DPTP free OAIS Course 2017

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The OAIS Model: an introduction for beginners


Our free online course is a short Beginners Guide to the OAIS reference model. It is available free of charge to anyone who is interested in learning more about the Open Archival Information System model and its possible uses in digital preservation.

The aim of the course is to give students a basic 'getting started' level guide to the OAIS reference model.

The course covers the basics:

  • What is the OAIS reference model?
  • What is its value for understanding digital preservation?
  • What are the 6 Core Functions proposed by OAIS?
  • What are the OAIS Functional Entities?
  • What are Information Packages, and how are they used in the model?
  • What is the purpose of Actors within the model?

Students can discuss the OAIS reference model and related areas with each other on the Course forums.

There is a reading list of downloadable PDFs and other links.

We estimate the OAIS online course will take between 1-3 hours to complete. 

Cost: free!