Accessioning and Ingest of Electronic Records #1409

On October 25th, 2013 I attended SAA’s DAS workshop of Accessioning and Ingest of Electronic Records.  The workshop was hosted by Harvard and led by Erin Faulder, the Digital Archivist for Tisch Library at Tufts University.

The workshop covered key concepts and issues regarding policy decisions based on institutional mandates, suggestions for working with donors, key elements of the digital transfers, and the need for digestible workflows and guidelines.  There was a quick overview of the OAIS model with a breakdown of SIP’s, DIP’s, and AIP’s, and an emphasis to use the OAIS model as the foundation for the digital workflow each institution creates.  Two major themes emphasized throughout the workshop were 1) building trust and communication with donors, and 2) accessioning digital material goes beyond traditional accessioning and incorporates elements of appraisal and processing. Continue reading