Tool Integration: From Pre-SIP to DIP

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

The digital curation “ecosystem” is made up of any number of tools and systems that perform small, discrete tasks, cover particular file format groups or functional areas of models like the Open Archival Information System (OAIS) Reference Model, and that even claim, at least, to be more or less comprehensive. This ecosystem is in a constant state of flux, and digital archivists are responsible for stewarding more and more—and more complex—digital content. Despite our wish for a “silver bullet,” all of these tools necessarily specialize in one function or another, and none of them do it all. Managing such a high number of what silos of information and resources are effectively, especially the handoffs of data and metadata between them to support archival workflows, can be overwhelming. 

The good news, at least when it comes to technology, is that many systems these days are designed to connect with one another, and systems integration can “knit” disparate systems together to support a wide variety of archival needs, creating efficient workflows from accession to ingest to access. 

In this course, you can expect an overview of the what, why, and how of systems integration and its role in “knitting” disparate systems together to support a wide variety of workflows in the archival enterprise. If you’re starting from scratch, it will help you design your integrated technical ecosystem and choose tools and systems to comprise it that “play nicely” with others. This will include deeper dives into technologies like common metadata standards and application programming interfaces (APIs), as well as data interoperability protocols and other methodologies that get systems to “talk” to one another, as well as numerous real-world examples of systems integration “in the wild” to inspire you. If you’re starting from an existing workflow that makes use of siloed systems, this course will help you make better use of the affordances of technology to get those systems to work together, better. 

The last module will be devoted to exploring issues at the intersection of archives and technology.

Learning Outcomes: 
Define systems integration and understand it’s utility
Recognize common architectural and data flow patterns in systems integrations
Evaluate tools and systems for “integratability”
Have a basic understanding of technologies like common metadata standards and application programming interfaces (APIs), data interoperability protocols, etc., and their use in systems integrations scenarios
Charter a new systems integration project
Improve the handoffs of data and metadata between tools and systems in an existing workflow
Who Should Attend: 

Archivists, records managers, special collections curators ,and other practitioners or managers responsible for stewarding digital archives and electronic manuscripts through the digital curation life cycle

What You Should Already Know: 

Participants should have a working knowledge of OAIS as well as an understanding of archival practice and workflows.


The Basics of Managing Electronic Records: Getting You Started! webinar or Digital Curation: Fundamentals for Success in-person course is recommended but not required.

DAS Core Competency: 
3. Formulate strategies and tactics for appraising, acquiring, describing, managing, organizing, preserving, and delivering digital archives.
4. Incorporate technologies throughout the archival lifecycle.
6. Employ standards and best practices in the management of digital archives.
7. Design a defined set of services for designated community.
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