Guest Post: Ben Goldman

On June 23, 2011, in Research, by Chris Prom

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.

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Duke DataAccessioner: Review

On October 26, 2010, in Research, Software Reviews, by Angela Jordan

As Chris has noted previously, it is important for archives at ‘small’ repositories to rapidly complete basic archival tasks, like bulk file identification, transfer, and processing.  For a long time, he had been meaning to test out the Duke Data Accessioner.  Last week, he turned the task over to me, as part of a project to process the Ed Kieser Papers.

The “Duke DataAccessioner” is a free, open source program that can be downloaded to your desktop and used to migrate data from physical media or directories and into a dedicated file server/directory structure for preservation, further appraisal, arrangement, and description;  it also provides a way to integrate metadata tools at the time of migration.

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