Selecting and Implementing Digital Preservation Systems

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Designed for heritage organization staff who are considering the long-term management of their digital assets, this two-part workshop will present strategies for assessing local preservation needs and selecting and implementing digital preservation curation systems and tools.

Heritage organizations use digital preservation and curation systems (DPCS) such as Preservica, MetaArchive, APTrust, Samvera, and others, to undertake digital preservation and curation work in the context of their institutional needs and priorities. We will discuss how these systems provide a framework for managing the various stages and processes involved in digital preservation including content acquisition, preparation for archiving, ingesting, storage, maintenance, access, and ongoing data management and preservation activities.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this class, students will be able to:

  • Assess local preservation needs and resources.
  • Understand how the DPCS landscape is evolving.
  • Identify key challenges in selecting and implementing digital preservation and curation systems from different stakeholder perspectives (heritage sector, system/service providers, etc.) and risk mitigation strategies.
  • Compare the key characteristics of commonly used commercial and not-for-profit preservation solutions.
  • Assess sustainability characteristics of DPCS.

Instructor: Oya Y. Rieger

Oya Y. Rieger is a senior strategist on Ithaka S+R’s Libraries, Scholarly Communication, and Museums team. She spearheads projects that reexamine the curation and preservation missions of cultural heritage organizations and explore sustainability models for open scholarship. Prior to joining Ithaka S+R, Rieger served as Associate University Librarian at Cornell University Library overseeing digital scholarship, preservation, collection development and scholarly publishing programs. As digital preservation has been a central point of her 25-year career, she has contributed to a range of international initiatives to design, develop, and assess digital preservation initiatives and training programs. With a B.A in Economics (Middle East Technical University, Turkey), she holds an M.S. in Public Administration (University of Oklahoma, US), an M.S. in Information Systems (Columbia University, US), and a Ph.D. in Human-Computer Interaction (Cornell University, US).


This class will not cover digital preservation technologies or program components and does not require technical background. A basic understanding of digital preservation concepts and terms is necessary for full participation in this class.

State library and/or archives agency; Academic library: 4 year and graduate; Museum; Academic library: 2 year; Archives; Historical Society / Site; Special Collections
Time: All live online classes are in Eastern time.