At the recent Society of American Archivistsannual 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.
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!
We prepared a series of screencasts for a recent donor meeting. These screencasts give a really nice, visual, overview of how we use three different systems: Archivematica, ArchivesSpace, and DIMES, and how they connect to each other.
The first screencast reviews our Archivematica ingest process, and covers how we link to metadata in the Archivists’ Toolkit. We’ll be implementing this functionality using the ArchivesSpace API in the near future.
The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation (WWNFF) program was designed to encourage college graduates to consider college teaching as a career and provided support for first-year graduate students in the humanities and the social sciences in its early years before expanding to include mathematics and the sciences. Each fellowship file contains application forms, recommendations, transcripts, and other documentation used to track the fellow’s progress.
As you’ve probably noticed, we recently rolled out a pretty major overhaul to DIMES. This post describes the changes that were made in some detail and also describes the reasons behind the changes. Continue reading →
The first NE Archivematica Users Group was held last Friday to great success. There were roughly 20 attendees present, representing institutions like Yale, NYPL (the host of the meeting), Columbia, Harvard Business School, MOMA, and the Frick.
On Thursday and Friday of last week, we had a visit from Evelyn and Austin of Artefactual Systems, who were here to set up a new version of Archivematica for us to test. This new version has some important functionality which will allow us to present access copies of digitized material online in DIMES.
It appears that adoption of Archivematica is really taking off. I’ve spoken to several other institutions, notably Yale and Columbia, who are not only planning to adopt the system, but also to contract with Artefactual for additional development. I thought it might be good to meet and discuss what we’re actually doing for a couple reasons, such as:
To become more familiar with other institutions’ use cases and workflows
To prevent duplication of development efforts
To provide feedback on development specifications, especially in order to generalize them for wider community use
I put together a call for Archivematica users in the north east region, and sent it out over various listserves. The response was pretty enthusiastic.
We’ll be having our inaugural meeting at the NYPL Library Services Center in Queens on April 12 from 2-4 PM. Arrive early (1 PM) if you’d like coffee and to check out the processing center or the forensic lab. The address is: 31-11 Thomson ave, Long Island City, NY 11101.
I’ll be posting more as things develop. Feel free to join us!
Last week, we had a site visit from Evelyn McLellan, a Systems Archivist at Artefactual (the company that is developing Archivematica). We discussed a number of issues related to the integration of Archivematica, XTF and ATReference. Continue reading →