Digital sustainability is all about keeping our digital memory accessible: archives, libraries, media and audiovisual productions, art, culture and science. Digital sustainability needs the right people to have the right knowledge and skills, now, and in the future. Have we already reached that point? Does the available knowledge already sufficiently meet the demand? And what is that demand, exactly?
The amount of data is increasing, as is the number of forms this information comes in. Information can no longer be seen as individual fragments; it increasingly consists of interconnecting information objects which are regarded, by the users, as a single entity. This changes the issues around information, such as security and privacy, and requires a new way of thinking – from the user, the network, and the technology.
The heritage professional needs new knowledge and another way of working to be able to anticipate these things. S/he has to learn to adjust to constant change, to experiment, to move through networks, and to share knowledge. This means that heritage institutions need to become learning organisations and heritage professionals need to move within them. Are we, as a heritage institution, heritage professionals and educators, prepared for this?
With this mini conference, Het Nieuwe Instituut, Netwerk Digitaal Erfgoed, BRAIN, KVAN and Kennisplatform professionalisering are trying to answer this question and to identify the steps that need to be taken over the next few years to ensure we are better prepared. This gathering is open to anyone who is interested in the transferral of knowledge; in professionalisation and knowledge demands; and anyone working at heritage institutions, knowledge and education institutions, and branch and occupational organisations.
Knowledge demand, knowledge availability, discussion
The programme will first examine more thoroughly the demand for and availability of knowledge. What do employees in heritage and research institutions need? What is currently available in the way of courses and training in digital sustainability and does it meet the need? We will look to other domains to see how this is organised elsewhere and then discuss with each other what would be best and what, as a knowledge party, we should set to work on in the near future.
Learning to preserve
The programme will conclude with the official launch of the new course ‘Learning to preserve’. Het Nieuwe Instituut led the development of this course with the Netwerk Digitaal Erfgoed and the Nationale Coalitie Digitale Duurzaamheid. ‘Learning to preserve’ aims to provide heritage professionals with the basic knowledge and skills they need to store, manage and make accessible digital heritage. The course will begin in October and a self-study version will also be available. There will be a drinks party after the launch.
More information about the course and mini-congress is available from Marcel Ras, programme manager NCDD/NDE.
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