SAA: We’re All Digital Archivists: Forensic Techniques in Everyday Practice

At the recent Society of American Archivists annual conference, I was fortunate enough to present as part of a panel discussing the application of digital forensics in an archival setting. I touched on the work I’ve been doing with the D-Recs committee and on developing the forensics workflows that I’ve discussed previously. My co-presenters, Cal Lee, Don Mennerich, and Christie Peterson, discussed different aspects related to digital forensics in archives, from learning forensics techniques to an overview of current research in the field. I highly recommend checking out the audio for the session, which is available on our shared drive.

The Signal Interview
As a result of my presentation, I was asked to do an interview with Trevor Owens for The Signal, the Library of Congress blog on digital preservation. The interview went live last week and touches on some points I made during my presentation as well as current and future D-Team projects. I hope you enjoy it!

Using Zotero to Create Collaborative, Share-able, Export-able Bibliographies

Collect references once, export and share infinitely. That’s what tools like Endnote and Zotero come down to. In grad school I used Endnote to manage my references and then cite them as needed in Word documents (papers, my dissertation…). The software would automatically create bibliographies from cited material, in virtually any format imaginable (MLA and Chicago are just the beginning). But I never took it a step further to create an online, shareable library. It wasn’t until I began work on a Ford Foundation bibliography here at the Archive Center that I saw the benefits of an online reference-storing tool. Thanks to Hillel’s suggestion, I began to build one using Zotero, a free program .

Although I’m only about a month into using the software, I thought I’d outline the process for creating online bibliographies in Zotero, while adding some comments about RAC-specific uses and parts I still need to work out. I’m interested in discussing the “why” as much as the “how,” so please comment or feel free to chat about this with me, if you think it may be something you could use, too!

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D-Recs Committee Reading List

Hi all,

Below is a list of resources I pulled together (with help from Laura) that should help guide discussion for our next meeting.

OAIS Resources

  1. Blog post reviewing the basics [good starting place]
  2. Brian Lavoie, The OAIS Reference Model: Introductory Guide [PDF]
  3. PDF from DCC’s Digital Curation 101 workshops. A bit on the technical side, but easy to use for reference.
  4. Digital Preservation Management Workshop. We may be using the questions listed for discussion during the meeting.

The following two resources are quite lengthy – please read the Introductions and areas that apply to your specific functional area (Appraisal, Description, etc) and browse the other sections.

  1. AIMS Survey:
    Project Overview

    White Paper [PDF]
  2. Paradigm workbook on Digital Private Papers