DigCCurr Professional Institute Registration NOW OPEN

I have the great opportunity to be participating in the organization of the DigCCurr Professional Institute: Curation Practices for the Digital Object Lifecycle.

Check out the institute page HERE.

The institute consists of one five-day session in June 2009 and a two-day follow-up session in January 2010. Each day of the June session will include lectures, discussion and a hands-on “lab” component. A course pack and a private, online discussion space will be provided to supplement learning and application of the material. An opening reception, break time snacks and drinks, and a dinner on Thursday will also be included.

Institute instructors are:

  • From the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: Carolyn Hank, Dr. Cal Lee, Dr. Richard Marciano, Dr. Helen Tibbo. Assisted by Heather Bowden.
  • Dr. Nancy McGovern, from the University of Michigan.
  • Dr. Seamus Ross, from the University of Toronto.
  • Dr. Manfred Thaler, from the University of Cologne.

Topics of the institute include:


  • Digital curation program development
  • LAB – DRAMBORA and/or PLATTER in action


  • Strategies for engaging data communities
  • Characterizing, analyzing and evaluating the producer information environment
  • Submission and transfer scenarios – push and pull (illustrative examples from DICE group projects)
  • Defining submission agreements and policies
  • LAB – Assessing File Format Robustness
  • Importance of infrastructure independence


  • Overview of the digital preservation problem
  • Managing in response to technological change
  • Characterization of digital objects
  • LAB – Creating Ingest rules in iRODS
  • From rules to trust – forms of evidence that a repository is doing the right things


  • Access and use considerations
  • Access and user interface examples from DICE
  • How and why to conduct research on digital collection needs
  • LAB – Analyzing server logs and developing strategies based on what you find
  • Returning to first principles – core professional principles that should drive digital curation


  • Overview and characterization of existing tools
  • LAB – Evaluating set of software options to support a given digital curation workflow
  • Formulating your six-month action plan – task for each individual, with instructors available to provide guidance

As you can see, it’s a content rich institute. We will all be learning a LOT. What is different about this institute is that we will be inviting all of the participants back in January 2010, so we can all discuss how the principles we learned in the first week were effectively and/or ineffectively applied in the real world.

I admit my bias when I say I think it’s well worth participating in this if you are a practitioner in the field of digital archives, repositories, libraries, curation, etc. As this field is developing, it is very important that we are able to get together and solidify how and why we are going to tackle the challenges that we are facing.

I hope to see you there!!


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