This one-day course introduces you to processing strategies that are applicable to born-digital records, with an emphasis on basic concepts that archivists use to establish descriptive control over digital content. You’ll learn about standards and tools that can be used to implement an integrated processing strategy. You’ll also participate in a set of instructor–led exercises that arrange and describe some digital records in ways that maintain the integrity and authenticity of the digital records. A laptop with wireless connectivity is required to participate in this course, and you must have the ability to install and use open-source software on that laptop.
In the morning, you’ll review the unique processing challenges posed by digital records before undertaking a detailed discussion on how standards, protocols, and best practices can help you address those challenges. In the afternoon, you will explore the applicability of Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS) to digital records and manuscripts. The instructor will demonstrate the use of basic tools that implement descriptive standards and best practices, leading you in a processing exercise that results in the generation of an archival information packet for some relatively homogeneous records. The day will conclude with a discussion of lessons learned and next steps to be taken, considering individual repository needs.
Repository managers, archivists, practitioners, and anyone responsible for the arrangement and description of digital records