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Futureproof - BORN DIGITAL practical preservation skills

Futureproof - BORN DIGITAL practical preservation skills


It has been just over 25 years since the first public website and a similar time since the popularisation of digital photography. Programs for tasks such as word processing have been around far longer, and today the vast majority of information created in our world is shared via digital means.

Yet often when we think of preservation we think of digitisation and the futureproofing of analogue objects such as paper based manuscripts or audio cassettes. Yet “the media on which digital contents are stored are more susceptible to deterioration and catastrophic loss than media such as paper.” (Digital preservation, SLNSW http://www.sl.nsw.gov.au/public-library-services/digital-practice-guidelines-public-libraries/digital-preservation)

This 3 week course will help you understand the issues and best practices related to futureproofing a variety of born digital media – such as websites, electronic documents and social media.

This is a short four week professional development unit. You will receive a certificate of participation upon successfully completing this course.

If you are participating in the ALIA PD Scheme, you may claim 15 points for this activity in the Assessed Short Course category.


Participants will examine the following areas:

  • What are “good” digital objects? What properties do they have?
  • What steps do Libraries need to take when creating born digital items?
  • What steps do Libraries need to take when working with “less than perfect” donations or older born digital items?
  • What best practical guidelines are available for libraries regarding futureproofing born digital objects?
  • How do libraries ensure that existing digital objects can be accessed and viewed in the future?


You work in the library and information sector and:

You are interested in the running of digital archives or repositories.

You want to preserve the born digital materials your organisation creates and collects.


Contact with facilitators will be through ONLINE forums on Moodle (the online Learning Management System used by Sydney TAFE for these courses).

Participants will connect with each other through forum discussions.

There are no specific times you need to be available.

The time investment required is approximately 4-5 hours per week, depending in the individual.

The course can be completed in 3 weeks but as it is developed to be self paced, it can be finished earlier or later depending on your learning styles and needs. If you wish to vary the usual time taken, please discuss this with your teacher.

No specific hardware – other than a computer with internet access – is required for this course. A short list of recommended software will be provided closer to the start date. The course will endeavour to offer open source and free alternatives to proprietary software.


Our training partner for this course is Sydney TAFE. Sydney TAFE is part one of the largest and most innovative education and training providers in Australia.

Each year, they help more than 70,000 students achieve their education, learning and work skills goals through 800 rewarding and exciting nationally recognised courses and training programs offered across seven Sydney Institute TAFE colleges, in the workplace, online and via distance learning.

More information

p. 1800 020 071

e. training@alia.org.au

N.B. To access the course at member prices please ensure you are logged in first. Institutions registering staff under the institution's ALIA membership should ensure those staff are listed under their membership before registering, or member pricing will not be applied to those individuals.(Go to My Profile/My Memberships/Members tab)

Cancellation Policy
Registrations up to 3 weeks prior = full refund
Registrations between 1-2 weeks prior = 50% refund
Registrations cancelled 1 week prior or later = no refund
Registrations can be transferred to other individuals at no cost (in the same registration category).

Contact training@alia.org.au for information.

Event details

Where: Online

When: 7 March - 27 March

Registrations Open: 15 Dec 16 12:00 AM

Registrations Close: 22 Feb 17 11:59 PM

Cost: $270 members, $399 non-members

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