DigCCurr Professional Institute: Curation Practices for the Digital Object Lifecycle

About the Institute
  • Join other digital curation practitioners in a week-long intensive institute taught by international digital curation experts
  • Learn about the digital object lifecycle and practical tools for managing your digital collection over time
  • Engage in collaborative discussions with classmates and instructors
  • Reconvene in January to report on and share strategies for the application of the Institute's lessons, tools, and content.

This professional institute consists of one five-day session July 17-22, 2016 and a two-day follow-up session March 14-15, 2017. Each day of the summer session will include lectures, discussion, and hands-on "lab" components. A course pack and a private, online discussion space will be provided to supplement learning and application of the material. An opening reception dinner on Sunday, Continental breakfast, break time snacks and coffee, and a dinner will also be included. This institute is designed to foster skills, knowledge, and community-building among professionals responsible for the curation of digital materials. Participants in the July event will return to Chapel Hill in March 2017 to discuss their experiences in implementing what they have learned in their own work environments. Participants will compare experiences, lessons learned, and strategies for continuing progress. (Accommodations for March will be the responsibility of the attendee.)

Institute Components (may be subject to some revisions and reorganization):

  • Overview of digital curation definition, scope and main functions
  • Where you see yourself in the digital curation landscape
  • Digital curation program development
  • Digital curation stakeholders and digital curation awareness
  • Case study on developing a digital repository
  • Procedural accountability - policies, submission agreements, rules
  • LAB - Transforming policy statements into rules
  • Overview of digital preservation challenges and opportunities
  • Roles and responsibilities for curation
  • LAB - Matching skills and roles
  • Characterization of digital objects
  • Overview and characterization of existing tools: placing the tools in a larger industry context
  • File formats
  • LAB - File format robustness
  • Managing in response to technological change
  • Digital forensics
  • LAB - Media and content
  • Ethical issues
  • Workflows, humans and tools
  • LAB - Workflows
  • Evaluating curaiton programs - requirements and assessment
  • LAB - Evaluating curation programs: TRAC review
  • User access
  • Economics of digital curation: costs and resource commitments
  • LAB - Economics of digital curation
  • Infrastructure and investment
  • Web archiving
  • Formulating your six-month action plan - task for each individual, with instructors available to provide guidance
  • Summary of action plans
  • Clarifying roles and expectations for the next six months

    The agenda for the 2016 Institute is under development but will be very similar to the May 2015 agenda. Please note the opening events on Sunday, July 17 will begin at 6:00 p.m.


    Participants are responsible for their own lodging. A DigCCurr 2016-17 room block has been reserved at the Hampton Inn and Suites Chapel Hill-Carrboro/Downtown $119/night (group code DIG). You may reserve your hotel room by calling the hotel at 919-969-6988 or by clicking on this link: http://hamptoninn.hilton.com/en/hp/groups/personalized/R/RDUCOHX-DIG-20160716/index.jhtml

    Please refer to the institute's accommodations page for further details.


  • Regular registration: $1,150
  • Late registration (after June 15, 2016): $1,300
  • *If you are a grant recipient working on a digital project, we recommend that you check with your program officer to request approval to use available grant funds to attend the institute.

Institute Instructors
  • Drs. Helen Tibbo and Cal Lee, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
  • Dr. Carolyn Hank, from the University of Tennessee.
  • Dr. Nancy McGovern, from Massachusetts Institute of Technology .
  • Lori Richards, from Drexel University.
For more information on the instructors, see the institute's biography page.

For more information, e-mail Dr. Helen Tibbo at [tibbo (at) email (dot)unc (dot) edu] or Dr. Cal Lee at [callee (at) email (dot) unc (dot) edu].

The Digital Professional Institute was initiated as part of the DigCCurr II project, supported by the Institute for Museum and Library Services (Grant Award #RE-05-08-0060-08).


Dr. Helen R. Tibbo
Dr. Christopher (Cal) Lee