An ongoing sub-theme of my Fellowship has been to look at where success in digital preservation has come by means of collaborative partnerships, and to investigate how communities of shared practice can be built up and best practice ideas exchanged.
The Best Practice Exchanges take place annually, and provide a forum for those working on digital information management initiatives in US State government to meet and discuss issues, challenges and potential solutions. All of the State Archives I’ve visited on my Fellowship have participated at one time or another. The Exchanges are hosted and organised by volunteer States on a cost recovery basis. The sessions are run more informally than a traditional conference, with a facilitator to encourage discussion in small groups.
Lots of ideas here for future training workshops in the UK?