You work in a busy government agency. You’ve just been made aware that a CD-R burned a few years ago, containing vital records, can't be read. You know that your agency makes heavy use of CDs to archive information. Alarm bells start to ring.
What do you do next?
Your agency also manages a variety of ageing databases. One cold Monday morning, the IT manager drops by to tell you that she thinks it's time to migrate the databases to a common platform. She would like your help.
What do you do next?
Archives New Zealand has developed a new one-day training course which will help attendees to work through these and similar scenarios, with the aim of exploring and raising awareness of the general topic of 'digital continuity'.
The course will:
• help you to understand the key digital continuity issues
• help you to identify specific digital continuity risks and mitigations
• give you a chance to work through case studies inspired by real-life examples of the digital continuity challenges facing agencies
• give you a chance to carry out a Digital Continuity Health Check on your own organisation using indicators developed and explained during the day
• provide you with a starting point for developing or contributing to the development of a targeted Digital Continuity Action Plan for your agency
• tell you about other resources available to help you manage digital continuity
The course is not designed to teach digital preservation techniques, such as how to access an obsolete file format or migrate information between file formats.
The course is a starting point for all staff in public offices and local authorities who have an interest in or responsibility for maintaining digital information over time, and would like to learn more about digital continuity.
3 September: Archives New Zealand Head Office, Wellington
16th October: Archives New Zealand Regional Office, Auckland
28th November: Archives New Zealand Head Office, Wellington
The course will be led by a trainer from Information Leadership Consulting.
Archives New Zealand staff will be available to answer questions at the end of the day.
Register for the course here