“The Person in the Middle” Episode 8 of “An Archivist’s Tale” Podcast

While on a trip to New York City, recently to teach a workshop for the Society of American Archivists, I also had the great pleasure to be interviewed for  “An Archivist’s Tale” podcast (https://www.spreaker.com/show/an-archivists-tale). The podcast entails archivists in conversation with archivists, discussing their work and passions and how they care for the historical record and present the storied past. It is hosted by husband and wife team Karen Trivette and Geof Huth.

Presentation “Balancing the Ideal vs. Real”

I recently participated in a lightning round panel, When the Rubber Hits the Road: Real-World Digital Preservation, at the annual meeting of the Midwest Archives Conference. My presentation, “Balancing the Ideal vs. Real,” examined the challenges we have encountered in implementing digital preservation environment, the Digital Collections system, here at OSU. My fellow panelists included, Laura Alagna, Northwestern University; Nat Wilson, Carleton College; Sarah Dorpinghaus and Doug Boyd, University of Kentucky, Michael Shallcross, University of Michigan; an Cinda
May, Indiana State University.

New column “Technology matters in archives” in the Journal of Archival Organization

The Journal of Archival Organization has been relaunched. I am editing and authoring a new column, “Technology Matter in archives.” New to the Journal of Archival Organization, the column examines how technology affects archives and archivists. The inaugural column explains the nature of the column and sets the stage for topics and issues that it will address. It examines the meaning of the term technology. Further, the column explores the notion of technological dependence—not just dependence on digital or electronic systems—as a lens in which to examine the archival enterprise in grappling with twenty-first century issues. Concluding with the suggestion that technology can be considered from three categorical points of view: soft (philosophical approaches and practices), medium (codified processes, guidelines and standards) and hard technology (hardware and software). I am seeking contributors, so feel free to contact me.

Book Review Published…

My review of Digital Preservation Essentials has been published in The American Archivist. Digital Preservation Essentials is one of the latest installments in Trends in Archives Practice, the Society of American Archivists’ evolving modular series intended to fill significant gaps in the archival literature. The series currently covers topics in sixteen modules that include themes of archival arrangement and description, appraisal and acquisition strategies, becoming a trusted digital repository, rights in the digital era, teaching with primary sources, and this volume on digital preservation basics. Erin O’Meara and Kate Stratton’s two modules—“Preserving Digital Objects” and “Digital Preservation Storage”—in this slim volume pack a punch, proving to be engaging and accessible. Go here for a full listing of publications and presentations…

Down the Rabbit Hole: Data Normalization, Migrations and Access within a Digital Preservation Framework

Down the Rabbit Hole: Data Normalization, Migrations and Access within a Digital Preservation Framework

A presentation to the Digital Library Federation (DLF) in Milwaukee, WI on November 7, 2016 that addresses data wrangling efforts, the creation of workflows, and the challenges encountered while preparing resources for migration. A review of the de-duplication efforts, development of a collection assessment tool and its implementation, and techniques to transform, normalizes, and link metadata to the accompanying digital resources will be discussed.

MOMMMA: Master Objects Migration and Metadata Mapping Activity — A Presentation to CPN-DAM

MOMMMA: Master Objects Migration and Metadata Mapping Activity—A Presentation to CPN-DAM, a virtual conference of the Central Plains Network for Digital Asset Management on November 17, 2016.

So you’ve got nearly 2 million digital files from 8 collecting units with minimum, scattered or unknown metadata—how do you prepare to migrate those objects into a digital preservation repository that acts as a “light archive” providing access to your digital collections? This presentation will delve into data wrangling efforts, the creation of workflows, and the challenges encountered while preparing digital resources for migration from a limited access FTP server into a preservation environment created in FEDORA, layered with Hydra heads for access and other functional requirements. We will discuss project planning, the de-duplication efforts, development of a collection assessment tool and its implementation that allows us to prioritize migration efforts, as well as techniques used to transform, normalize, restructure, and link metadata to the accompanying digital resources.

The Research Forum @ 10: Observations

The Society of American Archivists’ Research Forum has been successful in attracting a significant number of participants from a diverse set of backgrounds and in situations over the past ten years. If it can improve in one area, it would be that of building upon that diversity, and actively encouraging, facilitating and/or enabling more non-academic-related participation. The Forum is successful due in part to the currency of the topics presented, which have not been forced by pre-ordained categories. The topics range from the exotic, such as alternative media types and “big data” to the mundane (but fundamental) topics of access and description and archival management. Further, each presentation gets its spot in the sunshine, and is not forced to compete with another session. Congratulations on your first decade! And here’s to your second! The whole of my presentation is at: The Research Forum @ 10: Observations.