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 Registration is open at for the second SCAPE Project training event which takes place on 16-17 September 2013 at The British Library Conference Centre, London. 

Date and venue

Monday 16 September at 09:15 - 17:00 and Tuesday 17 September 09:00 - 17:00 
The British Library Conference Centre
96 Euston Rd,

The British Library is the national library of the United Kingdom and one of the world's greatest research libraries. It provides world class information services to the academic, business, research and scientific communities and offers unparalleled access to the world's largest and most comprehensive research collection. The Library's collection has developed over 250 years and exceeds 150 million separate items representing every age of written civilisation and includes books, journals, manuscripts, maps, stamps, music, patents, photographs, newspapers and sound recordings in all written and spoken languages. Up to 10 million people visit the British Library website - - every year where they can view up to 4 million digitised collection items and over 40 million pages.  

Photograph © The British Library Board


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 training event 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 for the training course.


The draft agenda is available here: SCAPE Future Formats First Agenda

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.


Registration is open at: The cost for the two days is £90.

Morning and afternoon coffee breaks and lunch will be provided and are included in the registration fee. 

*Please ensure you bring your laptop with you so you can participate in the practical exercises.* 

Registration will close on Friday 6 September. 

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.

Travel and accommodation information

For details of how to get to The British Library, see How to get to the Library 

If you are travelling from outside of the UK, please visit for information about getting to the British Library from airports and the Eurostar.

There are many hotels within walking distance of the venue. We have listed some suggestions below:

Name Star rating Price Notes
Ibis Euston 2* from £104 per night 5 minute walk
Travelodge Euston / Kings Cross 2* from £54 per night 5 minute walk
Imperial Hotels 3* from £78 per night 5-10 minute walk
Premier Inn London Kings Cross/Euston 3* from £79 per night 5 minute walk
Ambassadors Bloomsbury
4* from £100 per night 5 minute walk. The hotel is offering the following rates
when booking directly and mentioning 'SCAPE' -
Sunday 15th Sept. 2013 - £100 BB inc VAT, per room
Monday 16th Sept. 2013 - £155 BB inc VAT, per room
Megaro hotel 4* from £140 per night 5 minute walk

Event dinner and tour

The event dinner will be held at 19:30 on Monday 16 September at The Betjeman Arms, which is located in St. Pancras station, just a few minutes walk from the British Library conference centre. You can sign up for the dinner when you register for the event.

We are also arranging a tour of the British Library. Please indicate if you are interested in a place on the tour when you register.

Further information

If you have any questions about the event please email us: lynne dot chivers at bl dot uk or rebecca at openplanetsfoundation dot org. Please mention 'SCAPE Training' in the subject line to ensure a prompt reply. 

For more information about the SCAPE project, please visit the website:

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