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thorough grounding in the basic skills nec-
essary to undertake archives and records
management jobs, regardless of the medi-
um. Modules include Archival Theory;
Description, Cataloguing & Navigation;
Archives, Records & Information
Management; Records & Evidence;
Records and the Transition to the Digital;
Document Encoding; 2D Digitisation, and
Management, Curation & Preservation of
Digital Materials. All modules are available
individually, and may be useful to archivists
and records managers for continuing pro-
fessional development purposes. The course
may also be taken part-time over two years.
For further details, see: http://www.hatii.arts.
ith increasing numbers of digital
documents and datasets being gen-
erated by researchers, heritage profession-
als, and scientists, and a growing emphasis
being placed on digital content, curat-
ing these examples of society's heritage is
becoming a more and more demanding task.
Digital documents are vulnerable to the rap-
idly changing market, where technology can
become obsolete, as well as the inherent fra-
gility of digital media. To address these issues,
a Digital Curation Centre is to be set up in
the UK to support institutions in the storage,
management and preservation of digital data.
he Digital Curation Centre (http:// is jointly managed b
the Joint Information Systems Committee
( and the e-Science
Core Programme (
escience/). The DCC is made up of a con-
sortium comprising the University of
Glasgow's Humanities Advanced Technology
and Information Institute (HATII) and its
Information Services (http://www.hatii., the University of Edinburgh
(, UKOLN at
the University of Bath (http://www.ukoln. and the Council for the Central
Laboratory of the Research Councils
( Digital curation
refers to data archiving and preservation, but
also includes a wider spectrum of issues such
as the life cycle of the digital document and
its management.
The DCC's aims can be summarised as:
To support practice and expertise in
digital data curation and preservation
To establish a vibrant research programme
To ensure continuing access to data of
scholarly interest
To promote collaboration between
universities and the Research Councils
and other organisations or individuals
within the community of practice.
To develop evaluation services for tools,
methods and standards, and address future
issues such as e-learning and scholarly
he DCC is not a digital repository, but
a means to unify themes to aid research
and build a platform for collaboration.
unding began in March this year (2004)
and the formal launch of the Digital
Curation Centre will take place in October.
Immediate deliverables include a Web por-
tal, an e-journal, an advisory service (the
Helpdesk is already open and can be con-
tacted on, and
outreach programmes.
ore information and latest news can
be found on the Digital Curation
Centre Web site at