Symposium Countdown Day 03!
We are counting down the days until the symposium by promoting the abstracts of the presentations that will be given during the event on Friday February 13th, 2015!
Richard Pearce-Moses, Director of the Master of Archival Studies program at Clayton State University in Morrow, Georgia, will be presenting from 3:15 pm to 3:45 pm:
Symposium Abstract: Much of the literature of digital curation and preservation is complicated and intimidating to the average archivist, especially those at smaller institutions with limited resources. They may be experts at word processing, spreadsheets, and maybe know a little about web markup. They’re sophisticated consumers of technology, but often don’t understand what’s going on under the hood. Tools like Dspace, Archivematica, JHOVE, BagIt, and BitCurator are completely alien. OAIS and TDR are just acronyms. And, they feel guilty that they don’t have the skills necessary to appraise, acquire, or process contemporary electronic records. They know the future’s history is being lost because they don’t know where to start. Creating and sustaining a robust, trustworthy digital archives is hard work. The problems are complex, and even more perplexing as technology evolves and presents new problems. Rather than letting the perfect be the enemy of the possible, archivists don’t have to be stymied because they can’t build an ideal system. Instead, a “guerilla approach” looks for short-term tactics – inexpensive, simple steps that can help archivists move in the direction of the strategic ideal. A guerrilla approach doesn’t require archivists to become programmers or database developers. However, digital archivists need basic technical skills that – in many ways – parallel traditional archival functions, starting with appraisal and acquisition through to storage and access. Pearce-Moses will discuss some of the basic skills digital archivists need and how to learn those skills through productive play.