The digital curation “ecosystem” is large and complex. Made up of tools that perform small, discrete tasks, those that cover particular format groups or functional areas of models (such as OAIS), and even those that claim to be more or less comprehensive, this ecosystem is in a constant state of flux. Although there is great potential in common data formats, open standards, and APIs to facilitate systems integrations that support end-to-end digital archiving workflows, the myriad tools—and possible combinations of those tools—can make it difficult to know where to begin! In this course, you’ll explore options for suites of tools that can work together to steward digital archives and electronic manuscripts through the digital curation life cycle.
More importantly, our goal is to empower you to critically evaluate these options, successfully implement them at your institution, efficiently manage “handoffs” of data and metadata from one system to another, and plan for the future. Because more and more systems are designed to connect, we’ll also cover the basics of system integration with real-world examples of both proprietary and open-source software integrations. Hands-on components will include group discussions, use case and functional requirements development, and tool demos.
Note: Bringing a laptop to the course is recommended but not required.
Upon completion of this course you’ll have the core information to:
- Define and prioritize use cases and functional requirements to establish the digital preservation needs of your institution that can be solved by software.
- Perform an environmental scan and evaluate options for suites of tools that can work together to approach a full solution for the software component of digital preservation.
- Design a pre-ingest to access workflow appropriate for your institution and its resources that supports traditional archival functions as well as OAIS.
- Explain the issues surrounding system implementation and integration: solution models, common pitfalls, dealing with legacy systems and data, data and metadata flow and reuse, methods and tiers of integration, etc.
Who should attend? Archivists, records managers, special collections curators ,and other practitioners or managers responsible for stewarding digital archives and electronic manuscripts through the digital curation life cycle
What should you already know? Participants should have a working knowledge of OAIS as well as an understanding of archival practice and workflows.
The Basics of Managing Digital Records webcast or Digital Curation: Fundamentals for Success in-person course is recommended but not required.
DAS Core Competency:#3: Formulate strategies and tactics for appraising, describing, managing, organizing, and preserving digital archives.
#4. Incorporate technologies throughout the archival lifecycle.
#6: Curate, store, and retrieve original masters and access copies of digital archives.
#7: Provide dependable organization and service to designated communities across networks.
If you intend to pursue the DAS Certificate, you will need to pass the examination for this course.
Attendance is limited to 35.
Fees: Early / Regular
SAA Members: $199 /$249
Employees of SAA Member Institutions: $239 / $299
Nonmembers: $279/ $349