The formal education offerings are segmented into Higher Education courses (HE), Continuing Professional Education courses (CPE) and HE/CPE curricula. Information about the contents of the offerings was analyzed and mapped to the APARSEN topic areas and associated sub-themes of Access, Trust, Sustainability, and Usability.
Higher Education: This category contents courses and modules in several digital information and Digital Preservation topics which are scheduled especially for graduates and Master students. The range of curricula includes Master programs for instance in the field of Records Management, Digital Preservation, Library or Information Science or other Master degrees in related disciplines. Aim of these degree courses is always a Master degree in the particular subject.
Continuing Professional Education: This category contents courses which provide the theoretical basis and the practical know-how for using Digital Preservation in the professional practice. The main target audiences are practitioners, managers and employees in the field of archiving or data preservation.
While the initial data for the analysis of the formal qualification offerings was gathered from September 2012 to June 2013 (cf. D42.1 reference) community contributions are continuously accommodated through the online suggestion form.
The survey analysis collected and documented 77 eligible offerings, 18 curricula, 40 academic courses and 19 continuing professional education offerings, like workshops, trainings, online tutorials or single courses.
For the statistical analysis of the survey data, 14 countries (Austria, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Israel, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Russian Federation, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom (Scotland included)), 10 languages (Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish) and three Target Groups (undergraduates, graduates, practitioners) were identified as a referential frame. The named countries and languages are forming the superset of countries and languages represented by the APARSEN consortium members.
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