Born-Digital Workflows CURATEcamp, April 23rd at Brooklyn Historical Society

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A one-day CURATEcamp will precede Personal Digital Archiving Conference 2015, which will be held at New York University in New York City. This iteration of CURATEcamp will focus on born-digital workflows. You can read more about the topic below. The facilitators include Julia Kim, National Digital Stewardship Resident at New York University Libraries, Donald Mennerich, Digital Archivist at New York University,and Peter Chan, Digital Archivist at Stanford University.

Logistics

  • WHEN: April 23, 2015, 9:00 am–5:00 pm (+ post-event drinks)
  • WHERE: Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont Street, Brooklyn, NY
  • COST: Free, there is no cost to register for the event. However, registration is limited to 50 people and advanced registration is required. Please note that this is a highly participatory event!
  • LOGISTICS: Brooklyn Historical Society is a short distance from both the Court Street N and R subway stop and the Borough Hall 2 and 3 subway stop.
  • DISCUSSION: #curatecamp on Twitter and #curatecamp on irc.freenode.net. Notes and documentation for each session will be made available.

Speakers (in alphabetical order)

  • Arrangement & Description for Born Digital - Hillel Arnold and Bonnie Gordon (Rockefeller Archive Center, Lead Digital Archivist and Assistant Digital Archivist)

At the RAC, processing archivists arrange and describe born-digital materials in FTK; this description is transformed to EAD and presented in our online finding aids. This talk will provide an overview of the workflows and systems in place to get description out of FTK and accessible to researchers.

  • ePADD - Peter Chan (Stanford University Libraries, Digital Archivist)

ePADD - Special Collections Department at Stanford University Libraries received a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission to develop a software program to allow repositories and individuals to interact with email archives before and after they have been transferred to a repository. It consists of four modules, each based on a different functional activity: Processing (arrangement and description), Appraisal (collection development), Discovery (online via the web), and Delivery (access).

  • Automating Disk Imaging Processes - Euan Cochrane (Yale University,Digital Preservation Manager)

The Yale library preservation department has been working its way through imaging its large collection of digital material found in its general collections in an attempt ensure the preservation of these materials for future generations. The volume and diversity of the floppy disks and optical media found in the general collections, along with a lack of skilled staff to process them has necessitated an investigation of ways in which the disk imaging process can be streamlined, and where feasible, automated. This talk will focus on the workflows developed to meet these challenges and, time permitting, may delve into issues of developing workflows to automatically emulate the outputs of the imaging process.

  • Maximizing Description to Enhance Access to Born-Digital Archival Collections - Jarrett Drake and Rossy Mendez (Princeton University, Digital Archivist and Public Services Project Archivist)

In this presentation, a public services archivist and a technical services archivist from Princeton University’s Mudd Manuscript Library will consider how the description of born-digital archival collections impacts the access to these materials. After they explain the results of a recent review of their finding aids that describe born-digital records, they will advocate that user needs should inform the description of born-digital collections as well as demonstrate how their workflow for generating description is evolving to leverage existing metadata bound in born-digital records, thereby enabling processing archivists to create richer, more precise descriptive data.

  • Mass Migration: Building a Bulk Hard Drive-to-LTO Workflow From Scratch - Rebecca Fraimow (WGBH Media, Library and Archives, NDSR Resident)

How do you successfully transfer 300 TB of material from hard disk to LTO over the course of a nine-month project? This presentation will detail the process of constructing a workflow for digital migration of large amounts of audiovisual data—and then adapting it, and adapting it again, to deal with the various roadblocks hit along the way.

  • New Media Art: Preservation, Technical and Descriptive Metadata - Jason Kovari (Cornell University, Head of Metadata Services and Web Archivist)

Overview of the metadata environment in PAFDAO (Preservation and Access Framework for Digital Art Objects), an NEH-funded project at Cornell University Library's Rose Goldsen Collection to preserve interactive born-digital New Media Art.

  • Open Source QC Tools for Compact Disc Digital Audio (CD-DA) - John Passmore (WNYC, Archives Manager)

John will briefly survey available free and/or open source tools archivists can use to assess the quality of their CD-DAs. The talk will include a demonstration of the QPXTool (http://qpxtool.sourceforge.net/) command line interface and some instruction on how to interrupt the quality of your audio CDs based on BLER/E22/E32/FBE/Jitter measurements.

  • The Challenges Access Demands for an Established Accessioning Workflow - Gabriela Redwine (Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University, Digital Archivist)

Since 2011, the Beinecke has followed an established accessioning workflow for creating disk images of physical media, extracting metadata, and moving the Bagged images and metadata into storage. Often, this process is initiated by a researcher’s request for access to the digital media in a collection. I will share real-life examples to demonstrate some of the pitfalls of disrupting established workflows and the potential implications for digital preservation.

Demos & Workshops

  • Peter Chan - Stanford University Libraries, Digital Archivist
    • AccessData FTK@Stanford

Special Collections Department at Stanford University Libraries started to explore the use of AccessData FTK for archival processing of born-digital materials since 2010. I would like to share how Stanford use AccessData FTK for archival accessioning, processing, and delivery with colleagues in the archival world.

  • Ben Fino-Radin - Museum of Modern Art, Digital Repository Manager

Ben will demo the software MoMA built w/ Artefactual to create its Digital Repository Museum Collections – Management Application (DRMC-MA).

  • Cal Lee and Kam Woods - BitCurator Access
    • I Imaged the Disk, Now What? Enabling and Mediating Access to Born-Digital Data

The BitCurator Access project, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, is developing open-source software that supports the provision of access to data and metadata from disk images. We'll demonstrate software developed to date and discuss future development plans, including tools to redact files, file system metadata, and targeted bitstreams within disks or directories.

Potential Session Topics

Please list potential topics you're interested in learning more about here, before the unconference.

CURATEcamp schedule

The morning session will consist of brief, scheduled presentations on born-digital workflows. After a “birds-of-a-feather” lunch break, the afternoon will break out [CURATE-style] into multiple sections to discuss the morning’s talks as well as any ideas for conversation that participants have. Alongside these streams, we will also have pre-planned workshop demonstrations.

We will provide a catered breakfast and coffee.


Time Great Hall (A) Great Hall (B) Classroom
9:00–9:30 Registration, Breakfast, Surveys
9:30–noon Scheduled presentations
noon–1:00 "Birds-of-a-Feather" Lunch
1:00–2:00 BitCurator Access Demo Unconf 1 Unconf 2
2:10–3:10 Archivematica/MoMA Demo Unconf 1 Unconf 2
3:20–4:20 AccessData FTK @ Stanford Unconf 1 Unconf 2
4:30–5:00 Wrap-Up
5:10– Drinks (and bocce) at Floyd's

FAQ and event details

The “unconference” format of CURATEcamp encourages attendees to identify and discuss the issues they care about the most, leading to progress on solving real problems in our workflows. There are no spectators at CURATEcamp. All attendees are expected to give a demo, present a talk, drive a discussion, or participate in a panel or roundtable. Rather than talking in hypotheticals or giving broad workflow overviews, this CURATEcamp will focus on specific, granular knowledge that is gained through experience.

Q: Do you incorporate file-based workflows or is this just obsolete media? A: We are definitely also talking about file-based born-digital workflows.

Q: Will there be internet access? A: Yes, BHS will have internet access. In fact, all CURATEcamp participants will be encouraged to access the wiki for collaborative note-taking. We cannot guarantee uninterrupted access, however.

Q: Is lunch provided? A: No. We are providing a light breakfast in the morning. During the lunch break, we are encouraging "birds-of-a-feather" lunch groups to form. That is, we hope that the morning presentation sessions will spur different lunch discussion topics and people will form groups to eat, discuss, and meet new colleagues. Please check the "nearby lunch spots" for a BHS-staff vetted listing of nearby lunch spots.

Q: Do I need to bring my laptop? A: It's not a requirement, but we would highly recommend it! Registrants will be expected to contribute to this wiki as well as to a pre-conference online survey.

Contacts & Help

Feel free to contact Julia Kim (jk133 at nyu.edu), Donald Mennerich (don dot mennerich at nyu.edu), or Peter Chan (pchan3 at stanford.edu with questions about the event. If you are a student and would like to come and participate, please contact Julia Kim.

Sponsors & Affiliates

This event is supported by the National Digital Stewardship Residency in New York program, funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and implemented by the Metropolitan New York Library Council in partnership with Brooklyn Historical Society. CURATEcamp is also affiliated with this year's Personal Digital Archiving conference, which will take place April 24–26 at New York University.