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DigCCurr Professional Institute: Curation Practices for the Digital Object Lifecycle

The Institute consists of one five-day session in May 2011 and a two-day follow-up session and a day-long symposium in January 2012. Each day of the summer session will include lectures, discussion and hands-on "lab" components. A course pack and a private, online discussion space will be provided to supplement learning and application of the material. An opening reception dinner on Sunday, break time snacks and coffee, and a dinner on Thursday will also be included.

This institute is designed to foster skills, knowledge and community-building among professionals responsible for the curation of digital materials.

* Regular registration : $750
* Late registration (after April 15, 2010) : $800
* Summer Institute accommodations (includes 5 nights of a private room in a 4 room/2 bath dorm suite on the UNC campus, with kitchen, linens, and internet access) : $250*

*We highly recommend that you choose the on-campus accommodations. This fee covers accommodations for May 2011 only.

If you are a grant recipient working on a digital project, we recommend that you check with your program officer to request approval to use available grant funds to attend the institute.

Institute Instructors:

* From the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: Dr. Cal Lee, Dr. Richard Marciano, Dr. Helen Tibbo.
* Dr. Nancy McGovern, from the University of Michigan.
* Dr. Seamus Ross, from the University of Toronto.
* Dr. Manfred Thaller, from the University of Cologne.

* Dr. Carolyn Hank, McGill University.

Institute Components: (may still be subject to some revisions and reorganization)

* Overview of digital curation definition, scope and main functions
* Where you see yourself in the digital curation landscape
* Digital curation program development
* Engendering Trust: Processes, Procedures and Forms of Evidence
* LAB - DRAMBORA in action

* Strategies for engaging data communities
* Characterizing, analyzing and evaluating the producer information environment
* Submission and transfer scenarios – push and pull (illustrative examples)
* Defining submission agreements and policies
* Strategies for writing policies that can be expressed as rules and rules that can automatically executed
* LAB - Making requirements machine-actionable
* Importance of infrastructure independence

* Overview of digital preservation challenges and opportunities
* Managing in response to technological change
* Detaching Bits from their Physical Media: Considerations, Tools and Methods
* LAB - Curation of Unidentified Files
* Returning to First Principles: Core Professional Principles to Drive Digital Curation

* Characterization of digital objects
* LAB - Assessing File Format Robustness
* Access and use considerations
* Access and user interface examples
* How and why to conduct research on digital collection needs
* LAB - Analyzing server logs and developing strategies based on what you find

* 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
* Summary of action plans
* Clarifying roles and expectations for the next six months

January 4-6, 2012
Participants in the May event will return to Chapel Hill in Jan 2012 to discuss their experiences in implementing what they have learned in their own work environments.  Participants will compare experiences, lessons learned and strategies for continuing progress. Friday, January 6th will be a public symposium, free to the Institute participants. (Accommodations for January will be the responsibility of the attendee.)

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