JCDL Conference 2007

    May 21, 2007
    Advance Registration ends
    May 17, 2007
    Deadline to obtain conference rate at the Westin Bayshore
    April 9, 2007
    Revision deadline for accepted submissions
    March 24, 2007
    Doctoral Consortium abstracts due
    February 5, 2007
    Short papers, posters, workshop & demonstration proposals due
    January 29, 2007
    Full papers, panel & tutorial proposals due

Tutorial 10: Digital Curation and Digital Preservation: An Introduction
Half day

This tutorial provides a broad overview to the areas of digital curation and digital preservation. Preservation of digital assets has surfaced as a wide-scale institutional challenge in recent years. Dozens of initiatives and developments have emerged over the past decade responding to this challenge, including the development of standards, such as the OAIS Reference Model [1], the development of platforms for digital asset management, such as DSpace and Fedora, and the development of tools for assessing an institution's digital preservation and curation programs, such as the recent 2007 releases, Trusted Repositories Audit Checklist (TRAC) [2] and the Digital Repository Audit Method Based on Risk Assessment (DRAMBORA) [3].

This broad overview will provide clarification and distinction between the terms, digital curation and digital preservation; offer an overview and analysis of past and current research in these areas; and summarize emerging best practices. The tutorial is deigned for an audience of professionals charged with stewarding their institution's digital assets in perpetuity. This stewardship entails a spectrum of activities, including identification, appraisal, acquisition, management, storage, and discovery, that necessitate application of the principles of digital curation and digital preservation. This tutorial is intended to help those professionals digest the growing body of relevant information in these emerging fields for subsequent application at their respective institutions.

Target Audience:
This tutorial is designed for an audience with Introductory and Intermediate levels of understanding in the areas of digital curation and digital preservation. It is intended to serve an audience of professionals planning or implementing digital curation and digital preservation initiatives at their institutions. This includes:

  • Digital librarians,
  • Digital repository developers and curators,
  • Archivists and electronic records managers,
  • Scholars engaged in research intended to benefit the above, and
  • Professional staff and administrators charged with preserving an institution's digital assets.

Level of experience required:
Introductory and Intermediate

Helen Tibbo is a Professor in the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill. Helen R. Tibbo is a Professor in the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH). She teaches in the areas of archives and records management, digital preservation and access, and digital curation and appraisal. Dr. Tibbo is Principle Investigator for the IMLS-funded project, "Preserving Access to Our Digital Future: Building an International Digital Curation," This project will design a curriculum in digital curation, fund a cohort of digital curation fellows, and host two international conferences in Chapel Hill. (http://www.ils.unc.edu/digccurr2007). She is a co-investigator on the NSF-sponsored VidArch project with Gary Marchionini, Cal Lee, and Paul Jones. Dr. Tibbo is also co-principle investigator for the Mellon-sponsored Developing Standardized Metrics Project, and directs the NHPRC Electronic Records Research Fellowships. Additionally, she is the Primary Investigator for the NHPRC Electronic Records Research Fellowships Program. and serves as chair to the Digital Curation/Institutional Repository Committee at UNC-CH.

Carolyn Hank is a Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN) Doctoral Fellow at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH). She is the project manager for the Digital Curation/Institutional Repository Committee, charged with developing a pilot institutional repository at UNC-CH and recommendations for a subsequent wide-scale institutional repository and digital preservation program. She helped organize the 2006 JCDL workshop, Digital Curation & Trusted Repositories: Seeking Success. She served as project manger on a recent study, Building from Trust: Using the RLG/NARA Audit Checklist for Institutional Repository Planning and Deployment, presented at IS&T's Archiving 2007 this past May. Her current study, Blogger Perceptions on Digital Preservation, will present initial findings at the 2007 JCDL poster session.