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!

DREC Committee Meeting Notes – May 7, 2014

DREC Committee Meeting Notes – May 7, 2014

Location: Conference Room

Attendance:

Committee Members: Sibyl Schaefer, Hillel Arnold, Patrick Galligan, Suzie Irving, Mary Ann Quinn, Lucas Buresch, Meg Hogan

Observing RAC Staff member attendees: Carol Radovich, Kristin Spad

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DREC Committee Meeting Notes- January 24, 2014

DREC Committee Meeting Notes- January 24, 2014

Location: Conference Room

Attendance:

Committee members: Sibyl Schaefer, Laura Montgomery, Hillel Arnold, Patrick Galligan, Suzie Irving, Mary Ann Quinn

Observing RAC Staff member attendees: Carol Radovich, Bethany Antos

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DREC Committee Meeting Notes- November 7, 2013

DREC Committee Meeting Notes- November 7, 2013

Location: Conference Room

Attendance:

Committee members: Sibyl Schaefer, Laura Montgomery, Suzie Havranek, Hillel Arnold, Mary Ann Quinn, Lucas Buresch, Patrick Galligan

Observing RAC Staffmember attendees: Bob Battaly, Bethany Antos, Beth H. Jaffe-Davis, Marisa Vassari, Julia Welby, Kristen Spad

Agenda:

  1. Archivematica/AT integration
  2. Overview of Asian Cultural Council accession process
  3. Discussion of the brown bag lunch series
  4. Beginning processing on FTK
  5. Classes and workshop discussion
  6. Miscellaneous
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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-REC Committee meeting minutes for 10/24/2012

D-REC Committee Meeting Minutes
10:30am-12 pm October 19, 2012 Conference Room
Committee Chair: Sibyl Schaefer
Note taker: Laura Montgomery
ATTENDANCE:

Sibyl Schaefer
Laura Montgomery
Mary Ann Quinn
Lucas Buresch
Hillel Arnold
Suzie Havranek
Meg Hogan

AGENDA:

Suggestions for mission statement and goals
Overview of any educational activities attended
Readings- Questions and comments
Project Update

AGENDA TOPICS
SUGGESTIONS FOR MISSION STATEMENTS AND GOALS
Suggested revisions and additions to the mission statement and goals include:

Develop an OAIS compliant system
Educate donors and researchers on digital preservation issues and practices
Prepare the RAC for TRAC certification and compliance Continue reading