files using Spotlight (Mac) or Windows Search (Windows)
    • Extracting ZIP files
    • Setting the default software to open a file with
    • Renaming files
    • Moving files from one folder to another
    • Navigating through different folders
    • Looking up what an error message means and trying to fix it

    Technical requirements:
    Participants require access to a computer running either Linux, MacOS or Windows on which is installed Java 1.6 or later, Bagger, DROID, JHove and ExifTool.
    Installations instructions are provided as part of the workshop package. 

    Course material: 


    Workshop administration resources
    Contents: Module pathways, Proposed timeline for two day workshop, Expression of interest template, Reflection questions and discussion points


    Participant resources
    Contents: Software setup guide, workshop files

    Module: Introduction and framing the challenge
    - Introduction to workshop, including housekeeping
    - Introducting participants
    - Framing the digital preservation challenge
    Contents: Training outline, Presentation slides, Activity workbook, Participant handbook

    Module: Digital preservation concepts and workflows
    - Overview of digital preservation concepts and workflows
    Activities: build your own workflow, workflow tool matching (group activities)
    Contents: Training outline, Presentation slides, Activity workbook, Participant handbook, Scenario cards, Activity cards, Tool cards

    Module: File format characterisation
    - What is a file format? What do we need to know about files?
    - Interrogating files
    - File format validation (including demonstration)
    - File format identification vs validation
    Activities: Using a file format identification tool (DROID)
    Contents: Training outline, Presentation slides, Activity workbook, Participant handbook

    Module: Quick start to the command line
    - What is the command line?
    - Information about different terminals/systems
    Activities: built-in commands
    Contents: Training outline, Presentation slides, Activity workbook, Participant handbook, Command line cheat sheet

    Module: Metadata and digital preservation
    - What is metadata and why is it important?
    - Metadata standards, including preservation metadata (PREMIS)
    - How metadata is stored
    Activities: read, extract and embed metadata using exiftool
    Contents: Training outline, Presentation slides, Activity workbook, Participant handbook

    Module: Packaging digital materials for ingest or transfer
    - Ingest actions
    - BagIt File Packaging Format
    - Overview of Bagger
    Activities: Create, modify and validate bags 
    Contents: Training outline, Presentation slides, Activity workbook, Participant handbook


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