Austin PASIG has scheduled a digital preservation boot camp to kick off the conference. The boot camp is especially targeted at newcomers to the field, but it looks like all of us (including myself and you, honored readers) stand to benefit – if we can keep up with the pace, that is (starts 8.30 am; finishes noon).
Here’s the tantalizing program:
- Digital Preservation — Things I wish someone had told me before I started
- Digital Preservation in theory and practice
- The Same But Different: data storage, business continuity management and preservation
- OAIS and Emerging Standards: what does success look like?
- Wrangling Digital Chaos: characterisation and ingest
- Preservation Metadata: it’s not just for finding things
- How to Avoid Reinventing the Wheel: procurement and outsourcing
Makes you wish you had come to Austin too, doesn’t it?
There is always the risk that the organizers will not deliver on the program. It happens quite often. The abstract is full of super questions like: How can we make digital preservation really work? How can we control the costs? And then the speaker comes up to the podium and basically repeats the questions but in more elaborate wordings. When he or she is finished repeating the questions, and you think things are about to get interesting, he or she simply says: ‘Thank you for your attention.’ Grrrrrhhhhh.
We have at least five speakers at this boot camp, a.o. Don Post (IMERGE Consulting), William Kilbride (UK Digital Preservation Coalition), David Giaretta (Alliance for Permanent Access), Tom Cramer (Stanford Univ), Mark Evans (Tessella). On your behalf, I shall be following them scrupulously.
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