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SCAPE Project Training: Future Formats First

SCAPE Project

Monday, 16 September 2013 at 09:00 - Tuesday, 17 September 2013 at 17:00 (BST)

SCAPE Project Training: Future Formats First

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Registration Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
SCAPE Project Training Course
16-17 September 2013. Includes lunch and refreshments.
Ended £90.00 £0.00
Event dinner - three courses
Monday 16 September at 19:30 at The Betjeman Arms, includes three course meal and half a bottle of wine or two beers or soft drinks
Ended £45.00 £0.00
Event dinner - two courses
Monday 16 September at 19:30 at The Betjeman Arms, includes starter or dessert and a main course, plus half a bottle of wine or two beers or soft drinks
Ended £38.00 £0.00

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Event Details

Future Formats First: Building Application Infrastructures for Action Services

This workshop is the second event in the SCAPE project training programme. It will focus on using tools and workflows to carry out digital preservation actions at scale.

It will begin with an introduction to scalability and will present techniques to use a scalable platform with common preservation tools.

By building on a real use case from the British Library, delegates will gain hands on experience in migrating a large volume of image files to the JPEG 2000 format, verifying each migration against the original file using tools including ImageMagik, jpylyzer and Matchbox.

Delegates will learn about building workflows to invoke multiple operations, and how to share and discover other workflows. By building a scalable environment using Hadoop and Taverna, delegates will then be able to execute their workflow at scale, performing multiple simultaneous migrations and verifications.

Learning Outcomes (by the end of the session the attendees will be able to):

  1. Understand scalable platforms and evaluate the situations in which such environments are required. 
  2. Apply knowledge of existing tools to solve migration and quality control problems. 
  3. Combine and modify tool chains in order to create automated workflows for migration and quality control. 
  4. Implement best practice for discovering and sharing workflows for use and re-use. 
  5. Make use of a scalable environment and apply a number of workflows to automatically perform migration and quality assurance checks on a large number of objects.
  6. Identify a number of potential problems when working in a scalable environment and propose solutions.
  7. Understand the potential to use scalable platforms in digital preservation and synthesise new opportunities within your own environments.
Delegates will receive a certificate of attendance.


The draft agenda can be seen at:

The event will be conducted in English.

Who should attend?

Practitioners (digital librarians and archivists, digital curators, repository managers, or anyone responsible for managing digital collections) with an interest in building digital preservation workflows using a variety of preservation tools, and then executing them at scale. To get the most out of this training course you will ideally have some knowledge or experience of digital preservation.

Developers who are interested in learning about digital preservation at scale.

How to prepare

The event will be very hands-on and will include a number of demonstrations and practical exercises. Please bring a laptop to fully participate in the event.

Laptops should be capable of running a Linux virtual machine instance using Virtual Box ( You can prepare for the event by pre-installing Virtual Box on your machine, but we will also be providing memory sticks and will be on hand to help you to install Virtual Box during the workshop. We would advise that laptops have at minimum a Dual-Core CPU with 4GB RAM.

Further information

You can find further information about how to get to the event and where to stay on the event wiki page:

For more information about the SCAPE Project visit:



Terms and conditions
Full payment must be received one week before the event (by 9 September 2013).

There will be a £50.00 no show/cancellation fee for the training workshop, and a £10.00 no show/cancellation fee for the dinner if you do not notify us that you cannot attend within one full week of the event start date (by 9 September). The full cost of pre-ordered food at the dinner will be non-refundable if you cancel after Thursday 12 September.

The event dinner includes half a bottle of wine, or two beers, or soft drinks per person with their meal. Water will be provided. Additional alcohol can be purchased from the restaurant directly.

Do you have questions about SCAPE Project Training: Future Formats First? Contact SCAPE Project

When & Where

The British Library
96 Euston Rd
NW1 2DB London
United Kingdom

Monday, 16 September 2013 at 09:00 - Tuesday, 17 September 2013 at 17:00 (BST)

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SCAPE Project

The SCAPE Consortium brings together a broad spectrum of expertise from memory institutions, data centres, research labs, universities, and industrial firms. Sixteen European institutions are cooperating to develop
solutions for the long-term digital preservation of large-scale and heterogeneous collections of digital-objects. Their aim is to develop scalable services for efficient and automated preservation planning and the execution of preservation actions of large (multi-Terabyte) and complex data sets.

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