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Arrangement & Description for Born Digital

  • Presenters: Hillel Arnold, Lead Digital Archivist, and Bonnie Gordon, Assistant Digital Archivist, Rockefeller Archive Center
  • Abstract: 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.



  • Presenter: Peter Chan, Digital Archivist, Stanford University Libraries
  • Abstract: The 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

  • Presenter: Euan Cochrane, Digital Preservation Manager, Yale University
  • Abstract: 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

  • Presenters: Jarrett Drake, Digital Archivist, and Rossy Mendez, Public Services Project Archivist, Princeton University
  • Abstract: 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

  • Presenter: Rebecca Fraimow, National Digital Stewardship Resident, WGBH Media Library and Archives
  • Abstract: 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

  • Presenter: Jason Kovari, Head of Metadata Services and Web Archivist, Cornell University
  • Abstract: 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)

  • Presenter: John Passmore, Archives Manager, WNYC
  • Abstract: 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 ( 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

  • Presenter: Gabriela Redwine, Digital Archivist, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University
  • Abstract: 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.


review, Yale's participation in the AIMS shared accessioning workflow. souped up fiwalk, needs packaging - ready for transfer workflow before access, before access to copies

Dec 2012- Oct 2014, 10 researchers - digital images or copies summer, French avant gaarde - reel to reel 1/4" audio performance documentation. each folder an accession.

1. imaging and access in the same step 2. no info on checksum/virus before this 3. "authenticity" - since extraction, outside the workflow. actions not tracked. (this is a non-issue for researchers. never mentioned. archivist driven tension between theory vs. practice,compromises of preservation vs. access, and staff vs. researchers. "access A to from donor A" - no way to prove to researchers. should be tracked adn cleared. "access copies as part of SIP" = what