Practical Preservation Training at METRO Next Week

Join us at METRO for some spring cleaning!  Dust off your digital and physical preservation skills as we welcome the return of two popular workshops led by metadata expert Rebecca Guenther and the folks at AudioVisual Preservation Solutions.  Our “Preservation Metadata” session has been extended to add another half-day of practical applications and discussion of participant implementation cases.  “Processing Audio and Video Collections” will give attendees an opportunity to discuss how important aspects of preservation apply to these particular collections.  We are thrilled to offer these workshops to a new group of professionals, so sign up now before registration closes!

Preservation Metadata: The Cornerstone of Long-Term Digital Preservation Practices
Tuesday April 17 10:00 am to 4:00 pm AND Wednesday, April 18 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
To preserve digital content for the long term requires the preserving institution to know key pieces of technical and structural information about the data.  Preservation metadata is the information you need to know in order to manage, use, and understand your valuable digital assets into the future.  This workshop provides a hands-on introduction to the PREMIS Data Dictionary for Preservation Metadata, the key standard in this area, and how it is being implemented worldwide.  Topics will include an introduction to the PREMIS data model, an examination of the Data Dictionary, and its implementation in XML and METS within the context of larger digital library issues.  Current trends in PREMIS implementations will be covered, including its use as Linked Data in the Semantic Web.  A review of selected implementations will highlight use cases and issues for preservation planners to consider.  There will be ample time for open discussion of implementation issues.  Participants already using PREMIS are encouraged to contribute by presenting information about their own implementations and issues encountered.
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Processing Audio and Video Collections
Friday April 20 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Many archival audiovisual collections remain inaccessible to researchers and institutions due to lack of intellectual control and lack of procedures for care and playback.  These situations directly impact the ability of an archive to fulfill its mission and to obtain funding for preservation work.  This workshop focuses on the core knowledge and skills you need to process audio and video materials for planning, budgeting, cataloging, access, grant applications, and long-term storage.
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