CURATEcamp SAA 2012 Discussion Ideas

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Feel free to use this space to share ideas for discussion at CURATEcamp 2012.


Topic you are interested in (Your name): A sentence or three about your topic.

  • Embedded Metadata (Cristela Garcia-Spitz): Digital objects are now living on the web, often with little or no associated metadata within the content file. Sometimes it is only a filename that travels with the object. What can be done to embedded the rich metadata (title, date, institution, rights, etc.) into the object (image, text, audiovisual, data sets)?
  • Legacy File Identification/Appraisal (Matthew McKinley): My topic comes in two parts: 1. Files older than 8-10 years are often initially inaccessible for a variety of reasons--outdated/unsupported creating software, unreliable extensions/naming, lack of technical metadata--and thus are often not identified or mis-identified by identification/characterization software such as JHOVE, DROID, Tikka etc. What can be done to improve their identification? 2. Once identified, is there a way for these files to be viewed/appraised/searched by "non-techie" archivists without proprietary software (FTK) or complex CLI manipulation (AFFLib)?
  • Email Archives (SusanGray Page): How do we make email archives more user-friendly? Keyword searching is a limited entry point for someone who is more interested in browsing collections. What kinds of tools are available for displaying thousands of emails in a format that goes beyond keyword search results?
  • Digital Archives Workflows (Erin O'Meara): A discussion on current workflows used for acquiring, processing, preserving and providing access to digital archives. What tools are you using? What challenges have you faced? What do you need (e.g. software, hardware, knowledge)?
  • Standards & Best Practices for Forensic Images (Christie Peterson): Currently, there do not seem to be any established standards or best practices regarding image formats and compression used in the creation of forensic disk images for preservation. I am interested in hearing about the choices practitioners have made and their reasoning. This may not be a full topic on its own, and may be appropriate to fold into another session.
  • Mass Digitization without Mass Chaos: A Discussion on Quality Control (Sarah Dorpinghaus): Has your institution already implemented a mass digitization program? Will it in the future? What strategies are being used to maintain your institutional quality standards?
  • Digital Asset Management Systems: Proprietary vs. Open Source (Heather Gilbert): A session devoted to who's using what, who migrated from one system to another and what lessons were learned.
  • Access / Users / Use (Sam Meister): How do we respond to the changing access needs / desires of users? OAIS discusses the need for ongoing monitoring of designated communities in order to incorporate new requirements into the digital archives workflow. What mechanisms / tools do we currently have to collect / understand user needs? Are new tools needed for ongoing monitoring? How can we transform these needs into digital curation workflow requirements?
  • When files do not verify (Lisa Miller): What do you do when your file verification process identifies changed or missing files? How do you figure out what happened to them so that you can try to prevent similar problems in the future, and avoid time spent restoring files from the tape backups?
  • Delivering digital content in the reading room (Lisa Miller): Some digital collections cannot be posted on the Internet due to copyright, privacy, donor stipulation, etc. What hardware and software is being used to provide access in the reading room? We've tried Microsoft Shared Computer Toolkit, which required configuration of each workstation separately, and are now using an administrative template on the server side. What are others doing?
  • Taking the next step (Lisa Miller): We have minimal support for our digital program--not much more than a dedicated server, tape backups, and file verifications that we implement manually before each tape backup. What should we consider as a next step to sell to our management to build a more robust digital program?
  • Arrangement and description of born-digital materials/collections (Meg Tuomala): What kinds of tools are folks using to arrange and describe the born-digital collections in their repositories? I'm especially interested in the processing of large collections, less interested in item-level cataloging. Also interested in hearing how others are dealing with sensitive or personally identifying information at this stage.
  • Access via mobile devices? (Meg Tuomala): Has anyone explored this? We have toyed with the idea of using tablets in our reading room and/or at events to show digital collections. Not sure this is worth a ton of discussion but perhaps someone has an experience to share.



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