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The BD2K Guide to the Fundamentals of Data Science Series
The Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) Initiative presents this virtual lecture series on the data science underlying modern biomedical research. Since its beginning in September 2016, the webinar series consists of presentations from experts across the country covering the basics of data management, representation, computation, statistical inference, data modeling, and other topics relevant to “big data” in biomedicine. The webinar series provides essential training suitable for individuals at an introductory overview level. All video presentations from the seminar series are streamed for live viewing, recorded, and posted online for future viewing and reference. These videos are also indexed as part of TCC’s Educational Resource Discovery Index (ERuDIte). This webinar series is a collaboration between the TCC, the NIH Office of the Associate Director for Data Science, and BD2K Centers Coordination Center (BD2KCCC).
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ETD+ Toolkit: Training Students to manage ETD+ research outputs
The ETD+ Toolkit is a Google Drive Open Curriculum package that is an approach to improving student and faculty research output management. Focusing on the Electronic Thesis and Dissertation (ETD) as a mile-marker in a student’s research trajectory, it provides in-time advice to students and faculty about avoiding common digital loss scenarios for the ETD and all of its affiliated files.
The ETD+ Toolkit provides free introductory training resources on crucial data curation and digital longevity techniques. It has been designed as a training series to help students and faculty identify and offset risks and threats to their digital research footprints.
What it is:
An open set of six modules and evaluation instruments that prepare students to create, store, and maintain their research outputs on durable devices and in durable formats. Each is designed to stand alone; they may also be used as a series.
What each module includes:
Each module includes Learning Objectives, a one-page Handout, a Guidance Brief, a Slideshow with full presenter notes, and an evaluation Survey. Each module is released under a CC-BY license and all elements are openly editable to make reuse as easy as possible.
Open Access to Publications in Horizon 2020 (May 2017)
This webinar is part of the OpenAIRE Spring Webinars 2017.
It dealt with the Open Access mandate in H2020, what is expected of projects with regards to the OA policies in H2020 and how OpenAIRE can help.
Webinar led by Eloy Rodrigues and Pedro Príncipe (UMinho)
Webinar presentation: https://www.slideshare.net/OpenAIRE_eu/openaire-webinar-open-access-to-publications-in-horizon-2020-may-2017
Webinar recordings: https://webinars.eifl.net/2017-05-29_OpenAIRE_H2020_OAtopublications/index.html
Last updated on 30 December 2017.
Smithsonian Libraries: Describing Your Project : Citation Metadata
Smithsonian Libraries Metadata Guide.
The overall description for your project could be referred to as project metadata, citation metadata, a data record, a metadata record, or a dataset record. The information supplied in the project description should be sufficient to enable you and others to find and properly cite your data.
A metadata record gives the basic who, what, where, and when of the data. It is a high level description that others can use to cite your data. It may be submitted with a dataset as a separate file when deposited in a repository, or displayed in the repository with data entered into a form.
Metacat Administrator's Guide
Metacat is a repository for data and metadata (documentation about data) that helps scientists find, understand and effectively use data sets they manage or that have been created by others. Thousands of data sets are currently documented in a standardized way and stored in Metacat systems, providing the scientific community with a broad range of science data that–because the data are well and consistently described–can be easily searched, compared, merged, or used in other ways.
This Metacat Administrator's Guide includes instruction on the following topics:
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Contributors
Chapter 3: License
Chapter 4: Downloading and installing Metacat
Chapter 5: Configuring Metacat
Chapter 6: DataONE Member Node Support
Chapter 7: Accessing and submitting Metadata and data
Chapter 8: Metacat indexing
Chapter 9: Modifying and creating themes
Chapter 10: Metacat authentication mechanism
Chapter 11: Metacat's use of Geoserver
Chapter 12: Replication
Chapter 13: Harvester and harvest list editor
Chapter 14: OAI protocol for metadata harvesting
Chapter 15: Event logging
Chapter 16: Enabling web searches: sitemaps
Chapter 17: Appendix: Metacat properties
Chapter 18: Appendix: Development issues
QGIS - for Absolute Beginners
This video is a complete rundown of the basics in QGIS, a free GIS software package designed as an alternative to ArcMap.
QGIS is a user friendly Open Source Geographic Information System (GIS) licensed under the GNU General Public License. QGIS is an official project of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo). It runs on Linux, Unix, Mac OSX, Windows and Android and supports numerous vector, raster, and database formats and functionalities.
QGIS Training Manual
A training manual written by the QGIS Development Team. It includes instruction on the basic use of the QGIS interface, applied applications, and other basic operations. Topics include: general tools, QGIS GUI, working with projections, raster and vector data, managing data sources and integration with GRASS GIS. Examples are given of working with GPS and OGC data. A list of plugins is also included.
QGIS aims to be a user-friendly GIS, providing common functions and features. The initial goal of the project was to provide a GIS data viewer. QGIS has reached the point in its evolution where it is being used by many for their daily GIS data-viewing needs. QGIS supports a number of raster and vector data formats, with new format support easily added using the plugin architecture.
Training Materials for Data Management in Reclamation
This document (downloadable from this landing page) provides supplementary educational materials focused upon US Bureau of Reclamation (USBR) approaches to data management that use and expand upon a number of USGS training modules on data management. The USBR supplementary materials include:
- A discussion of the Reclamation data lifecycle
- A Reclamation data management plan template
- Examples of Reclamation data management best practice
- Lessons learned from various USBR data management efforts.
Introduction to Data Management Plans
Video presentation and slides introducing the concept of Data Management Plans given by Dr. Andrew Stephonson at the Research Resource Forum at Northwestern University in 2016. Dr. Stephenson is Distinguished Professor of Biology and Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education in the Eberly College of Science at Penn State. As an active researcher, he has generated and collected data for many years and served on many a panel reviewing grant proposals. From his perspective, data management plans make good sense. In the following video, he describes the elements of a DMP and why they are important. The video presentation is available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uHyDzt6E3qU
This presentation is part of a Data Management Plan Tutorial prepared by the Penn State University Libraries and contains the following modules:
- Introduction to Data Management Plans
- Why Do You Need a Data Management Plan?
- Components of a Typical Plan
- Tools and Other Resources for Data Management Planning
- Part 1: Data and Data Collection
- Part 2: Documenting the Data
- Part 3: Policies for Data Sharing and Access
- Part 4: Reuse and Redistribution of Data
- Part 5: Long-Term Preservation and Archiving of Data
- Next Steps to Take
The entire Data Management Plan tutorial can be found at: https://www.e-education.psu.edu/dmpt
- Introduction to Data Management Plans
Python for Data Management
This training webinar for Python is part of a technical webinar series created by the USGS Core Science Analytics, Synthesis, and Library section to improve data managers’ and scientists' skills with using Python in order to perform basic data management tasks.
Who: These training events are intended for a wide array of users, ranging from those with little or no experience with Python to others who may be familiar with the language but are interested in learning techniques for automating file manipulation, batch generation of metadata, and other data management related tasks.
Requirements: This series will be taught using Jupyter notebook and the Python bundle that ships with the new USGS Metadata Wizard 2.x tool.
- Working with Local Files
- Batch Metadata Handling
- Using the USGS ScienceBase Platform with PySB
Why should you worry about good data management practices?
To prepare data for archival it must be organized in well-formatted, described, and documented datasets. Benefits of good data management include:
Spend less time doing data management and more time doing research
Easier to prepare and use data for yourself
Collaborators can readily understand and use data files
Long-term (data publication)
Scientists outside your project can find, understand, and use your data to address broad questions
You get credit for archived data products and their use in other papers
Sponsors protect their investment
This page provides an overview of data management planning and preparation. It offers practical methods to successfully share and archive your data at the ORNL DAAC. Topics include: Best Practices for Data Management, Writing Data Management Plans including examples of data management plans, How-to's amd Resources.
FAIR Webinar Series
This webinar series explores each of the four FAIR principles (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable) in depth - practical case studies from a range of disciplines, Australian and international perspectives, and resources to support the uptake of FAIR principles.
The FAIR data principles were drafted by the FORCE11 group in 2015. The principles have since received worldwide recognition as a useful framework for thinking about sharing data in a way that will enable maximum use and reuse. A seminal article describing the FAIR principles can also be found at: https://www.nature.com/articles/sdata201618.
This series is of interest to those who work with creating, managing, connecting and publishing research data at institutions:
- researchers and research teams who need to ensure their data is reusable and publishable
- data managers and researchers
- Librarians, data managers and repository managers
- IT who need to connect Institutional research data, HR and other IT systems
Tools for Version Control of Research Data
Research data tend to change over time (get expanded, corrected, cleaned, etc.). Version control is the management of changes to data or documents. This talk addresses why version control is a crucial component of research data management and introduces software tools that are available for this purpose. This workshop was part of the Conference Connecting Data for Research held at VU University in Amsterdam.
Top 10 FAIR Data & Software Things
The Top 10 FAIR Data & Software Global Sprint was held online over the course of two-days (29-30 November 2018), where participants from around the world were invited to develop brief guides (stand alone, self paced training materials), called "Things", that can be used by the research community to understand FAIR in different contexts but also as starting points for conversations around FAIR. The idea for "Top 10 Data Things" stems from initial work done at the Australian Research Data Commons or ARDC (formerly known as the Australian National Data Service).
The Global Sprint was organised by Library Carpentry, Australian Research Data Commons and the Research Data Alliance Libraries for Research Data Interest Group in collaboration with FOSTER Open Science, OpenAire, RDA Europe, Data Management Training Clearinghouse, California Digital Library, Dryad, AARNet, Center for Digital Scholarship at the Leiden University, and DANS. Anyone could join the Sprint and roughly 25 groups/individuals participated from The Netherlands, Germany, Australia, United States, Hungary, Norway, Italy, and Belgium. See the full list of registered Sprinters.
Sprinters worked off of a primer that was provided in advance together with an online ARDC webinar introducing FAIR and the Sprint titled, "Ready, Set, Go! Join the Top 10 FAIR Data Things Global Sprint." Groups/individuals developed their Things in Google docs which could be accessed and edited by all participants. The Sprinters also used a Zoom channel provided by ARDC, for online calls and coordination, and a Gitter channel, provided by Library Carpentry, to chat with each other throughout the two-days. In addition, participants used the Twitter hashtag #Top10FAIR to communicate with the broader community, sometimes including images of the day.
Participants greeted each other throughout the Sprint and created an overall welcoming environment. As the Sprint shifted to different timezones, it was a chance for participants to catch up. The Zoom and Gitter channels were a way for many to connect over FAIR but also discuss other topics. A number of participants did not know what to expect from a Library Carpentry/Carpentries-like event but found a welcoming environment where everyone could participate.
Guidelines for Effective Data Management Plans
Data Management Plans
Federal funding agencies are increasingly recommending or requiring formal data management plans with all grant applications. To help researchers meet those requirements, ICPSR offers these guidelines. Based on our Data Management Plan Web site, this document contains a framework, example data management plans, links to other resources, and a bibliography of related publications. ICPSR also hosts a blog on data management plans.
Framework for Creating a Data Management Plan
Data Mangeme Plan Resources & Examples
Resources for Development
Templates and Tools
Guidance on Funder Requirements
Good Practice Guidance.
We hope you find this information helpful as you craft a data management plan. Please contact us at [email protected] with any comments or suggestions.
Data Management Plan - Data Management Guides
A collection of online data management guides, data management planning tools, guidelines from funding agencies, and data management plan examples for researchers and librarians. This page also contains a link to various courses and tutorials on research data management for health science librarians and researchers at: https://nnlm.gov/data/courses-and-workshops .
Columbia Research Data Management Tutorials and Templates
The ReaDI Program has created several tutorials and templates to aid in the management of data during the collection phase of research and preparing for publication. Tutorial topics include: Good Laboratory Notebook Practices, Laboratory Notebook Checklist, Best Practices for Data Management When Using Instrumentation, and Guidelines on the Organization of Samples in a Laboratory. Downloadable templates are available on related topics, such as data to figure map templates.
The Research and Data Integrity (ReaDI) program is designed to enhance data management and research integrity at Columbia University. The ReaDI program provides resources, outreach and consultation services to researchers at all stages in their careers. Many of the resources are applicable to researchers at any institution.
How-to Guides to Managing a Research Project
These guides are designed to mirror the lifecycle of your research project. They provide support at its various stages. Topics include:
- Creating & analysing data
- Choosing file formats
- Data discovery & re-use
- Storing & preserving data
- Sharing data
- Handling sensitive & personal information
- Planning ahead for Data Management
- Software sustainability, preservation and sharing.
USGS Data Management Plans
The resources in this section will help you understand how to develop your DMP. The checklist outlines the minimum USGS requirements. The FAQ and DMP Writing Best Practices list below will help you understand other important considerations when developing your own DMP. To help standardize or provide guidance on DMPs, a science center or funding source may choose to document their own Data Management strategy. A number of templates and examples are provided. This page also includes resources related to the overall research data lifecycle that will help put data management plans in the context of the research done. Information is provided that identifies what the U.S. Geological Survey Manual requires.
Research data management training modules in Archaeology (Cambridge)
Looking after digital data is central to good research. We all know of horror stories of people losing or deleting their entire dissertation just weeks prior to a deadline! But even before this happens, good practice in looking after research data from the beginning to the end of a project makes work and life a lot less stressful. Defined in the widest sense, digital data includes all files created or manipulated on a computer (text, images, spreadsheets, databases, etc). With publishing and archiving of research increasingly online we all have a responsibility to ensure the long-term preservation of archaeological data, while at same time being aware of issues of sensitive data, intellectual property rights, open access, and freedom of information. The DataTrain teaching materials have been designed to familiarise post-graduate students in good practice in looking after their research data. A central tenet is the importance of thinking about this in conjunction with the projected outputs and publication of research projects. The eight presentations, followed by group discussion and written exercises, follow the lifecycle of digital data from pre-project planning, data creation, data management, publication, long-term preservation and lastly to issues of the re-use of digital data. At the same time the course follows the career path of researchers from post-graduate research students, through post-doctoral research projects, to larger collaborative and inter-disciplinary projects. The teaching material is targeted at co-ordinators of Core Research Skills courses for first year post-graduate research students in archaeology. The material is open access and you are invited to re-use and amend the content as best suits the requirements of your university department. The complete course is designed to run either as a four hour half-day workshop, or 2 x 2 hour classes. Alternatively, individual modules can be slotted into existing data management and core research skills teaching.
Ten Simple Rules for Creating a Good Data Management Plan
Research papers and data products are key outcomes of the science enterprise. Governmental, nongovernmental, and private foundation sponsors of research are increasingly recognizing the value of research data. As a result, most funders now require that sufficiently detailed data management plans be submitted as part of a research proposal. A data management plan (DMP) is a document that describes how you will treat your data during a project and what happens with the data after the project ends. Such plans typically cover all or portions of the data life cycle—from data discovery, collection, and organization (e.g., spreadsheets, databases), through quality assurance/quality control, documentation (e.g., data types, laboratory methods) and use of the data, to data preservation and sharing with others (e.g., data policies and dissemination approaches). The article also includes a downloadable image that illustrates the relationship between hypothetical research and data life cycles and highlights the links to the rules presented in this paper.
Research Data Services Guides in Support of Data Management
Research Data Services is a collaboration between the University of Iowa Libraries, the Office of the Vice President of Research and Economic Development, Information Technology Services, and other campus offices, to support researchers' data management needs. The guides that are part of these Services include answers to key questions, but may also include short videos on the following topics:
- Data Management Plans
- Data Organization and Documentation
- Data Repositories
- Other University of Iowa services and resources available as well as external tools, websites, and repositories that may be useful.
Photogrammetry Workshop UNM GEM Lab
This course provides an introduction to photgrammetry with a full set of data to utilize in building a Digital Elevation Model using Agisoft Photoscan. The course uses a gitHub repository to grow the workshop into a full featured course on the applications of modern remote sensing and photogrammetry techniques in and for the environmental and geosciences.
Coffee and Code: Reproducibility and Communication
This workshop provides an introduction to reproducibility and communication of research using notebooks based on RStudio and Jupyter Notebooks. The development of effective documentation and accesible and reusable methods in scientific analysis can make a significant contribution to the reproducibility and understanding of a research activity. The integration of executable code with blocks of narrative content within notebook systems such as those provided in RStudio and the Jupyter Notebook (and Lab) software environments provides a streamined way to bring these minimum components (data, metadata, code, and software) into a package that can be easily shared with others for review and reuse.
This workshop will provide:
- A high-level introduction to the notebook interfaces provided for R and Python through the RStudio and Jupyter Notebook environments.
- An introduction to Markdown as a language supported by both systems for adding narrative content to notebooks
- Sample notebooks illustrating structure, content, and output options
From the master page for this resource, the Reproducibility and Communication Using Notebooks ipynb file provides more information about what is covered in this workshop.
Coffee and Code: NoSQL
Introduction to NoSQL
In previous sessions we have looked at use cases for relational database management systems (RDBMS), which predominantly make use of SQL. Today's session provides an overview of NoSQL databases. NoSQL can be understood to mean "no SQL" or, alternatively, "not only SQL." NoSQL databases are non-relational, which in the simplest terms means they are not made up of tables.
Topics we will cover include:
- Differences between SQL and NoSQL databases
- Types of NoSQL databases and their use cases
- Document database basics with MongoDB
- Graph database basics with Neo4j
Coffee and Code: Introduction to Version Control
This is a tutorial about version control, also known as revision control, a method for tracking changes to files and folders within a source code tree, project, or any complex set of files or documents.
Also see Advanced Version Control, here: https://github.com/unmrds/cc-version-control/blob/master/03-advanced-ver...
Coffee and Code: Advanced Version Control
Learn advanced version control practices for tracking changes to files and folders within a source code tree, project, or any complex set of files or documents.
This tutorial builds on concepts taught in "Introduction to Version Control," found here: https://github.com/unmrds/cc-version-control/blob/master/01-version-cont....
Git Repository for this Workshop: https://github.com/unmrds/cc-version-control
Coffee and Code: Introduction to Database Design
In this session, we are going to dig a little deeper into databases as representions of systems and processes. A database with a single table may not feel or function much differently from a spreadsheet. Much of the benefit of using databases results from designing them as models of complex systems in ways that spreadsheets just can't do:
- Inventory control and billing
- Human resources
- Blogging platforms
There will be some more advanced SQL statements this time, though we will still be using SQLite. Concepts which will be discussed and implemented in our code include
- Entities and attributes
Open Data Management in Agriculture and Nutrition Online Course
This free online course aims to strengthen the capacity of data producers and data consumers to manage and use open data in agriculture and nutrition. One of the main learning objectives is for the course to be used widely within agricultural and nutrition knowledge networks, in different institutions. The course also aims to raise awareness of different types of data formats and uses, and to highlight how important it is for data to be reliable, accessible and transparent.
The course is delivered through Moodle e-learning platform. Course units include:
Unit 1: Open data principles (http://aims.fao.org/online-courses/open-data-management-agriculture-and-...)
Unit 2: Using open data (http://aims.fao.org/online-courses/open-data-management-agriculture-and-...)
Unit 3: Making data open (http://aims.fao.org/online-courses/open-data-management-agriculture-and-...)
Unit 4: Sharing open data (http://aims.fao.org/online-courses/open-data-management-agriculture-and-...)
Unit 5: IPR and Licensing (http://aims.fao.org/online-courses/open-data-management-agriculture-and-...)
By the end of the course, participants will be able to:
- Understand the principles and benefits of open data
- Understand ethics and responsible use of data
- Identify the steps to advocate for open data policies
- Understand how and where to find open data
- Apply techniques to data analysis and visualisation
- Recognise the necessary steps to set up an open data repository
- Define the FAIR data principles
- Understand the basics of copyright and database rights
- Apply open licenses to data
The course is open to infomediaries which includes ICT workers, technologist - journalists, communication officers, librarians and extensionists; policy makers, administrators and project managers, and researchers, academics and scientists working in the area of agriculture, nutrition, weather and climate, and land data.
Getting Started with Data Management & DMPTool
Data management plans are critical for compliance on most sponsored projects, and will save you time and resources throughout your project. The DMPTool is on online tool to help you write a data management plan using templates with specific funder requirements.
Introduction to Data Management
A quick guide to data managment provided by the Sponsored Projects at the University of Nevada, Reno,including discussion of the advantages of managing data. Emphasis i s placed on the use of the DMPTool. Topics include:
Why Manage Data?
About Data Management Plans
Creating a Data Management Plan
Sample Data Management Plans
NSF Data Management Plan FAQs
NIH Data Plans
Ocean Health Index Toolbox Training
The single biggest motivation of the Ocean Health Index is to use science to inform marine management. And not just any science, the best available science, data, methods, and tools. OHI assessments use collaborative open software so that they are transparent and reproducible; we call this software the OHI Toolbox.
Openness is an important part of how we work; we describe how and why in Lowndes et al. 2017, Nature Ecology & Evolution: Our path to better science in less time using open data science tools. Using the OHI Toolbox requires coding and using data science software; you can learn this in OHI’s Intro to Open Data Science training book.
This Toolbox Training book will train you to prepare for and use the OHI Toolbox. It can be used to teach workshops as a curriculum or workshop guide or for self-paced learning.
Planning and Gathering Data
Calculations: basic workflow
Pressures and Resilience
Communication: OHI+ websites
MANTRA Research Data Management Training
MANTRA is a free, online non-assessed course with guidelines to help you understand and reflect on how to manage the digital data you collect throughout your research. It has been crafted for the use of post-graduate students, early career researchers, and also information professionals. It is freely available on the web for anyone to explore on their own.
Through a series of interactive online units you will learn about terminology, key concepts, and best practice in research data management.
There are eight online units in this course and one set of offline (downloadable) data handling tutorials that will help you:
Understand the nature of research data in a variety of disciplinary settings
Create a data management plan and apply it from the start to the finish of your research project
Name, organise, and version your data files effectively
Gain familiarity with different kinds of data formats and know how and when to transform your data
Document your data well for yourself and others, learn about metadata standards and cite data properly
Know how to store and transport your data safely and securely (backup and encryption)
Understand legal and ethical requirements for managing data about human subjects; manage intellectual property rights
Understand the benefits of sharing, preserving and licensing data for re-use
Improve your data handling skills in one of four software environments: R, SPSS, NVivo, or ArcGIS
RDMRose Learning Materials
RDMRose was a JISC funded project to produce, and teach professional development learning materials in Research Data Management (RDM) tailored for Information professionals. The Slideshare presentations and documents include an overview of RDM, research in higher education, looking at research data, the research data lifecycle, data management plans, research data services, metadata, and data citation.
RDMRose developed and adapted learning materials about RDM to meet the specific needs of liaison librarians in university libraries, both for practitioners’ CPD and for embedding into the postgraduate taught curriculum. Its deliverables included open educational resources materials suitable for learning in multiple modes, including face to face and self-directed learning.
Session topics include:
Introductions, RDM, and the Role of LIS
The Nature of Research and the Need for RDM
The digital curation lifecycle
Key Institutions and Projects in RDM
What is data?
Case Studies of Resaerch Projects
Case Study: Institutional Context, and Conclusions
Coffee and Code: Content Platform
UNM RDS Content Platform for the Coffee & Code Workshop Series
This repository contains the needed code to replicate the presentation and playground environments used for the UNM Research Data Services (RDS) Coffee & Code workshop series. The materials in this repository leverage Docker as a platform for developing and deploying portable containers that support individual applications. In the case of the Coffee & Code instruction platform, the applications that are integrated into the system include:
- Jupyter Notebooks as a presentation, demonstration, and experimentation environment (based on the datascience-notebook container with the addition of Pandoc and LaTeX)
- A web-based RStudio environment (based on the rocker/rstudio with the addition of the R dplyr, ggplot2, ggrepel)
- Installed tools within the Jupyter Notebook platform include:
- Pandoc & LaTeX
- BASH shell
Digital Preservation Workshop Module 5: Post Submission
Module 5 of The Digital Preservation Network's Digital Preservation Workflow Curriculum examines the relationship of the content holders to the preservation service on an ongoing basis following the submission of content. Regardless of whether the preservation environment is internal to the organization, an external service providing organization, or a collaborative consortium, ongoing preservation is a shared responsibility. This module will lay out the various roles, responsibilities, and tasks, and the service framework that will support the establishment of a sustainable preservation program.
Digital Preservation Workshop Module 6: Sustainability
Module 6 of The Digital Preservation Network's Digital Preservation Workflow Curriculum introduces some of the standards and best practices for digital preservation program assessment, tools and activities for performing assessments, and developing a business case for digital preservation. Finally, the module provides practical next steps for applying knowledge gained through the workshop.
Digital Preservation Workshop Module 1: Programmatic Digital Preservation
Module 1 of The Digital Preservation Network's Digital Preservation Curriculum provides an overview of the workshop contents and approach. It begins with a discussion of the goal of the workshop — providing participants with the capacity to ensure valuable content is stored in a managed environment over the long-term, and enact digital preservation programs at their organizations — and provides an opportunity for participants to discuss what this might look like within different organizational contexts. Participants will look at the factors involved in operationalizing a digital preservation program, and the pathway that content travels along as it nears a long-term storage environment. This module introduces the problem-solving and decision-making framework that will run throughout all subsequent modules.
Digital Preservation Workshop Module 2: Selection
Module 2 of The Digital Preservation Network's Digital Preservation Workflow Curriculum introduces the concept of selection for digital preservation and how understanding an organization’s collections landscape can help with planning, selection, and prioritization of digital content for preservation. Lectures will discuss planning, and offer criteria and introduce tools to track and document collections and evaluate their readiness to prioritize submission to a digital preservation service. Participants will consider factors such as legal status, “done-ness” (when is an asset ready to be preserved?), and roles and responsibilities for decision making. They will be asked to look at how the sources of content (whether from digitization or borndigital) affect decision making, and will apply what they have learned through discussions and a case study on evaluation.
Digital Preservation Workshop Module 4: Submission and Ingest
Module 4 of the Digital Preservation Network's Digital Preservation Workflow Curriculum introduces the concept of transferring submission packages to preservation environments. It underscores the importance of logging transfer, upload, and verification events during ingest for the establishment (or continuation) of an audit trail that will track digital assets throughout their life in the preservation environment. Lecture will provide an overview of best practices for submission and the capture of information produced by the related events. Participants will gain experience with tools that support package transfer and will upload submission packages into a local environment and a cloud or preservation service.