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Introduction to Digital Preservation: Key Concepts and Tools

  • 09 May 2018
  • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (UTC-04:00)
  • Davis Centre Library, room DC 1568, University of Waterloo (Main Campus), Located in: W.G. Davis Computer Research Centre, Ring Road, Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1
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Title: Introduction to Digital Preservation: Key Concepts and Tools

Instructor: Grant Hurley

Minimum/maximum participants: 10 minimum and 40 maximum

Cost: $100 (student AAO member); $125(AAO member); $200 (non-member)

AAO-PDC facilitator: Richard Gale

Other: Light refreshments will be provided.


This course will introduce participants to the key concepts, practices and tools in digital preservation. It will be followed by a demonstration and discussion of a variety of tools that practitioners can begin using to meet their digital preservation goals. The course is intended for non-experts who would like to get to know the field and to apply tools and techniques to low-resource institutional environments. 

Instructor Bio:

Grant Hurley is the Digital Preservation Librarian at Scholars Portal, the information technology service provider for Ontario Council of University Libraries.  He oversees digital preservation services, including the Scholars Portal Trusted Digital Repository and the Permafrost hosted digital preservation project. He holds a Dual Master of Archival Studies and Master of Library and Information Studies from the University of British Columbia. He currently serves on the boards of the Archives Association of Ontario and the Alcuin Society, and on the Canadian General Standards Board Committee on Electronic Records and Image Management.


Following the workshop, participants will be able to:

- Identify key concepts in digital preservation and how they are practically applied. 
- Assess and and use open source tools for digital preservation tasks.
- Understand the components of a digital preservation processing worfklow. 
- Evaluate the requirements for digital preservation storage services. 



Cancellation Policy:

  • Cancellation by registrant up to one week prior to the event: Refund, less 20% cancellation charge to cover administrative cost
  • Cancellation by registrant one week to 48 hours prior to the event: Refund, less 50% cancellation charge to cover administrative cost
  • Cancellation by registrant less than 48 hours prior to the event: No refund
  • Registrant did not attend event without any notification: No refund
  • In situations where circumstances may have been unforeseen (e.g. death in the family, or hospitalization), a full refund will be offered, if a request is made in writing to the Professional Development Committee for their consideration via the AAO Office. 
  • All registrants MUST phone and/or email the AAO Office and inform staff they will not be attending a course that they are registered.

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