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    16b Digital preservation education: A collaborative approach in Australasia

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    Authors: Matthew Burgess, Gene Melzack, Rachel Tropea, Jaye Weatherburn
    Australasia Preserves ( is a digital preservation community of practice for the Australasian region established in 2018. The community of practitioners, managers, educators, students, and enthusiasts enables sharing of digital preservation knowledge and expertise with an active online forum, virtual meet-ups throughout the year, locally organised events, networking opportunities and working groups. Its strength comes from its grass-roots passion to share, with the identification of hands on education and training for digital preservation as a top priority from the beginning.  Australasia Preserves members collaborated to run a hands on ‘Digital Preservation Carpentry’ workshop at the 14th International Digital Curation Conference (IDCC19) in February 2019. The Working Group on Digital Preservation Education was subsequently established (, with two active subgroups focussed on further development and finalising the workshop, and developing a more formal educational framework for designing and delivering Australasian-focused digital preservation training. This paper reflects on the role of grass-roots communities of practice in digital preservation education in the Australasian region through examining the process, outcomes, and feedback for the development of the training. It also highlights the challenge of pivoting from face-to-face to virtual teaching due to COVID restrictions, and the benefits for attendees across a large geographic area.  The ethos of the community of practice meant that the guidelines, resources, and teaching materials developed by the Working Group shared the values of inclusivity, accessibility, equitability, and openness. Guidelines emphasise the need for digital preservation training to be culturally relevant, as well as openly and freely accessible. Training materials are being designed in modular form to ensure they can be easily reused, with feedback from IDCC19 and a second pilot workshop informing the completion of five modules focusing on pre-ingest and ingest tools and workflows.