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Learning and Teaching Repository Newsletter Issue 2, December 2013
Past Events
First Presto4U Workshop: Digital Audiovisual Preservation in Communities of Practice
On the 4th December 2013 experts from the Community of Practice (CoP) for Learning and Teaching Repositories attended the first Presto4U workshop. This one day workshop was held in Paris and hosted by INA, the French National Audiovisual Institute (Institut National de l'Audiovisuel). The nine communities identified within the Presto4U project were presented to an audience of around 70 participants highlighting the variety of issues related to digital preservation in the audiovisual domain.

Linda Ligios (King’s College London) offered an overview on the community profile and the main challenges and barriers faced by archivists working in further (FE) and higher (HE) education institutions. Some of the challenges within this community are the same as other audio or video archives, such as physical carriers still awaiting digitisation or migration, but there are preservation issues specific to educational settings, where documentation, re-use, and capture of associated content and context are needed, especially for those engaging in distance learning.

Although good practices are emerging, there is still a lack of skilled practitioners and a limited amount of human and financial resources. Within this context, the CoP can play a key role to create and share ‘best practice’ documentation as well as use cases to help define the workflows and shared needs of the community helping researchers and technology providers to address those needs.

The afternoon session included a presentation of the actions developed by the Presto4U project such as the Standards Register (soon available). Experts within the Learning and Teaching Repositories and Research and Scientific Collections domain met in a group discussion to exchange their concerns with regard to digital preservation of audiovisual materials. This one hour session highlighted the similarity of obstacles that characterise the academic environment and in particular the lack of resources devoted to manage and preserve AV material. Although there is an increase in use and production of audiovisuals, teachers and researches have in general no mission to preserve, so there is a strong need to raise awareness and educate staff and senior management to adopt some measures.

The investigation on challenges and preservation needs of the communities will continue in 2014 with the extension of interviews and surveys to a wider number of organisations.

Presentations Presto4U Workshop Now Online

If you have missed the workshop, don’t worry you'll be able to watch the recordings of each session online. Also, take a look at the blog written by Erwin Verbruggen (Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision) for a complete overview and experience of the workshop.

Next year there will be more opportunities for you in the format of 'Preservathons' organised within the Presto4U project. Keep an eye on the website to stay up-to-date.

Your Participation
Happy Holidays!

We hope you have enjoyed our first newsletters and we look forward to be in touch again next year. For 2014 we're planning a number of new services and activities and look very much forward to your participation. You can expect a regular blog post on the PrestoCentre website to keep you up-to-date about what is going on in the Learning and Teaching Repositories Community and we'll organise one or more online seminars (webinars) for you to join for free.

Now it's time to wish you a Merry Christmas and a good start of 2014!

Library Highlight
Preservation of e-Learning Materials: an additional Case Study
This document presents the result of an attitudinal study to investigate what role preservation and curation is perceived as having in relation to e-learning materials. Interesting for all those involved in the creation and preservation of e-learning materials (teachers, e-learning units).

It is recognised that whilst a great deal of work has been carried out over the past few years to develop e-learning materials across the UK HE/FE (higher and further) education institutions sector, relatively little work has been done to define what role preservation/curation has to play in the stewardship of this digital material and how valuable it is to think of e-learning materials as items that need these measures applied to them.

The study was conducted by Evidence Base at Birmingham City University under commission from JISC between May and October 2008. JISC is a registered charity and champion the use of digital technologies in UK education and research.

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Upcoming Events
May 19-20: 3rd LIBER Workshop on Digital Curation "Keeping Data. The Process of Data Curation"
A two day workshop aimed at academic institutions with a focus on managing the scientific and administrative process of digital objects. Organised by LIBER, Vienna University Library and Archive Services, this digital curation workshop will take place at the University of Vienna. The workshop will offer an opportunity to discuss important issues such as the need to locate and access the digital resources, as well as to associate them with the related metadata for managing, accessing, reusing, retrieving and preserving huge amounts of cultural and intellectual resources.

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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

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