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Tuesday, 14 February 2012 11:30
The Digital Preservation Coalition’s Leadership Programme has awarded five scholarships so that members can send staff to the Digital Futures Academy in London in March. The long list of applicants was examined by a small review committee, and candidates were selected against three criteria – the role that the course would have in their career development, the benefits that accrue to a DPC member from attendance, and the extent to which digital preservation was part of their organisational role.
The selected candidates are:
- Matthew Herring, University of York
- Huw Jones, Cambridge University
- Louise Lawson, Tate
- Catherine Ryan, National Library of Ireland
- Ian Savage, English Heritage
‘We’ve previously given grants to other training courses before, but this is the first time we’ve sponsored members to attend Digital Futures’, explained William Kilbride, Executive Director of the DPC. ‘One of our main functions is to ensure that the workforce has the skills needed to manage digital collections for the long term – a goal which is best achieved by supporting a diverse mix of expert training. We’re delighted to be working with Simon Tanner and his colleagues in the Digital Futures Academy and we are confident that the course will have a significant benefit to the recipients and their employers.’
Led by experts of international renown, the Digital Futures Academy focuses on the creation, delivery and preservation of digital resources from cultural and memory institutions. The five day course is aimed at managers and other practitioners from the library, museum, heritage and cultural sectors looking to understand the strategic and management issues of developing digital resources from digitization to delivery. The Digital Futures Academy is operated and organised by the King’s College London.
Simon Tanner, course organiser welcomed the five DPC candidates. ‘I’m delighted the DPC Leadership Programme has supported the Digital Futures Academy in this way and I was very impressed by the quality of applications received. The Academy enables participants to develop their own professional networks outside their own organisations, the sorts of relationships which strengthens the Coalition as well as its members.’