Negotiating the Landscape of Born-Digital Photographs: Part 1 (webcast)

This course has been retired.
Certificate Eligibility: 
90 minutes

This course is offered in two parts: this 90-minute webcast and a one-day course in a classroom setting. This webcast is a prerequisite for the in-person course.


Get an introduction to the components of digital photographs and embedded metadata, and a basic overview of issues related to collection development, appraisal, arrangement, and description in this webcast. You’ll get background information on digital photography and a side-by-side comparison of how many of the basic archival principles (concerning the appraisal, acquisition, preservation, arrangement) and description of analog photographic materials remain the same with born-digital photographs. The framework of the webcast is the historical context and structure of born-digital photographs, followed by discussion about collection development issues, and the challenges of arrangement and description.

Learning Outcomes: 
Recognize that working with archival born-digital photographs involves more than just preservation and discovery; it’s also about understanding the medium
Identify key milestones within the history of digital photography
Identify the basic components of raster images, photographic file formats, and embedded photographic metadata
Who Should Attend: 

Any archivist or records manager involved with the acquisition and/or archival processing of born-digital photographs

What You Should Already Know: 

Recommended: Basics of Managing Electronic Records: Getting You Started


Familiarity with Photographs: Archival Care and Management (Chicago: Society of American Archivists, 2006), chapters one through six


Useful but not required: Arrangement and Description of Electronic Records: Part I and Part II

DAS Core Competency: 
1. Explain the nature of digital records and their lifecycle.
2. Communicate and define terminology, requirements, roles, and responsibilities related to digital archives to a variety of stakeholders.
3. Formulate strategies and tactics for appraising, acquiring, describing, managing, organizing, preserving, and delivering digital archives.
4. Incorporate technologies throughout the archival lifecycle.
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