The Sphinx, does, of course, know the answers to all riddles, including, we assume, how to archive the web… Image from the British Library Flickr stream, no known copyright.
We are pleased to announce a new course in the Digital Preservation Training Programme – ‘Web Archiving 101’. This course is a 1-day course and will take place at Senate House on 12th May 2015. The day will be a mix of tutor-led learning, discussion and group exercises. We won’t be offering ‘hands-on’ in the sense of using tools, but the focus is very much on the practical. If you create and/or use web-based information and resources for research and you have an interest ensuring that such web content can persist and endure in an accessible and usable preservation environment, then this event will be of interest to you.
This course grew out of our re-working of our core DPTP course last year. At that time, we decided to create two new courses, an introduction course and an intermediate course, and in doing so, we reviewed all our existing content very thoroughly. We used to run a web archiving module on the original DPTP course, but times, we felt had moved on. Web archiving had grown significantly in since the original course was designed, and we no longer had the time within a broader course to do it justice. What to do? After much heart searching, we took the module out of the 2 and 3 day courses. However, we still felt there was a strong interest in the area, and so the idea of a ‘101’ course, just focusing on web archiving, was born.
We have been very lucky to work with Peter Webster, a long-established expert in this field, in the design of this new one-day course. Peter will also be teaching on the course, along with Steph Taylor and Ed Pinsent, the regular DPTP tutors, and Sara Day Thomson, a project officer with the DPC, who will be sharing her knowledge about and research into the issues of archiving social media.
There is more information about the course on our website, and you can now book in the ULC shop.