Arrangement and Description of Digital Records: Part II #1895  [A&D, DAS]


Thu, Apr 12, 2018
Hesburgh Libraries
Notre Dame, IN

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Workshop Agenda

Event Name Date & Time Instructors/Speakers & CEUs

Arrangement and Description of Digital Records: Part II #1895

Thu, Apr 12, 2018
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Carol Kussmann

Archival Recertification Credits: 5
ICRM Certification Maintenance Program: 6.5
DAS Tactical & Strategic: 1
General CEU Credits: 0.75
A&D Tactical & Strategic: 1

Workshop Description

This one-day course introduces advanced processing strategies that are applicable to born-digital and hybrid (i.e., mixed analog and digital) records, with an emphasis on hands-on work. We'll use a variety of software tools to establish descriptive control over digital archives, focusing on arrangement and description at the collection and series levels. The instructor will demonstrate specific techniques, and you'll practice them on a set of sample records and/or materials supplied by your repository.  A laptop with wireless connectivity is required to participate in this course, and you must have the ability to install, configure, and use open-source software on that laptop.

In the morning, we'll review the functional requirements that must be met by a program to arrange and describe heterogeneous digital materials, focusing on the implications that the OAIS Reference Model and DACS have regarding archival processing workflows. Then we'll use open-source tools to process digital records at the collection level. In the afternoon, we'll undertake additional processing exercises, focusing on control at the series and file levels, resulting in the production of descriptive, structural, and preservation metadata that is stored in an archival information packet. We'll conclude the course by discussing factors to be considered when selecting tools and developing processing services, considering repository needs, resources, and capabilities.

Formerly called Arrangement and Description of Electronic Records: Part II

Upon completion of Day Two you'll be able to:

  • Use standards and tools that support an integrated processing workflow for digital materials
  • Evaluate and use software to process digital records in a way that preserves their identity, significant characteristics, evidential value, and utility
  • Make implementation decisions in order to develop a processing workflow that is suitable for your repository

Who Should Attend? Repository managers, archivists, practitioners, and anyone responsible for the arrangement and description of digital records

What You Should Already Know: Students should have taken and/or passed the exam for Arrangement and Description of Digital Records: Part I

DAS Core Competency:

  • #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.

If you intend to pursue the DAS Certificate, you will need to pass the examination for these courses.

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.
  • 3. Descriptive Standards: Apply rules and practices that codify the content of information used to represent archival materials in discovery tools according to published structural guidelines.
  • 4. Management: Demonstrate ability to manage physical and intellectual control over archival materials.
  • 5. Discovery: Create tools to facilitate access and disseminate descriptive records of archival materials.
  • 6. Ethics: Convey transparency of actions taken during arrangement and description and respect privacy, confidentiality, and cultural sensitivity of archival materials.
  • 7. Risk Management: Analyze threats and implement measures to minimize ethical and institutional risks.

If you intend to pursue the A&D Certificate, you will need to pass the examination for this course.

Attendance is limited to 35.