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.
the University of Bath (http://www.ukoln.
ac.uk/) and the Council for the Central
Laboratory of the Research Councils
(http://www.cclrc.ac.uk/). 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
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
· 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 firstname.lastname@example.org), and
ore information and latest news can
be found on the Digital Curation