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ARA Ireland Training event and AGM Presentations on Digital Preservation  and ARA’s updated Professional Development Programme
Mar 21

ARA Ireland Training event and AGM Presentations on...


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  • Training event and AGM

    Presentations on Digital Preservation and ARA’s updated Professional Development Programme 

    To be followed by the ARA,I Annual General Meeting at 5pm 

    Lecture/conference room, Dublin City Library and Archive, Pearse Street, Dublin 2

    Thursday, 21 March 2019, 1.45pm

    The Archives and Records Association, Ireland (ARA,I) is pleased to announce a half-day training event featuring two presentations on digital preservation from Kieran O’Leary, Data and Digital Systems Manager at the IFI Irish Film Archive and Anja Mahler, Digital Archivist, Atlantic Philanthropy Archive Project at the DRI (Digital Repository of Ireland), plus a presentation from Chris Sheridan, Head of Professional Standards and Development at ARA, on the updated Professional Development Programme.

    Presentations are expected to last 30 minutes each, with 10-15 minutes for questions after each speaker. ARA, Ireland’s AGM will follow at 5pm.

    Registration is now open at:

    ARA,I members may attend at no charge. Please contact with any questions you might have.

    Programme for the day:

    1.45 - 2.15pm Registration & refreshments (tea and coffee)

    2.15 - 3.00pm Using and developing open source tools in the Irish Film Institute, Kieran O’Leary, IFI Irish Film Archive

    3.00 - 3.45pm The Atlantic Philanthropies Archive Project: A Journey From Corporate To Collective Memory, Anja Mahler, Digital Repository of Ireland

    3.45 – 4.30pm ARA Professional Development, Chris Sheridan, ARA

    In this session delegates will learn how to use the ARA’s competency framework, how to qualify as a Foundation, Registered or Fellow member, and how CPD can help drive improvement and career development.

    4.30 – 5.00pm Refreshments (tea and coffee)

    5.00pm ARA, Ireland Annual General Meeting

    Speaker biographies

    Anja Mahler is the digital archivist at the Digital Repository of Ireland for The Atlantic Philanthropy Archive project. Her focus is on developing guidelines, collection structures, ingest schedules and metadata policies for the project, as well as for the hands-on creation of metadata and ingestion of digital objects into the DRI.

    Anja has a background in cultural heritage with an in-depth understanding of the history, conservation, preservation, restoration and access of audio visual formats. She is an advocate for best practice in collections management, specifically collection development, care and documentation. She is professionally educated in Metadata Standards and Information Taxonomies and has practical experience with the standards Dublin Core, PB Core, EN15907 and PREMIS. Alongside her work in cultural heritage she is an active member of the visual arts in Ireland where she has developed a successful practice, independently and collaboratively, in the field of time-based media art.

    Kieran O’Leary is the Data and Digital Systems manager in the IFI Irish Film Institute. His work focuses on developing ingest, quality control, metadata and digitisation workflows for digital audiovisual objects. As part of this responsibility, he is the primary creator and maintainer of the Python project, ‘IFIscripts’ (recent winner of The National Archives Award for Safeguarding the Digital Legacy at the DPC Digital Preservation Awards), which are custom-written open source tools that facilitate much of the archival package creation and general digital preservation activities within the Irish Film Institute.

    He also teaches the Digital Curation Tools MA module in University College Dublin, and has been involved in various freelance consultancy projects, the most recent being a metadata transformation and ingest tool for the California Revealed Project via UC Berkeley.

    Chris Sheridan is Head of Professional Knowledge and Development with the ARA. He joined ARA as the new CPD programme manager in June 2017.

    He has 20 years’ experience within the membership and professional institutions sector. He joined the British Urban Regeneration Association in 1997 as its Membership Manager, before moving to the Royal Town Planning Institute in 2001. Following a number of different roles that focussed on developing member and educational services, he moved to the Landscape Institute in 2013 as its Head of Education and Membership.

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  • Category
    ARA Regional Meeting
  • Date & Time
    Mar 21 2019 at 01:30 PM - Mar 21 2019 at 05:00 PM
  • Location & full address
    Dublin City Library and Archive, Pearse Street, Dublin 2
  • Event Admins
    Lorraine Logan