Friday, May 08, 2015

Digital Curation Tools & Techniques

Digital Curation Tools & Techniques. Nancy McGovern.  Webinar: Metropolitan New York Library Council. April 2015.
This is a recording of Nancy's excellent webinar and it goes along with the management tools website.  As organizations build sustainable digital preservation programs, they work toward being a trusted digital repository by following emerging digital preservation standards. There are now a number of tools to help with technical issues and now some management tools to help with organizational issues. The Digital Preservation Management workshop launched a set of management tools and techniques.

This webinar looks at using a set of digital curation and preservation principles to describe a  framework for developing a digital preservation program. The organizational aspects of digital preservation is more challenging than the technological issues. This helps people to work with tools and techniques, develop good practices, emphasize the organizational aspects and apply the 5 stages:
  1. Acknowledge: understanding that digital preservation is a local concern
  2. Act: initiating digital preservation projects
  3. Consolidate: segueing from project to basic program
  4. Institutionalize: rationalizing local efforts to establish a comprehensive program
  5. Externalize: embracing inter-institutional collaboration and dependency
Each tool and technique is built on the DPM model, the three-legged stool (Organizational Leg, Technological Leg, and Resources Framework) with the five stages of development for a sustainable digital preservation program. There is a tool or technique to help organizations in each of these areas:
  1. Principles: Adopt standards-based principles 
  2. Policy: Develop a high-level policy framework 
  3. Scope: Complete a digital content review to define program scope
  4. Workflow: Document workflows to improve and automate 
  5. Preparedness: Extend disaster preparedness to include digital
  6. Self-assessment: Engage in self-assessment to gauge progress

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