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Game On: Learning Digital Skills Through Collaborative Game Development

3h workshop for 20 in-person

Published onMay 22, 2024
Game On: Learning Digital Skills Through Collaborative Game Development

This workshop is aimed at those who are new to digital preservation (although all skill levels are welcome), and wish to gain more technical skills, particularly in relation to coding.

These skills are becoming increasingly important to digital preservation, with “Computer Programming” listed as one of the skill elements in the Digital Preservation Coalition’s (DPC) Competency Framework. For those new to these skills, it can be intimidating and difficult to know where to start. The popularity of the Bits and Bots and BitCurator/DPC Python study groups are evidence of this. The contributors to this workshop are drawn from the leadership of both programs, and have witnessed first-hand the strong desire for coding skills amongst practitioners. This workshop aims to be a first step in their coding journey.

Participants will collaborate in groups to create a game centered around the theme of digital preservation. In the process, they will learn basic coding skills and will finish with their own interactive text based game on a shareable website. Prompts, ideas, templates and sub themes will be pro- vided to help participants create their game. This will also have the secondary benefits of allowing participants to consider digital preservation from a different perspective, and to gain a better understanding of how websites are built and work, knowledge that will help them make more informed preservation decisions about web content.

The collaborative nature of the tutorial on the conference’s first day presents an opportunity for participants to kick off iPRES 2024 in a fun and social way, connecting with colleagues world- wide. Sharing experiences in digital preservation often proves to be the most valuable learning experience, and this tutorial is designed to foster such knowledge exchange among participants.

By the end of the workshop, participants will have:

  • Fundamental coding skills

  • Basic knowledge of HTML and CSS

  • Awareness of how tools can be used to develop interactive web content

  • A game they can share and/or continue to develop (further building their skills)

  • Gained a new perspective/level of understanding of digital preservation

  • Made new connections with fellow practitioners

Intended audience

Everyone is welcome to join, but the tutorial is primarily focused on newcomers in the field of digital preservation. These people will benefit the most, not only by learning HTML/CSS and other digital skills, but also by meeting some people directly on the first day of the conference.

Come prepared

We will start with a small presentation using PowerPoint. After that, the participants will be required to use their own devices.

The workshop will be extremely interactive. Participants will spend their time working and learning together in groups of 3 or 4 persons and will be creating their own game about a digital preservation subject.

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