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DRAMBORA Auditors' Training: Prague 2008

DRAMBORA Auditors' Training: Prague 2008 DRAMBORA Training

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Course overview

Based on practical research and developed jointly by the DigitalPreservationEurope (DPE) and Digital Curation Centre (DCC), the Digital Repository Audit Method Based on Risk Assessment (DRAMBORA) provides a methodology for self-assessment of digital preservation repositories. The toolkit, now available as an interactive online audit tool (, has been evaluated and applied across a diverse range of organisations, such as national libraries, scientific data centres and archives. DPE is organising a series of training courses to train new DRAMBORA auditors. The first of these will be held in association with the Wepreserve training event in Prague, in October 2008.

Duration of the course

Five days, from Monday 13th (from 1pm) to Friday 17th October 2008 (until 12pm).

Number of participants

The maximum number of course participants is 10.

Benefits of attendance

This course will enable attendees to:

  • Comprehend the concept of risk with regards to digital preservation repositories
  • Recognise the need for evidence-based evaluation for building trust in digital repositories
  • Understand how the DRAMBORA toolkit can be used to help design and develop systems and workflows that can help build trusted digital repositories
  • Obtain skills needed to undertake a thorough assessment of digital repositories using DRAMBORA toolkit
  • Appreciate the range of staff and skill-sets required to implement and sustain a trusted digital repository
  • Obtain a working knowledge of the issues surrounding assessment, audit and certification of digital preservation repositories.

Course modules

Day 1: The landscape of digital preservation repositories assessment methods

Day 2: Key concepts in assessment of digital preservation repositories

Day 3: Introduction to the DRAMBORA method and toolkit

Day 4: Using DRAMBORA Interactive in practice: test audit and exam

Day 5: Feedback and practical tips for DRAMBORA auditors.

Target audience and requirements

This course is aimed for 10 practitioners actively involved in funding, supporting, developing, implementing, and/or managing digital preservation repositories and interested in the assessment of digital repositories. The course will also be of value to auditors and risk managers from archives, libraries and museums sector, as well as other institutions such as data archives, government departments, legal and commercial sectors.

For the individual test audit on day 4, participants are invited to bring along documentation on a digital preservation repository they are managing or of which have sound knowledge.


A mixture of lectures and practical activities will be offered with the main focus on hands-on group training. Online support and tutorials will be provided subsequent to the course.

The DRAMBORA auditors training course will be conducted as a small, hands-on group training since it requires a higher concentration of practical activities and thus benefits from a smaller number of participants.

The course will include:

  • Hands-on structured practical exercises working alongside the trainers;
  • Case-based learning how to use the DRAMBORA toolkit by applying specific scenarios.

Participants will be provided with access to online course materials relating to the topics that will be discussed both prior to and following the training event.

Full course programme

To follow shortly.


The course trainers will be DPE and DCC experts, who authored the DRAMBORA toolkit, have deep inside knowledge of other repository audit and certification tools and have experience in applying them in practice:

  • Hans Hofman, National Archives of Netherlands
  • Perla Innocenti, HATII at the University of Glasgow
  • Andrew McHugh, HATII at the University of Glasgow
  • Seamus Ross, HATII at the University of Glasgow
  • Raivo Ruusalepp, National Archives of Netherlands

Course fees

The course fee is 200 Euros for DPE members and associated members, and 250 Euros for all other participants. The fee covers the cost of coffee-breaks, lunches and course materials for each participant.

DPE aims to provide a series of courses which will develop the knowledge and skills of core communities, promote the importance of digital preservation and educate in the ways that the DPE methods and tools can help to resolve these issues. The programme does not aim to make a financial profit through following this responsibility. However, DPE recognises that to cover nominal costs and to ensure attendance from those registered for the event, a small charge for courses will be necessary.

To learn how to become a DPE associated member (no charge) please go to:

Please note that registration will not be guaranteed until after payment has been received.


Registration for this event has now closed.


The training will take place at the Novotneho lavka, the building of The Czech Association of Scientific and Technical Societies.


A list of hotels in Prague is available at The Penzion U lilie hotel has offered a special discounted rate from 70 Euros per night for participants of this event.

How to get there

Getting to Prague is relatively easy:

View travel information on the WePreserve website.

Further Information

The DRAMBORA Auditors Training Course is organized by Digital Preservation Europe.

If you have any further queries or require additional information, please contact either:

Perla Innocenti
Humanities Advanced Technology and Information Institute (HATII)
University of Glasgow
11 University Gardens
Glasgow G12 8QJ
Scotland, UK

Raivo Ruusalepp
4 Nationaal Archief
2595 LK, Den Haag


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