Novice to Know-How training - an introduction to digital preservation

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The National Archives is offering access to free online digital preservation training called Novice to Know-How, developed by the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC). With priority given to the UK archive sector and DPC member institutions.

You can register for free access at Novice to Know-How.

About Novice to Know-How

Novice to Know-How is part of The National Archives’ digital capacity building strategy, ‘Plugged In, Powered Up.’

Researched, developed, and tested by experts within the digital preservation community, the training is practically focused, providing learners with the skills and confidence required to implement a simple and proactive digital preservation workflow within their organisation. The Novice to Know-How training starts with a broad introduction to digital preservation issues and describes some of the ways to address these. It explores the steps to take for potential workflows and the technological solutions that can deployed. With an emphasis on free, easy-to-use solutions, the training includes detailed demos and course content is provided as mix of video, text, and quizzes.

Course structure

  1. Introduction to Digital Preservation
  2. Files, Files Formats, and Bitstream Preservation
  3. Using DROID
  4. Selecting and Transferring Digital Content
  5. Ingesting Digital Content
  6. Preserving Digital Content
  7. Additional content

Accessing Novice to Know-How

The access to the Novice to Know-How course works on monthly 4-week cycles, starting on the 1st of each month when learners will receive an email from the DPC, notifying them that their account has been created. Learners will then have until the 28th of the month to complete their selected courses.


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