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METRO - Digital Preservation Webinar Series

  • Wednesday, May 05, 2021
  • 4:00 PM
  • Tuesday, June 01, 2021
  • 5:00 PM
  • Online

METRO (Metropolitan New York Library Council) is excited to announce their upcoming series of webinars exploring digital preservation. Topics include Digital Asset Management, Disk Imaging, Emulation, and Reproducibility. Special thanks to METRO's speakers, CUNY-Graduate Center’s Stephen Klein, and New York University’s David Millman for their assistance developing this series.

Register and find more information about each session below.

Digital Asset Management: Theory & Practice

Wednesday, May 5th, 4:00pm – 5:00pm

In this webinar, Milo Thiesen will present digital asset management (DAM) best practices. They will review the differences between a DAM system and a digital preservation system. The webinar will include an overview of the DAM Maturity Model and OAIS information packages, as well as the NDSA Levels of Digital Preservation 2.0. The second half of the webinar will include demos of open source tools that can be used outside of a given system such as BagIt, hashdeep, DROID, Exiftool, MediaInfo, tree, Siegfried, and ClamAV.

Milo Thiesen (they, them) is currently serving as the Media Asset Manager in the Archives and Records Management department at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. With over ten years of experience in media management, Milo has worked on five different digital asset management systems for cultural heritage and educational institutions including Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The American Museum of Natural History, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Most recently, Milo co-authored a piece with Alexandra Nichols, Conservator, Time-based media at Tate titled “A Cross-Departmental Collaboration to Improve Digital Storage at The Metropolitan Museum of Art” which is forthcoming in the American Institute of Conservation’s (AIC) Electronic Media Review.

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Introduction to Disk Imaging

Wednesday, May 12th,  4:00pm – 5:00pm

Disk imaging is an important tool in the digital preservation toolkit. But what is a disk image, how do you make one, and why might it be useful at your institution? This webinar will break down the structure of a disk image, the types of images you can create, and other options for reformatting digital media. Participants will learn strategies for prioritizing media and identifying risks, as well as identify hardware and software tools that can help. By the end of the webinar, participants will be able to create a basic disk imaging workflow for objects in their collections.

Annie Schweikert is a digital archivist at Stanford Libraries, where she processes, preserves, and makes accessible born-digital archival collections. She is a graduate of the Moving Image Archiving and Preservation (MIAP) program at New York University.

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Clippy is Dead, Long Live Clippy: Emulation as a Strategy

Tuesday, May 25th, 4:00pm – 5:00pm

While commonly associated with retro video game hobbyists, emulation can be a powerful and essential tool for providing access to legacy digital material. Using emulators, archivists and librarians can mimic obsolete and incompatible software on their current computers, recreating the environments in which older files were originally created and used. In this talk, Ethan Gates will discuss the history of emulation as a computing technology, the hidden dependencies it can address in digital collections, and current efforts by the EaaSI (Emulation-as-a-Service Infrastructure) program and the Software Preservation Network to make emulation a practical solution for heritage and memory institutions of many shapes and sizes.

Ethan Gates lives in Amherst, MA and works remotely as a Software Preservation Analyst for Yale University Library and User Support Lead for the Mellon and Sloan Foundation-funded EaaSI program. He currently volunteers with the Software Preservation Network and the Association of Moving Image Archivists, and is a former member of XFR Collective.

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Supporting Research Reproducibility

Tuesday, June 1st, 4:00pm – 5:00pm

In this session, Vicky Rampin (Librarian for Research Data Management and Reproducibility at New York University) will discuss open scholarship and reproducible research practices, and how librarians and archivists can make a difference in the sustainability of research. This session doesn’t require any prior knowledge of data librarianship, reproducibility, digital preservation, or open scholarship, but aims to provide a holistic overview of how these manifest in our scholarly communities.

Vicky Rampin is the Librarian for Research Data Management and Reproducibility and the subject specialist for data science at NewYork University. In her role, Vicky supports researchers of all levels and disciplines in creating well-managed, reproducible scholarship. Her research centers on integrating reproducible practices into the research workflow, advocating openness for all research materials, and contributing to open infrastructure. She works on Taguette, a free and open source qualitative data analysis tool, and ReproZip, a free and open source tool for full computational reproducibility.

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Questions? communications@nycarchivists.org

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