Online registration is now closed. More information about onsite registration to come


Date and Time

The course starts on the morning of Thursday the 29th November and finishes late afternoon on the 30th (2 full days).

Venue and Training Rooms

The training will be at the conference centre where the ICA conference is being held.

Course Content

The goal of the course is to enable participants to understand the main challenges of digital record-keeping, to identify the characteristics of digital records and to begin to manage digital records appropriately in a cost-effective way.
The course will provide participants with:

  • An over view of digital culture and the information society
  • An understanding of digital records authenticity and reliability
  • Skills to identify and measure digital record assets and how to manage them (“what you’ve got and what to do with it”)
  • Tactics for specifying, identifying and managing metadata
  • Low cost preservation strategies for institutions with limited resources

The courses are based on the Africa Programme Digital Record-keeping curriculum development training courses developed under James Lowry’s leadership.


The training is intended for practitioners, archivists and records managers who need to learn how to manage digital records. The course does not cover the basics of records and archives management so participants will be expected to have a baseline knowledge and experience of the main professionals principles and concepts.

Prospective participants will be required to fulfil the following criteria:

  • Be ICA members (category C or D), designated by a category B member (one per association) or work for a Category A member

If you are not yet a member of ICA, join the association and take advantage of the ICA member rate

  • Be a citizen of an African country working in Africa
  • Provide evidence either of a qualification in archives or records management (copy of diploma or degree certificate) or of having a grasp of the basic principles and practices of archives and records management through working for an archival institution for at least two years (letter from employer)

Candidates providing adequate evidence and a completed application form in either French or English will be accepted onto the course on a first-come-first-serve basis.
Some places will be reserved for Cameroonian participants.

Application Process

The training team will review the applications to ensure that the applicants meet the criteria. For each language group there will be two classes, allowing for a list of up to 80 French-speaking and 80 English-speaking participants with a waiting list of 10 participants in order of application receipt.
Unsuccessful applicants will be notified with an explanation of how their application failed to meet the criteria. Once all the places and waiting places have been filled, applicants will be informed that they were too late in applying.





Each class will be limited to 40 participants.


The course will be taught in separate classes, up to two in French and up to two in English with some bi-lingual sessions. There will be no professional interpretation due to the specialisation of the subject area and the associated costs. Any course sessions provided for the whole group will be translated in advance and provided on paper or delivered consecutively in the second language.


French class: Basma Maklouf, Alain Dubois, [Céline Turner] and Celine Fernandez
English class: James Lowry, [Kari Smith] and Margaret Crockett


Participants must bring their own laptop with them and be ready to download software needed to participate in the exercises.


Participants who attend both days will be provided with a certificate of completion.

Participant Funding

The training will cost €50 per participant selected to attend. Successful applicants will be notified within 5 working days. They will be issued with an invoice and expected to pay the invoice via bank transfer within 10 working days or by the 16th November 2018 at the latest. The trainers are unable to take cash payments and participants who have not paid by the 16th November will forfeit their place to the next candidate on the waiting list.

Participants are expected to ask their employers to fund their travel to and accommodation for attendance at the training.

Online registration is now closed. More information about onsite registration to come