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Digital Curator Vocational Education Europe
Start date: Jan 1, 2011,

This is a proposal to establish a multilateral network under the Leonardo da Vinci programme to support and extend vocational training for digital curators in the library, archives, museums and cultural activities sector. It addresses the availability of training for staff to develop new skills needed for long-term management of digital collections being built up by cultural institutions as a result of the i2010 strategy and the information society. New jobs are emerging for digital curators across Europe and internationally, but evidence shows employers face recruitment difficulties due to skills shortages and also increased demand from staff for vocational training in the field. DigCurV brings together 6 organisations from 5 countries each with a strong track record of international working in the field of digital libraries and digital preservation. It will use the 30 months of the project to identify, analyse and profile existing training opportunities and methodologies, survey training needs in the sector identifying the key skills and competences required of digital curators. It will establish a curriculum framework from which training programmes can be developed; the curriculum will be tested and evaluated by stakeholders before publication in at least the four languages of the project. The partners will disseminate the results and activities widely and expand the network. A final conference for policy and decision makers is planned to raise awareness of the curriculum and promote its exploitation. DigCurV expects to reach 100-120 European centres of competence in digital curation, more than 1000 individuals from educational and cultural institutions and 150 policy makers. The longer term impact will be establishing an international curriculum for vocational training in digital curation and a framework for continuing professional development and mobility for staff in the 58,000 cultural institutions collecting digital archives in Europe.
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