This one-day course introduces advanced processing strategies that are applicable to born-digital and hybrid (i.e., mixed analog and digital) records, with an emphasis on hands-on work. We’ll use a variety of software tools to establish descriptive control over digital archives, focusing on arrangement and description at the collection and series levels. The instructor will demonstrate specific techniques, and you’ll practice them on a sample a set of sample records and/or materials supplied by your repository. A laptop with wireless connectivity is required to participate in this course, and you must have the ability to install, configure, and use open-source software on that laptop.
In the morning, we’ll review the functional requirements that must be met by a program to arrange and describe heterogeneous digital materials, focusing on the implications that the OAIS Reference Model and DACS have regarding archival processing workflows. Then we’ll use open-source tools to process digital records at the collection level. In the afternoon, we’ll undertake additional processing exercises, focusing on control at the series and file levels, resulting in the production of descriptive, structural, and preservation metadata that is stored in an archival information packet. We’ll conclude the course by discussing factors to be considered when selecting tools and developing processing services, considering repository needs, resources, and capabilities.
Repository managers, archivists, practitioners, and anyone responsible for the arrangement and description of electronic records
Students should have taken and/or passed the exam for Arrangement and Description of Electronic Records: Part I