Date Changed from Monday, August 1, to Sunday, July 31. ***
Fees: Advance / Regular
SAA Members: $205 / $265
Employees of SAA Member Institutions: $235 / $295
Nonmembers: $265 / $325
(1 day, .75 CEUs; 1 DAS, 5 ARCs)
For archivists working in contemporary collecting institutions, basic digital skills are essential. As technology makes it easier to create text, image, audio, and video files and archivists continue digitizing analog collections, the impact of electronic records on our work only increases. For archives, there is a heightened risk of loss or inability to access these records if basic computing skills for ingest, management, and preservation are not acquired as part of the archivist’s toolkit.
In this course you will learn hands-on skills for working with digital archival objects at the most basic levels: files, data, and the computer operating systems in which they live. These basics establish manual and automated capacities for protecting the bits, automating/extracting metadata, and preparing for the next steps of building and managing digital archives. You will get an overview of the landscape of digital collections in archives, including digitized materials, born-digital acquisitions, and the various approaches employed in the field to acquire, stabilize, describe, store, and preserve collection content. And you will learn simple methods to deconstruct file formats in order to understand the difference between file metadata and file system metadata. More specifically, you will receive an introduction to and hands-on training in the use of command line programs for working with files and metadata that come included with many operating systems, as well as additional GUI and command line tools such as MediaConch (previously MediaInfo), ExifTool, MDQC, NARA FileAnalyzer, DataAccessioner, Bulk Extractor, Bagger/BagIt/Exactly, and Fixityall tools that support identification, transfer, storage, metadata generation, and monitoring of digital collections. You will come away with a clear knowledge of how to use computers' natural languages, how to combine multiple tools and skills, what role these play in collection management workflows, and a sense of how to implement their use. Participants will be required to use a laptop with all applications downloaded and installed in order to participate in hands-on exercises.
All applications are available free of charge on the Internet. A list of applications and file sets will be distributed to participants.Upon completion of this course, you'll be able to:
- Articulate the basic functions and components of computers, computer applications, and their salient features.
- Describe the basic composition of an individual digital file and how computers and software create and work with them.
- Identify applicable data and metadata that enable a digital file to be understood, preserved, and used.
This course is less about a specific processing approach and more about providing archivists with basic computing skills that will help them make use of any tools that come their way and will help them speak the native language of the computing environments in which files (archival objects) reside.Who Should Attend?
: Archivists, Managers, Practitioners, Museum Professionals, and Records ManagersAttendance is limited to 35.