Digital Records Curation Programme (DRCP) - Study School for Archival Educators

Dates: 5 – 9 August (Gaborone, Botswana)

Participation is by invitation only.

The ICA Africa Programme is delighted to announce the first course of the Digital Records Curation Programme (DRCP)  - Study School for Archival Educators, which will be held in Gaborone, Botswana in early August. This initiative is part of the PCOM Strategic Plan 2018-2020 for delivering on capacity building, particularly around curriculum review, conservation and preservation training and training in digital records management and preservation.

The overall purpose of the study school is to introduce participants to new educational materials developed by the ICA Africa Programme to support the development of digital records curation knowledge in new generations of archivists and records managers. This material was developed after African members of the ICA called for more educational resources in this area.

The participants invited to this study school come from universities in different anglophone countries in Africa, including Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Kenya, Namibia, South Africa, Eswatini, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, and Zambia. The group will also have the participation of colleagues from Botswana, as well as James Lowry (Co-Director, Liverpool University Centre for Archive Studies and Secretary of the ICA Africa Programme) and Margaret Crockett (ICA’s Training Officer and an internationally experienced archival educator and trainer). 

The sessions have been designed to be a working meeting of colleagues, and it is expected that participants will learn from each other and share their teaching practices, to provide participants with new knowledge that they can use to develop or update their curricula in digital records curation.

The Study School will cover approaches to teaching different aspects of managing digital records: Digital culture and the information society; digital records – authenticity and reliability; ensuring students grasp the fundamentals of computing and understand the implications of technology for record-keeping; introduction to programming; digital and hybrid records management; file profiling; metadata management; email management; cloud computing; digital preservation; information security; among others.

This study school will be hosted by the Department of Library and Information Studies, Faculty of Humanities of the University of Botswana.

The next study school, which will be for colleagues in francophone countries, will be held in Dakar, Senegal in October 2019.