Registration Now Open! DigCCurr Professional Institute: Curation Practices for the Digital Object Lifecycle

December 21, 2012

Registration Now Open!
DigCCurr Professional Institute: Curation Practices for the Digital Object Lifecycle 

May 12-17, 2013 & January 6-7, 2014 (One price for two sessions) University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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The Institute consists of one five-day session in May 2013 and a two-day follow-up session in January 2014. 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, Continental breakfast, break time snacks and coffee, and a dinner on Tuesday 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 : $1,150
  • Late registration (after April 15, 2012): $1,300

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 Include:

  • From the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: Dr. Cal Lee, Dr. Helen Tibbo, and Dr. Kam Woods.
  • Dr. Nancy McGovern, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
  • Dr. Carolyn Hank, McGill University.
  • Lorraine Richards, Drexel University. 

Institute Components: (may 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 6-7, 2014
Participants in the May event will return to Chapel Hill in Jan. 2014 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. Accommodations for January will be the responsibility of the attendee.
For more information, contact Dr. Helen Tibbo (  for Institute questions or Kaitlyn Murphy (  for payment or registration questions.
The Digital Professional Institute was initiated as part of the DigCCurr II project, supported by the Institute for Museum and Library Services (Grant Award #RE-05-08-0060-08) and is partially supported by the School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.