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SAA Preserving Digital Archives (DAS)

  • Monday, July 15, 2013
  • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • National Archives at New York City
The Archivists Round Table is pleased to co-sponsor "Preserving Digital Archives" with the Society of American Archivists:

Course Description:

What do you need to know to preserve born-digital materials successfully once they’ve crossed the archives threshold? With an emphasis on modern records and technology, you’ll learn about the concepts and competencies you need to construct and administer digital archives. You’ll examine accepted digital archives models and implementations and emerging standards of practice, as well as preservation metadata schemas and their use in digital archives.


Upon completion of this course you’ll be able to:

  • Describe core concepts – best practices, vocabulary, and standards – related to preserving digital archives;
  • Take the steps necessary to plan a digital preservation program;
  • Discuss the basics of technical and preservation metadata, including relevant standards and tools; and,
  • Identify a range of digital preservation systems and establish a set of criteria for evaluating them.

Who should attend? Archivists, records managers, and other information professionals who are or will be responsible for the preservation of born-digital materials.

Participants are expected to have an understanding of basic archival principles and practices and intermediate knowledge of computers and digital records management.

Attendees may bring a laptop to participate in the course if they choose to. A laptop is not required.

We recommend that course participants take advantage of SAA’s online, on-demand Web seminar, “Thinking Digital,” before attending the course, as it provides an excellent foundation for the course. “Thinking Digital” is a DAS Web seminar that fulfills one of the Foundational tier requirements for the DAS Certificate.

This course is one of the Tactical and Strategic Courses in the Digital Archives Specialist (DAS) Curriculum and Certificate Program!  If you intend to pursue the Certificate, you'll need to pass the examination for this course. Please follow Option 1 to access exam information.

The DAS Core Competencies Addressed in this Course:

#3: Formulate strategies and tactics for appraising, describing, managing, organizing, and preserving digital archives.

#4: Integrate technologies, tools, software, and media within existing functions for appraising, capturing, preserving, and providing access to digital collections.

Attendance is limited to 30.

To register please go to the SAA website: http://saa.archivists.org/events/preserving-digital-archives-concepts-and-competencies-1421/412/

Please note that early bird registration ends on June 15th. In addition ART members will receive $25 off from the non-member rate.

Thank you to the National Archives at New York City for graciously hosting this workshop.


questions? communications@nycarchivists.org
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