Guest posting today is Ben Goldman, Digital Programs Archivist at the American Heritage Center. His work regarding accessioning Born-Digital Archives makes extensive use of the Duke Data Accessioner, and represents an excellent first step toward dealing with legacy digital media. What Ben calls a ‘baseline set of requirements for a very humble electronic accessioning process’ represents an implementation similar in concept to the steps I outlined in the recommedations section of this blog.
Using What Works: A Practical Approach to Accessioning Born-Digital Archives
by Ben Goldman, Digital Programs Archivist, American Heritage Center.
At the American Heritage Center we have established a remedial process for accessioning born-digital material, a process informed and constrained by the particular born-digital material we’ve acquired (mostly disks), the limited resources and technical infrastructure at our disposal, and even the time I have to dedicate to this issue (which is, officially, 20% of my time). These limitations are realities that have so far stunted our ability to manage the born-digital material we’ve acquired.