1 March 2017 | 14:00 Online webinar

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Digital preservation is a topic that has been extensively explored over the last thirty years in the fields of archival and information studies. However, relatively little literature has touched on the topic of Trusted Digital Repositories (TDRs). A TDR is '[A]n archive, consisting of an organization of people and systems that has accepted the responsibility to preserve information and make it available for a Designated Community.’1 Standards governing TDRs, namely the Open Archival Information System (OAIS) and Repository Audit and Certification (RAC), have been designed and tested by developed nations with minimal reference to the developing world.

In her last webinar Anthea Seles talked to us about OAIS: its limitations and (how) can they be fixed. In this update, Anthea will talk us through the standards development process, identifying underlying socio-economic, cultural, infrastructural, educational and other presumptions that may exist in the documented standards and examines whether these biases impact on the applicability and transferability of standards to Eastern Africa.

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