Welcome to the Digital Preservation Training Programme

Here you will find the online version of the award-winning DPTP Beginner Course. As of 2017, this Course is offered as 14 separate modules, which can be purchased in any combination to build your own learning experience. You can also purchase all 14 modules in a single action.

We also offer free content, which currently comprises an introduction to the OAIS Reference Model.

In the future, our face-to-face courses will be accessible through this site, and you can purchase your places from here. We will also be offering free and paid-for resources through this site, such as white papers, reading lists, and one-sheet learning aids.

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The Online DPTP was created by Ed Pinsent of the University of London / CoSector Digital Preservation team, building on materials originally created for the face-to-face DPTP Course by Kevin Ashley, William Kilbride, Patricia Sleeman, Ed Pinsent, Jen Mitcham, Simon Tanner, Maggie Jones, Andrew Wilson, and others.

OAIS illustrations were created by Studio CO2.
Other illustrations from The Noun Project.


Quality-assurance for course content: Ríoghnach Ahern of Wellcome Trust, Karen Sayers of University of Leeds, and Steph Taylor of University of London / CoSector Digital Preservation team. The OAIS Reference Model was devised by the Consultative Committee for Space Data Systems.

The DPTP is a modular training programme, built around themed sessions that have been developed to assist you in designing and implementing an approach to digital preservation that will work for your institution.

The course content is aimed at multiple levels of students: people from technical and archival professions come together, to learn the same standards and methods for digital preservation. The overall aim of the course is critical thinking, assessing ways of acting and planning at an organisational level.

Through a wide range of modules, the DPTP examines the need for policies, planning, strategies, standards and procedures in digital preservation, and teaches some of the most up-to-date methods, tools and concepts in the area. It covers these topics via a mixture of lectures, discussions, practical tasks and exercises, and a class project. The course does not, however, offer hands-on training with any of these tools.