Added on 17 October 2017

The Digital Preservation Coalition is delighted to open registration for the first ‘Advocating for Digital Preservation’ training event, to be held at the Worshipful Company of Information Technologist’s Hall in London on Monday 4th December.

Members and non-members are invited to attend this day-long training session with Communications professional and MD of DHR Communications, Catherine Heaney. With over 20 years’ experience in the fields of media relations, politics, public affairs and management, Catherine has an excellent understanding of the heritage and culture space in Ireland. She has provided communications training to senior politicians, business leaders and heads of institutions, as well as internal communications and advocacy training to members of the Archives and Records Association. Catherine is also chairperson of the National Museum of Ireland and until 2014, served on the board of the Heritage Council.

“Because technology, staff and the digital preservation challenge all continue to change on a daily basis, communication and advocacy has to be an ongoing rather than a one-off activity,” explains Head of Communications and Advocacy for the DPC, Sarah Middleton, “In an institutional setting this might seem an enormous task, but there are ways to gain small victories which all add up to a successful advocacy campaign.”

This one-day training workshop will help provide attendees with skills and ideas for identifying stakeholders and champions required to affect change, ways to showcase digital preservation as an indispensable service for their organisation and resources to help support their organisational advocacy activities.

Registration is free for members of the DPC and £50 for non-members. There is a limit of 3 places per member (incl. consortia and membership organisations) and these will be available on a 'first come, first served' basis. Additional registrations will be accepted but will be placed on the wait list until registration closes a week before the event, at which time they will be distributed equally amongst members. To check if your organisation qualifies for free attendance, please check the DPC Member List. If you have any questions about registration please contact Sarah Middleton (sarah.middleton[at]

The workshops usually fill up quickly, so early registration is recommended. DPC members can claim their free place by entering the discount code DPCMEMBER. Cancellations will be accepted until one week before the event, a 'no show' fee of £50 will be charged for those who cancel after this time.


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