British Library Event Brings Discussion and Big Challenge

24th January 2008, by

Preservation, mandates, statistics and value all in the spotlight

The second 2008 RSP Professional Briefing day was another lively event bringing together repository managers, technical developers, commercial sector workers and representatives from funding agencies. It made for a potent and exceptional discursive mix of view points and a thrilling day for all in attendance.

"Excellent networking opportunity, very informative particularly with respect funding mandates and metrics."

Following Gareth Johnson's by now familiarly expert opening Bill Hubbard stepped to the fore to tackle the twin challenges of proving your repository's worth alongside the world of funder mandates. Bill's delivery was well received by the delegates, especially gratifying when it was understood that he was filling in for a fellow RSP team member who had been unable to traverse the flood soaked welsh landscape to be in attendance.

"Excellent event. Enjoyable, informative, great atmosphere and really good pace"

Following a tea break the speed networking activity was entered into by all in attendance. Such was their gusto and engagement that it proved quite a challenge for the organisers to ensure people moved between the groups at times. Such was the excitement and intensity with which they were networking that discussions continued apace over lunch.

"Good to see some familiar faces and some new ones and to compare what we are doing and what stages we are at"

In the afternoon a double-header from Southampton drew up at St Pancras, bringing everyone back to full steam. In first class Tim Brody expounded on interoperable repository statistics packages while Steve Hitchcock emerged from the buffet car to facilitate a challenging and informative preservation metadata workshop. The day was rounded of with a brief Q&A for all in attendance before they boarded their trains for real.

"A very interesting and informative day"

Spaces are still available at all the remaining RSP Professional Briefing events, book now to be sure of a place.

Slides from this event are now available.


For further information contact RSP.

Alternatively, email RSP Support or phone 0845 257 6860.