AIMS has just released its new white paper titled “AIMS Born-Digital Collections: An Inter-Institutional Model for Stewardship.” The AIMS Project is a partnership between the University of Virginia Libraries, Stanford University Libraries and Academic Resources, the University of Hull Library, and Yale University Library with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The project evolved around a common need among the project partners — and most libraries and archives— to identify a methodology or continuous framework for stewarding born-digital archival materials.
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The University Archives at Case Western Reserve University has a nice website about digital preservation. It talks about storage media, and file formats, and other relevant issues. It looks like a good model for presenting educational material to faculty and staff regarding digital preservation.
As stated on the Duke University Archives webpage, “The Duke DataAccessioner was built out of the need for a simple GUI interface to allow technical services staff an easy way of migrating data off disks and onto a file server for basic preservation, further appraisal, arrangement, & description.” For more information, and to review the plugins and downloads, visit the project website.
Drexel Archives and Special Collections have archived numerous university websites through Achive-It. For those of you interested in assessing Archive-It as a tool to archive websites be sure to check out the extensive Drexel Archive-It site.
Check out Mike Shallcross’ blog entry detailing the current MeMail e-mail archiving project undertaken at the University of Michigan by the Bentley Historical Library. The goal of the project is to pair records management tools and techniques with outreach and education directed towards records creators, and it is looking at email and other digital content. The current project tasks are looking at how to automate portions of the workflow and to develop resources to manage content.
The Curator’s Workbench is an open source ingest preparation tool developed at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. It stages material to a server and then material can then be arranged and described. It was created to solve problems faced in submission work flow with the hope that it can dramatically speed up processing for large collections of electronic files with custom metadata. Check out the technical details on the Carolina Digital Repository Blog:
In addition to their email archiving project, Harvard University Library has many projects and initiatives currently underway that deal with preserving digital content.
Harvard University Libraries began planning for an email archiving project in early 2007. The two-year pilot project was undertaken to implement a system for the ingest, processing, preservation, and eventual end user delivery of email, in anticipation of it becoming an ongoing central service at the University after the pilot. In 2010 they published a paper describing some of the unexpected challenges encountered during the pilot project and how they were
addressed by design decisions.
SAA recently published a new campus case study titled On the Development of University Michigan Web Archives: Archival Principles and Strategies. The case study discusses a large-scale website preservation project undertaken by the The University Archives and Records Program (UARP) at the Bentley Historical Library as part of a broader effort to proactively capture and maintain select electronic records of the University of Michigan.
Access the case study here:
SAA has published a recent case study titled Podcasts in the Archives: Archiving Podcasting Content at the University of Michigan which examines the challenges involved in developing best practices and workflows for archiving and preserving podcasting content created by the University of Michigan.