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Learning and Teaching Repository Newsletter Issue 3, January 2014
About the Learning and Teaching Repositories Community
What happened in 2013?
As the New Year unfolds we are happy to share with you the first results of the Presto4U project with a full list of public reports now available on the Presto4U website.

The functioning of the Core expert group within the Learning and Teaching Repositories Community of Practice (CoP) is described in the D2.4 CoP Progress report Year 1, which also provides a snapshot into some of the shared challenges and preservation issues faced by FE and HE institutions working with audiovisual materials to support and enhance education. The Core expert group took part in an extensive questionnaire and some of the technological issues identified in year 1 will be further explored in the next few months to support an analysis of the gaps and challenges with the current solutions provided by key technology suppliers. In the meantime our technical team has carried out an initial assessment of tools that have the potential to address CoP needs and requirements. More information can be found in the report D3.2 Research Outputs Assessments v1.
As part of the Presto4U project’s mission to raise digital preservation awareness and offer new services and information gathering, we have started to build a database for a Standards Register which will include a standards taxonomy and details on CoP standards adoption.  

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What happens next?

The Core expert group has started to meet again this month to discuss a webinar idea for the community and future work in the definition of use cases. We are also currently recruiting up to 5 new Core experts that can contribute context-based experiences, best practice, knowledge and expertise to formulate the long term digital preservation media needs of the community. If you are interested or know an AV expert in the field of FE and HE education please do get in touch via

Your Participation
Fill out our survey on the Software Tools Catalogue

Presto4U aims to create a set of services aimed at helping users to identify their audiovisual preservation needs and to find outcomes that contribute to preservation planning activities. The software tools catalogue will bring together information on a wide range of tools specific to audiovisual preservation. The Presto4U project is inviting feedback from users as to the type of software tools catalogue they would like to use. Please help us in our planning to create a catalogue that reflects the needs of audiovisual communities by participating in this short survey, which only takes 15 minutes of your time.

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PrestoCentre Publications
Preservation Case Studies for Archives

In November 2013, PrestoCentre published the first three issues of a series of Case Studies, called "Preservation Case Studies for Archives". These case studies are an innovative educational experience that places the student in the role of the decision maker, where one has to balance both resources and constraints. Through a dynamic process of idea exchange, students first learn about the situation, then identify and analyse the problems to determine the causes, and finally develop alternative strategies for a solution. Preservation Case Studies for Archives provides the context for teaching the real world issues confronting archives staff and managers in a dynamic and exciting way. The students do most of the talking and are stimulated by learning in a supportive environment. Each case study contains important activities that help guide the direction and focus of the discussion by the teacher who leads through questioning and observation. Students learn from their fellow students’ experiences and perspectives in an exciting forum that puts them in the centre of real world situations and requires them to develop real world solutions.

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Featured Blog
Upcoming Blog

Next week we are also launching a blog with news for the Learning and Teaching community. This will also provide a snapshot into the challenges and solutions shared by the Core expert group as well as update you on events and digital preservation initiatives in the field of education.

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Library Highlight
Preservation and Curation in Institutional Repositories
A report on the state of the art of preservation and curation in an institutional repository context, noting areas of recent and current research and development. The document gives an overview into some of the most relevant repository models and architectures providing examples of preservation planning tools including technologies for metadata extraction and emulation. It should be of interest principally to institutional repository managers and others concerned with the strategic planning for these services. The report was published by the Digital Curation Centre in 2010.

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Upcoming Events
February 27 - 28: Education Innovation Conference and Exhibition 2014 - A two-day conference and exhibition with over 100 education solution providers including the latest technologies. Education Innovation gives free access to seminars and practical workshops offering training and guidance about integrating innovation and technology into learning. Visitors will have the opportunity to find out more about Software Licensing, Data Backup and Data Management as well as Cloud use in education among the other subjects.

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The Presto4U project receives funding from the European Commission's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). The project will run from 1 January 2013 till 31 December 2014

PrestoCentre Foundation is a non-profit organisation registered under KvK54274427