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Intro to Preservation Metadata

4-Week Course Starts March 26, 2018

Course Description:

This course provides an overview of preservation metadata, focusing specifically on the PREMIS Data Dictionary for Preservation Metadata, an international standard used to record metadata relating to digital preservation. PREMIS is used widely throughout the library, archive, and museum community, and has been integrated into many existing digital preservation tools.

This course will begin with a focus on the PREMIS data dictionary itself, independent of implementation format. The course will then explore the implementation of PREMIS using XML. Participants will finish this course with a clear understanding of how they can use PREMIS to support digital preservation in their own collections.

Learning Objectives:

- Recognize the importance of preservation metadata and how PREMIS meets this need
- Learn the basic structure of PREMIS, including the major entities in PREMIS: Object, Event, Agent, Rights
- Understand how to express the PREMIS data dictionary using XML
- Create PREMIS XML metadata records for real-world cultural heritage objects


Your Instructor


Peggy Griesinger
Peggy Griesinger
Peggy Griesinger is the Metadata Librarian at George Mason University Libraries, where she works in collaboration with library colleagues to create robust, standards-compliant metadata for library collections and other related projects. She also occupies a more “traditional” cataloger role as audiovisual materials cataloger for the library. She was previously the National Digital Stewardship Resident at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. She received her Master of Library Science from Indiana University in 2014, with a specialization in digital libraries.


Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
This course starts on March 26, 2017. It is a 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 discussion, reading, and 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?
March 23, 2017
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 area is also available where participants can post questions.
How long do I have access to the course?
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 complete the following each week:
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 within 14 days of the course start date and we will give you a full refund.
I am having trouble enrolling. Help!
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3. Request that we send you an invoice. This will be emailed to you and you can pay through the link provided in the invoice. Send an email to info@preservethis.org

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