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Digital Preservation For Real Archivists Sslh 2009

  1. 1. Digital Preservation for Real Archivists Huddersfield University 19 October 2009 http://www.flickr.com/photos/intherough/3470183543
  2. 2. <ul><li>Over 850 Years Old </li></ul>Over 850 Years Old
  3. 3. 10 Years Old … and obsolete Ditto was released by Iomega in the 1990s as a tape-based backup storage device. It was discontinued in 1999.
  4. 4. Obsolescence <ul><li>Hardware </li></ul><ul><li>Software </li></ul><ul><li>Storage Media </li></ul>http://www.flickr.com/photos/_boris/3263102133
  5. 5. Digital Fragility http://www.flickr.com/photos/dishu/142859035 http://www.flickr.com/photos/ljw/790781877
  6. 6. http://www.flickr.com/photos/broterham/460351536
  7. 7. “ A decidedly analogue approach to a digital problem” http://www.flickr.com/photos/poodleface/513964717
  8. 8. <ul><li>Survey what you’ve already got </li></ul><ul><li>Document it: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>File types & software versions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Storage Media </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>System documentation / user manuals </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Consider what you would like to get (in an ideal world) & how you would like to get it: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Preferred file formats list </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Depositor guidelines and education </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Digital archives deposit documentation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Protocols for copying and transfer </li></ul></ul>Be Prepared http://www.flickr.com/photos/melbournemermaid/2597121990
  9. 9. Impress your techies - Show them you’re serious! Portrait of a Gentleman Techie, after Thomas de Keyser http://www.flickr.com/photos/notionscapital/2496369741
  10. 11. Get over the originality complex! <ul><li>Information + Provenance can trump originality </li></ul><ul><li>Copying for preservation (migration) has a long and distinguished heritage </li></ul><ul><li>What does ‘original’ mean in a digital world anyway? </li></ul><ul><li>Understand and accept the idea of ‘reasonable loss’ </li></ul>
  11. 12. MLA Yorkshire E-Bulletins - A Practical Example
  12. 13. “ I never have these types of problems with digital” <ul><li>Don’t panic at the format and overcomplicate – look for simple solutions that are ‘good enough’ </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Make multiple copies (ideally store one copy on a server that is backed up) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Research software tools and preservation services (eg PRONOM http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/pronom) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Archival theory is still relevant. Develop new procedures alongside traditional workflows. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Don’t start with long obsolete material – it’ll be much harder </li></ul><ul><li>Deal with reality, not with ‘what ifs’. </li></ul><ul><li>Do not underestimate your expertise with regards to cultural factors/interpersonal skills vital to digital preservation (eg privacy concerns, depositor liaison) </li></ul><ul><li>Do appreciate your limitations but understand others are in the same boat! Document, document, document – and look for help. </li></ul>http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeremymates/2559586321
  13. 14. The Preservation Chain <ul><li>Doesn’t five years always come first? </li></ul><ul><li>You don’t need to aim for ‘forever’. </li></ul><ul><li>Just the next generation of recordkeepers. </li></ul>http://www.flickr.com/photos/intherough/3470183543 “ Digital information lasts forever, or five years – whichever comes first” Jeff Rothenberg
  14. 15. <ul><li>Alexandra Eveleigh </li></ul><ul><li>Collections Manager </li></ul><ul><li>West Yorkshire Archive Service </li></ul><ul><li>PO Box 5 </li></ul><ul><li>Nepshaw Lane South </li></ul><ul><li>Morley </li></ul><ul><li>Leeds </li></ul><ul><li>LS27 0QP </li></ul>http://www.flickr.com/photos/-bast-/349497988/

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