Thursday, 3 June 2010

DigCCurr Professional Institute 2010

During the week of May 16th – 21st, I attended the DigCCurr Professional Institute: Curation Practices for the Digital Object Lifecycle, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The week-long course was entirely focused on best practices for digital preservation and curation with a balance of theory and hands-on labs using some of the common tools for the assessment of files and for the creation of curation workflows. The participants were a wide-array of librarians and archivists from all parts of the United States. The faculty (listed below) are, for the most part, well known in digital curation circles. I found this week of study to be entirely relevant to my work for the AIMS project and I would make the recommendation that this course would be highly useful to those engaged in archival processing, preservation and/or data curation.

The DigCCurr faculty are as follows:

UNC Chapel-Hill: Dr. Helen Tibbo, Dr. Cal Lee, Dr. Richard Marciano, & Carolyn Hank University of Michigan: Dr. Nancy McGovern University of Toronto: Dr. Seamus Ross University of Cologne: Dr. Manfred Thaller

Highlights of the Institute, aside from meeting a bunch of energetic and forward thinking librarians and archivists, was the focus on the importance of creating policies for one's institution for digital preservation & curation and the opportunity to get an overview of some of the tools that have been developed to help stewards of digital content manage their collections responsibly.

For those of you keen on drafting policies in regard to digital preservation and digital curation, both ICPSR and OpenDOAR provide examples of policies that can be used as guidelines for your institution. Curious about the readiness of your institution's repository to manage digital curation activities? DRAMBORA (Digital Repository Audit Method Based on Risk Assessment) is a tool meant for assessing risk associated with an institutional repository in terms of its readiness to manage curation activities. TRAC (Trusted Repositories Audit & Certification) provides a suite of tools for the audit, assessment, and potential certification of digital repositories. It establishes documentation requirements for an audit, outlines a process for certification, and establishes a framework for determining the sustainability of digital repositories. Auditors come from the outside of your organization.

I could go on (but I won't) since the week was packed with great hand-on labs and lectures. If you're interested in getting more information you can certainly contact me. One last thing I'll add is this; although this wasn't part of the formal program, I did have the opportunity to learn about a new project underway in Vancouver called Archivematica. It's an open source set of tools knit together for the management and preservation of born digital collections and archives. The 0.6 alpha version was just make available for download a couple of weeks ago - Check it out! And if you want an assessment from January 2010, check out Chris Prom's blog.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Liz - I just saw this shout-out to Archivematica in Vancouver - Thanks! .7 is coming soon - look for it in the fall.

    Looking forward to seeing you in the January 2011 DigCCurr session.