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Intro to Digital Preservation

4-Week Course Starts Mar 18, 2019

Digital preservation is a new and fast-moving area of archiving and preservation. In this course we will introduce participants to the basics: understanding digital files, metadata, planning for digital storage, file fixity checking, and avenues for implementing a strategy as well as software for your institution. Quizzes and homework will allow participants to synthesize readings and lectures, along with access to the instructor via email at any point during the course.

  • Introduction to the field of digital preservation; its past and direction forward
  • Types of physical & digital media and steps forward following identification
  • Understand preservation descriptive standards & concepts
  • Safely copying files and the means to check files for authenticity over time
  • Introduction to digital file characteristics and storage concepts
  • Recall questions to address in order to approach planning a working system

Note: This course is designed for individual participation; each individual must register.



Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
This course starts on Mar 18, 2019 It is an asynchronous online course designed to be completed in 4 weeks. Participants will spend approximately 2 hours each week on viewing lectures, answering quizzes, and completing homework assignments. It is recommended that you complete each week's work within that week to stay in sync with other learners. When is the last day for registration?
When is the last day for registration?
Mar 15, 2019
Will the instructor be available for feedback and questions?
Absolutely! Your instructor will provide feedback for each assignment and will be available via email or phone for any questions you may have. A discussion forum is also available where participants can post questions.
How long do I have access to the course material?
You will have unlimited access for 3 months from the start date of this course.
Will I receive a Certificate of Completion?
In order to receive a Certificate of Completion you must:

1. View all video lectures

2. Answer all quizzes

3. Complete all assignments

When you complete these three items you can expect to receive you certificate within 2 weeks.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 14 days and we will give you a full refund.
I am having trouble enrolling. Help!
We're sorry to hear this. Here are some options:

1. Try enrolling with a different browser or with a different device (laptop, tablet, smart phone, etc.)

2. Email us at info@preservethis.org and request that we send you an invoice. You can pay through the link provided in the invoice.

Your Instructor


Lauren Sorensen
Lauren Sorensen

Lauren Sorensen is a consulting archivist & media conservator interested in digital preservation, community initiatives, metadata and open access. A PhD student at UCLA's Information Studies program, she has held positions at the Library of Congress, Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC), and stalwart independent film distributor Canyon Cinema, among others. She received her Masters in Moving Image Archiving & Preservation from New York University in 2007, and contributes to the community through PBCore metadata dictionary project, Association of Moving Image Archivists’ (AMIA) Independent Media committee, and is on the board of the Electronic Media Group of American Institute for Conservation of Historic & Artistic Works (AIC). She enjoys music, bicycling, social histories, jokes, art, and the outdoors.


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