Appraisal of Digital Records

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

After a review of the fundamental principles of archival appraisal and appraisal policies, you’ll be introduced to the unique issues that need to be addressed when appraising electronic records. Case studies will highlight the practical aspects of appraisal when dealing with digital records.


Previously titled Appraisal of Electronic Records

Learning Outcomes: 
Develop an appraisal policy for your archives
Include digital records on records retention and disposal schedules
Address technical issues (such as metadata and software dependence) that arise when appraising digital records
Appraise digital records for your archives
Who Should Attend: 

Archivist practitioners, records managers, and anyone responsible for the archival appraisal of digital records

What You Should Already Know: 

Archival appraisal of records, as well as some basic knowledge about digital preservation and digital records

DAS Core Competency: 
1. Explain the nature of digital records and their lifecycle.
3. Formulate strategies and tactics for appraising, acquiring, describing, managing, organizing, preserving, and delivering digital archives.
4. Incorporate technologies throughout the archival lifecycle.
A&D Core Competency: 
1. Arrangement: Understand the process of organizing materials with respect to their provenance and original order to protect their context and facilitate access.
2. Description: Analyze and describe details about the attributes of a record or collection of records to facilitate identification, management, and understanding of the work.
4. Management: Demonstrate ability to manage physical and intellectual control over archival materials.
"Mark's enthusiasm for the subject matter was refreshing. I went into the class expecting the session to be informative but dry. Mark well exceeded my expectations for learning the course information and it being fun at the same time. I also found that I learned a lot when Mark talking about his mistakes and the "what not to do" tips. I liked that he was honest and forthright about how everyone will run into roadblocks, some bigger than others, and that this is the time you will learn the most. One of the most valuable things I learned during the course is that there isn't one right way for all institutions to archive e-records and your institution' goals and resources will dictate what you can and should do."
“The technical aspects of appraisal, including ingest, is just what I needed.” — Margaret Welch
“The overview of appraisal polices and methodologies and the discussion surrounding archival preservation components [were particularly valuable]. I thought the hands-on exercises were helpful for processing the information and archiving discussion.”
“The class exercises made me think in a real-world context. We were challenged throughout in decision-making skills related to archival theories and methods.”
"The workshop information is timely and expands on other DAS courses that I have taken."
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