We’re delighted to announce that we have partnered with Digital Humanities at UCC to run our well-received ‘Preparing your Collection for DRI’ training course in Cork!
Since launching in June 2015, we at the Digital Repository of Ireland have been focusing on expanding and adding to our collections. There are many fascinating collections in institutions all around Ireland that have not yet been digitised, or that have been digitised but are not securely preserved. Many collections are still unarranged, with many potential treasures still undiscovered. We have developed this new set of courses to help those who are looking after collections to prepare their material so that it can be easily ingested into DRI for secure long-term preservation. The first first run of the course in Dublin was very successful, and we’re delighted to be able to bring it to Cork, with the help of the Digital Humanities Active Learning Space in UCC.
The course introduces the basic elements of archival arrangement and description, digitisation methods and workflows, the elements of copyright and what collection owners may and may not publish, and an introduction to metadata standards. It is designed to help collection curators to make sense of their material, understand the principles of collection management and, at the end of the course, have the tools in place to prepare their collection for eventual ingest into DRI. (While the course is focused on DRI requirements, the principles explored are interoperable with many open repositories, and the archival skills are useful for both digital and 'analogue' collections).
Taking the form of a day-long series of seminars and breakout sessions, this course is geared towards collection curators who do not have an archival background and do not have extensive experience with managing collections. However, trained archivists and experienced collection curators can find out how their skills apply to the management of collections within the Digital Repository of Ireland.
09:30: Seminar 1- Understanding Your Collection, presented by Kevin Long, Digital Data Curator, Inspiring Ireland 1916 Project, DRI
11:00: Seminar 2: Digitising Your Collection, presented by Dr Tim Keefe, Head of Digital Resources and Imaging Services, Trinity College Dublin (DRI Partner Representative).
14:00: Seminar 3: Understanding Copyright, presented by Clare Lanigan, Education and Outreach Manager, DRI
15:00: Breakout session
15:30: Introduction to Metadata, presented by Aileen O’Carroll, Policy Manager, DRI