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When and Where
  • 3/11/2024 1:00 PM CDT
  • 3/12/2024 5:00 PM CDT
  • 2/11/2024 11:45 PM CST
  • Virtual
  • Daniel Noonan

This course WILL count towards the two-synchronous course requirement for the DAS program.


This course will run across two half days--March 11-12, 2024, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. U.S. central time.

How do you start a digital preservation program? This course is designed to help practitioners move from understanding the core vocabulary, standards, and best practices of digital preservation toward program planning, policy development, and systems evaluation. Through presentation, discussion, and hands-on exercises, the course will build on core concepts, explore organizational aspects of digital preservation, introduce tools and standards for technical and preservation metadata, and examine factors to consider in evaluating and selecting digital preservation systems.

Upon completion of this course you'll be able to:

  • Describe core concepts—best practices, vocabulary, and standards—related to preserving digital archives
  • Take the steps necessary to plan a digital preservation program
  • Discuss the basics of technical and preservation metadata, including relevant standards and tools
  • Identify a range of digital preservation systems and establish a set of criteria for evaluating them

Who should attend? Archivists, records managers, and other information professionals who are or will be responsible for the preservation of born-digital materials

What Should You Know? Participants should understand archival fundamentals and be familiar with the basics of metadata and computer systems. We strongly recommend that participants complete the Thinking Digital webinar prior to taking this course.

Taking Basics of Managing Digital Records and Digital Records—The Next Step or Digital Curation: Fundamentals for Success prior to this course will ensure that you’ll maximize the knowledge gained in this offering.

DAS Tier: Tactical and Strategic

DAS Core Competency:

2. Communicate and define terminology, requirements, roles, and responsibilities related to digital archives to a variety of stakeholders.

3. Formulate strategies and tactics for appraising, acquiring, describing, managing, organizing, preserving, and delivering digital archives.

4. Incorporate technologies throughout the archival lifecycle.

If you intend to pursue the DAS Certificate, you will need to pass the examination for this course.

Fees: Early / Regular 

SAA Members: $239/$289

Employees of SAA Member Institutions: $299/ $339

Nonmembers: $339/$399


When participants were asked “what aspect of the course methods/materials was most valuable to you?” responses included:

  • “The details within the course of the higher level concepts was very useful and I will certainly use the handout as a reference in the future.”
  • “Hearing real-world solutions from people who have worked with them.”
  • “Discussion on metadata and OAIS.”