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Arts West

North Wing, Level 2, Room 253

The University of Melbourne

Parkville, VIC 3010

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Coinciding with the week of the international VALA conference in Melbourne (, the University of Melbourne’s Digital Preservation Project, supported by the Library Digital Scholarship team, are pleased to host a learning and networking event for individuals undertaking or interested in digital preservation in the Australasian region. This event aims to share digital preservation expertise and knowledge, and explore opportunities for collaboration. The event is aimed at anyone with an interest in digital preservation (e.g. librarians, archivists, information managers, recordkeeping professionals, senior managers, technical staff, legal staff, etc.). There will be short lightning talks and an open session for discussion.


  • 10am Welcome, introductions
  • 10.25am Lightning talks
  • 11.25am Break for light brunch
  • 12pm Open session for questions and discussion: bring your thoughts!
    • How could an Australasian digital preservation community of practice work?
    • How can it be useful to you?
    • Are there opportunities for collaboration?
  • 12.50pm Wrap up
  • 1pm End

Lightning talks by:

  1. Jan Hutar, Digital Preservation Analyst at Archives New Zealand on what is driving Archives New Zealand doing digital preservation and work in digital transfers from government agencies
  2. Jessica Moran, Digital Collections Services Team Leader, Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand covering digital collecting and training of digital preservation skills across the NZ community
  3. Peter McKinney, Digital Preservation Policy Analyst, National Library of New Zealand, covering the digital preservation programme at the National Library of New Zealand and current main challenges
  4. Owen O’Neill, Program Manager, Digital Archive Program, Public Record Office Victoria (PROV), on current activities and plans at PROV
  5. Betsy Earl, Library Applications Analyst & Project Manager, State Library of Victoria, on keeping digital preservation front of mind while implementing a new system
  6. Michaela Hart, Senior Archivist, Department of Health & Human Services on building digital preservation into a large organisation
  7. Matthew Burgess, Digital Collections Analyst, State Library New South Wales on a use case for the Bagit standard
  8. Bernadette Houghton, Digitisation and Preservation Librarian, Deakin University covering progress to date in digitial preservation, and where to from here
  9. Carmel Carlsen, Team Leader Project Support Unit, UNSW Library, on developing a digital preservation policy through digitisation efforts