The Attic (a name which commemorates our first physical location) is, first and foremost, a site for the research students of the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester: a virtual community which aims to include all students, be they campus-based and full-time, or distance-learning and overseas. But we welcome contributions from students of museum studies - and allied subject areas - from outside the School and from around the world. Here you will find a lot of serious stuff, like exhibition and research seminar reviews, conference alerts and calls for papers, but there's also some 'fluff'; the things that inspire, distract and keep us going. After all, while we may be dead serious academic types, we're human too.

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

DigCCurr Professional Institute Registration

DigCCurr Professional Institute: Curation Practices for the Digital Object
Lifecycle

Registration Now Open at:
http://cfx.research.unc.edu/res_classreg/browse_single.cfm?New=1&event=B1C0F
46DABAA4C6CA1D9FF96CCF2E76A98A3353B


May 15-20, 2011 & January 4-6, 2012 (One price for two sessions)
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Visit http://ils.unc.edu/digccurr/institute.html for more information.

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.

Registration:

* 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.)

Visit http://ils.unc.edu/digccurr/institute.html for more information.

For more information, contact Kaitlin Costello (kaitcost@email.unc.edu) for
Institute questions or Wakefield Harper (wharper@email.unc.edu) for payment
or registration questions.

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