Tool Integration: From Pre-SIP to DIP

Certificate Eligibility: 
0.75 CEU, 5 ARC
1 day
Max Attendees: 

Contact us to co-sponsor this brand-new course at your institution!


The digital curation “ecosystem” is large and complex. This ecosystem—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—is in a constant state of flux. Although there is enormous potential in common data formats, open standards, and APIs to facilitate systems integrations that support end-to-end digital archiving workflows—which ultimately streamline digital processing and decrease the time it takes for an accession to make its way from transfer to ingest to access—the myriad tools and possible combinations of those tools mean that it can be difficult even 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, approaching a full solution to the software component of digital preservation. 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.

Learning Outcomes: 
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 You Should Already Know: 

Participants should have a working knowledge of OAIS as well as an understanding of archival practice and workflows.


The Basics of Managing Electronic Records: Getting You Started! webinar or Digital Curation: Fundamentals for Success in-person course is recommended but not required.

DAS Core Competency: 
3. Formulate strategies and tactics for appraising, acquiring, describing, managing, organizing, preserving, and delivering digital archives.
4. Incorporate technologies throughout the archival lifecycle.
6. Employ standards and best practices in the management of digital archives.
7. Design a defined set of services for designated community.
Co-Sponsor Provides: 
  • Classroom: 6-foot tables with two chairs each or 8-foot tables with three chairs each
  • Bottle of water or pitcher of water with a glass for instructor
  • Instructor workstation: Standard laptop connections, or a PC or laptop that has a USB port, runs standard MS Office software, and has PowerPoint
  • LCD projector and replacement bulb for the LCD projector
  • Projection screen
  • Coffee/tea/water for morning break
  • Water/assorted soft drinks for afternoon break