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Monday, May 29 • 9:00am - 4:30pm
(Electronic Media) Examining the Composition and Structure of Digital Collection Objects: Strategies and Guidance for Ongoing Management and Preservation FILLING

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Caring for digital collections is a complex responsibility. Digital preservation is a not a single activity, but a knowledge framework and a suite of activities that stewards carry out on digital collection objects throughout the duration of their care within the custody of a collecting organization. This workshop illustrates the fundamental nature and elements of digital objects, from bits to bytes to formal format structures to file systems to operating systems to interpreting software. This ecosystem of related objects is what in fact constitutes the digital object as a conceptual or information object.

Instructors will demonstrate methods for understanding and interpreting these many technological layers, including how to translate bytes into understandable information based on file format specifications, and how to distinguish file object information from file system information in order to understand the true boundaries of a digital object within a given computer system. Instructors will also demonstrate methodologies for digital object management according to a set of common digital preservation activities, including appraisal, acquisition, characterization, metadata management, fixity management, packaging, storage, and monitoring. Participants will engage in hands-on activities and are encouraged to bring a personal computer.

Cost: $169 



Editor, IASA
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Porter Olsen

Ph.D. candidate, University of Maryland
Porter Olsen is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Maryland studying born-digital and hybrid literary collections under the direction of Matthew Kirschenbaum. Porter was a member of the original BitCurator team serving first as a graduate assistant and then as the BitCurator community... Read More →

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Electronic Media Group

The purpose of the Electronic Media Group is twofold: (1) to preserve electronic art, electronic-based cultural materials, and tools of their creation; and (2) to provide a means for conservators and related professionals to develop and maintain knowledge of relevant new media and... Read More →

Monday May 29, 2017 9:00am - 4:30pm CDT
Toronto Ballroom Level, West Tower
  2. Workshop, Electronic Media