Digital Repositories

This course has been retired.
Certificate Eligibility: 
5 ARC, 0.75 CEU
1 day
Max Attendees: 
Tactical and Strategic

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.

Learning Outcomes: 
Explain the basic decisions underlying the development of a digital repository program
Differentiate between the components necessary to implement a viable digital repository service
Evaluate existing and proposed repository initiatives at your local institutions for identified elements of a successful deployment
Reference existing digital repositories and the characteristics they illustrate
Identify areas in which you might build your knowledge base and/or skill sets to meet the needs of a digital repository program
Who Should Attend: 

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.

What You Should Already Know: 

Basic metadata schemas, digital content creation, digital capture factors, and a basic understanding of digital storage and preservation issues

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.
5. Strategically plan for the sustainability of digital archives.
6. Employ standards and best practices in the management of digital archives.
7. Design a defined set of services for designated community.
“Insight to 'getting started' resources. Great discussion. Great instructors.” — Jerry Simmons
“I found the role framework a very useful way to conceptualize repositories.” — Joseph Komljenovich
“The workshop covered a vast amount of material but was very well-structured.”
“I'll use the manual for [a] follow-up investigation and resource list. Thank you for this 'intro' to digital repositories for me—I have a lot of nomenclature to absorb!” — Bonnie Travers
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