Workshop: Kick-off workshop of the IMPACT-OPF MOOC on digitisation and digital preservation

Promoted by the Impact Centre of Competence and Open Preservation Foundation

Full day workshop: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Friday, September 18th, 2015.


The need for specific training on the multiple facets of digitisation and digital preservation technology is a common concern at cultural heritage institutions. As a response, the Impact Centre of Competence and the Open Preservation Foundation promote the organisation of a high-quality MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) on digitisation and digital preservation.


The purpose of this hands-on workshop is  to launch the creation of the online course by:

  • Identifying the training needs and the available expertise in this domain.
  • Defining the competences provided by the course and the procedures that will be applied to evaluate them.
  • Building the basic structure of the course (units and lessons).
  • Coordinating responsibilities for the creation of content.

Participants profile

Stakeholders willing to contribute actively to the definition and implementation of a MOOC on digitisation and digital preservation,  for example:

  • Experts in the implementation of digitisation and digital preservation workflows.
  • Tool providers, companies and researchers producing hardware/software for digitisation and digital preservation.
  • Librarians, archivists and, in general,  personnel at cultural heritage institutions working in digitisation departments or involved in the management of digitisation and digital preservation programmes.
  • Researchers and publishers creating digital editions.

Registered participants are requested to submit an e-mail introducing their expertise and the subject or subjects they could contribute to, including:

  • Long-term preservation of digitised content
  • Digital capture, image processing and enhancement
  • Digital edition, publication and access
  • Quality assurance
  • Life-cycle of digitised content and management procedures
  • Data and metadata standards
  • Rights management

Description of the workshop

An expert in the creation of MOOCs will present a success story in the implementation of online training courses and will describe the key ingredients for a wide impact course:

  • Technology and learning platform.
  • Content preparation and pedagogical approach.
  • Management of the course.

Plenary sessions will elaborate on the application of these ideas to the particular case of digitisation and digital preservation. The preliminary schedule for the sessions is the following:

  1. General plan (target public, needs addressed, value proposition, unique features, managerial structure, impact measures, dissemination & communication channels).
  2. Title, objectives, and competences covered.
  3. Evaluation procedures (for competences).
  4. Syllabus (contents and structure).

As a result, the participants will create a blueprint for the online training course, including a pilot lesson to be produced within 3-4 weeks after the workshop.

Organisation committee

  • Rafael C. Carrasco, IMPACT Centre of Competence, Scientific Director.
  • Ed Fay, Open Preservation Foundation, Executive Director.
  • Katrien Depuydt, Institute for Dutch Lexicology, Head of the Language Database Department.
  • Tomasz Parkoła, Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Centre, Team Leader in the Digital Libraries and Knowledge Platforms Department.
  • Clemens Neudecker, Berlin State Library, Europeana Newspapers Project Coordinator.
  • Pedro Perní­as, Universidad de Alicante, Director of UniMOOC


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