OCLC - Hanging Together by Chela Scott Weber | Making informed and accurate projections of skills, time and materials needed for projects is key to responsibly managing the resources and collections entrusted to us. In the realm of archives and special collections, there are good models out there for time estimation and planning for processing paper-based archival collections and cataloging books, but there aren’t clear models yet for born-digital collections.
The privacy and access challenges of archives containing electronic communications of enduring historical value are addressed in the Libraries’ latest release of ePADD.
Despite rapid growth of email use since its inception 40 years ago, and the increasing presence of email within research collections, the vast majority of email archives of modern historical figures remain inaccessible to researchers. Repositories that seek to make email content available for research face significant copyright and privacy issues and can be daunted by the sheer volume of email transferred.
A digital object is not usable without a computing environment in which it can be rendered or executed. If we want to ensure the long-term usability of digital objects, so that they can be used in the face of changing formats, software, and hardware, it is necessary to either preserve their computing environments or to, at least, gather enough information, so that the computing environment can be reconstructed or adapted to a changed world.
Start Here: Who is this Guide for?
You are a human rights activist, a small or grassroots human rights organization, or media collective;
You are creating or collecting digital video to document human rights abuses or issues, and;
You want to make sure that the video documentation you have created or collected can be used for advocacy, as evidence, for education or historical memory - not just now but into the future....
But you are not sure where to begin, or you are stuck on a particular problem.
If this is you, then this Guide is for you.
The DPOE Baseline Digital Preservation Curriculum consists of 6 easily understandable topics.
* Identify . . . the types of digital content you have.
* Select . . . what portion of your digital content will be preserved.
* Store . . . your selected content for the long term.
* Protect . . . your content from everyday threats and emergency contingencies.
* Manage . . . and implement requirements for long term management.
* Provide . . . access to digital content over time.
CollectiveAccess is a highly configurable cataloguing tool and web-based application for museums, archives and digital collections. Available free of charge under the GPL open-source license, it requires little to no custom programming to support a variety of metadata standards, external data sources and repositories, as well as most popular media formats. In addition to multilingual cataloguing facilities, it allows publication of this data in the languages of your choice.
The PrestoCentre Library includes documents and tools relevant to all aspects of digital preservation, drawn from many European projects, as well as governmental, industrial, and academic sources. The material found here is divided into document-based resources, practical tools, and project descriptions. To explore the library material from this page you can search by using keywords, browse by content type, or browse and search within the categories below. By taking any one of these pathways, you can uncover the information you are looking for in a variety of different ways.