Participate in knowledge-building discussions and activities that focus on defining, selecting, and implementing digital repositories (DRs) and a review of basic decisions that must be made before and during the development of a digital collection and digital repository program. The instructor addresses the role of the archivist in DR construction and deployment; the standards, best practices, and realities of content and metadata deposit; the strategies for developing administrative structures; policies; the long-term preservation concerns; and marketing a repository. Interactive activities throughout the course lead to a better understanding of your local institution and to a roadmap for program development.
Archivists or information professionals with working knowledge of digital collections but are in need of a digital repository primer, either because they or their unit was identified as the ideal location for these activities; or, because their institutions are engaging in repository activities and seek guidance on content development, standards, preservation needs, and/or marketing strategies. This course also appeals to new archivists and mid-career archivists who are looking to increase their knowledge base regarding digital repositories; or, employees of organizations that wish to implement a digital asset management system or institutional repository.
Basic metadata schemas, digital content creation, digital capture factors, and a basic understanding of digital storage and preservation issues