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A meeting where educators, trainers, practitioners and students come together to share knowledge about the best methods and the most effective resources for teaching and training people how to do digital curation.

International Curation Education (ICE) Forum

EventWhen Wednesday 29 June 2011
Where University College London, The Roberts Building, Torrington Place, London, WC1E 7JE


The aim of this event will be to provide an international meeting place for educators, trainers, students and practitioners of digital curation to: discuss, evaluate, swap knowledge, and potentially improve practice around:

  • effective curricula and course design
  • production of advice and guidance materials (beginner, intermediate and expert)
  • creation and use of textbooks and scholarly material

The principal focus of the day will be on enabling all participants to swap knowledge and learn as much as possible about the latest developments in digital curation teaching and training. Presentations will be combined with semi-structured networking, lightning talks and feedback sessions to maximise opportunities for examining a wide range of approaches.

Register for this event

This is not a free event (see below) but the delegate charges are relatively low and are meant to offset costs rather than cover them.

A list of hotels near the venue

About the event

There is a diversity of approaches to the teaching and training of digital curation. Higher education institutions include a variety of different emphases within the modules and courses they offer and likewise with professional development courses. For the purposes of this event, ’curation’ should be understood to include all digital preservation and information lifecycle management topics, and all forms of digital information, e.g. scholarly and administrative information, learning materials, research and other forms of data, audio-visual materials, web information, etc. The filter for participation is having an interest in teaching and training issues around the broad domain of curation.

That interest should not, however, just be confined to those who are actively engaged with the design and delivery of curriculum and courses in related fields. It is of critical importance for educators and trainers to be able to discuss the content and methodology of their courses with practitioners, students and others who have an interest in managing digital assets. These people might include: research support officers; librarians; archivists; records managers; researchers; learning technologists; IT systems and support officers; web managers; indeed anyone (trainer or trainee) who has an interest in enhancing the effectiveness of curation education.

The detailed objectives of this event are to provide a forum to help all participants to understand: what forms of curation education are needed; what approaches are currently being used world-wide; and how to help ensure that the current and future workforce has the appropriate skills to effectively manage digital information.


The event is being subsidised and led by JISC in association with: the Digital Curation Centre (DCC); the Institute of Library and Museum Services (IMLS); the School of Library and Information Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; and the Department of Information Studies, University College London. The Forum will be an ideal opportunity for a number of different groups to congregate including: academics; curation training professionals; digital curators; repository managers; archivists; records managers; data managers; data librarians; publishers; commercial service providers; and students. It should be of interest to anyone who attended the DigCCurr conferences at UNC Chapel Hill (2007 & 2009) and will also build on the discussions of the IDEA (International Digital Curation Education Action) Group. The programme will be put together in association with an international advisory group.

Final programme



Registration (refreshments available)


Welcome & Introduction - Neil Grindley (JISC)


Curation Education: what has been achieved so far - Helen Tibbo (UNC Chapel Hill)


Why do we need people who can do digital Curation? - Michael Seadle (Humboldt University, Berlin)


Q&A and discussion




Perspectives on Curation Education Session

Chaired by Cal Lee (UNC Chapel Hill)

Records Management and Archives - Alan Bell (University of Dundee)

Repositories - Steve Hitchcock (University of Southampton)

Cultural Heritage Digital collections - Gordon McKenna (Europeana)

Research Data - Simon Hodson (JISC)


Panel Session and general discussion




The benefits of collaboration: delivering more effective teaching and training through cooperation - Joy Davidson (DCC)


DigCurv Project - emerging survey results - Kate Fernie


Instructions and directions for the 'ICE-a-FoN' - Neil Grindley (JISC)


ICE Forum Networking (the ‘ICE-a-FoN’)

All delegates to engage in a semi-structured networking session. 3 zones designated as 'curriculum', 'training' and 'resources' will feature posters and other relevant information. Delegates may wish to submit forms to win the ICE-a-FoN prize!


Quick summary of conversations overheard and opinions elicited during the ICE-a-FoN - Heather Bowden (UNC Chapel Hill)


What do you really care about if you care about digital curation? - Cal Lee (UNC Chapel Hill)


Lightning Talks plenary session – invited and spontaneous 3-5 minute presentations on topics of interest relating to curation teaching and training. (Delegates to sign up during the day)


Educating and Validating the Capabilities of Emerging Digital Management Professionals - Seamus Ross (University of Toronto)


ICE-a-FoN prize and closing remarks

Registration costs

  • Students £25
  • Public sector (university, gallery, museum, archive, etc.) £45
  • Commercial £65 (Sponsorship enquiries welcome)

The venue for the forum will be the UCL Roberts Building, a recent addition to the UCL Bloomsbury campus and home to the University’s engineering faculty The venue is in the heart of the Bloomsbury university precinct and is convenient for all the cultural and social attractions that Central London has to offer. Further information about accommodation options will be made available here shortly.

Delegates might also be interested in an event which takes place at UCL on the two days following the ICE Forum. This is the 5th in an annual series of conferences on e-Publishing and e-Publications, known as the 'Bloomsbury Conference'. The theme this year is 'Social Media and the Academy: How Social Networking can Enable and Enhance Scholarly Communication'.