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A Guerrilla Approach to Digital Archives

  • 14 Mar 2014
  • 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Georgia Archives, Morrow, GA
  • 1


  • GA Archives staff

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This one day workshop will introduce archivists to digital archives, explaining the basic concepts of curating and preserving electronic records in terms of traditional archival practice.  Participants will learn practical things they can do to acquire, preserve, and provide access to electronic records with limited resources and technical expertise. 

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.  At the same time, archivists don’t have to build an ideal system.  Instead, a “guerrilla approach” looks for short-term tactics – inexpensive, simple steps that can help archivists move in the direction of the strategic ideal.  Breaking digital archives into smaller pieces makes the problem manageable. 

In this workshop, participants will discuss the core functions of digital archives and how they parallel traditional archives. Which records should be selected and acquired?  How should those records be arranged and described?  How should they be housed and preserved?  And what about access?  Participants will learn how their existing knowledge can be adapted to digital archives.

The facilitator, Richard Pearce-Moses, will lead participants through a series of questions, call for possible solutions, and suggest some of his own.

To get the most from the workshop, participants should understand the fundamentals of archival practice – appraisal and selection, arrangement and description, housing and preservation, reference and access.  They should have a good computers skills – word processing, browsing the  web, email, copying and renaming files, and creating folders.  They do not need more advanced knowledge, such as programming, database design, programming, or web design.  (Individuals with experience in digital archives or advanced skills are welcome to come and contribute to the conversation!)

About the instructor

Richard Pearce-Moses was a practicing archivist for thirty years before coming to Clayton State University to teach in the new Master of Archival Studies Program in 2010.  He is a Certified Archivist and a Fellow of the Society of American Archivists. In 2007,  he received the Frederick G. Kilgour Award for Research in Library and Information Technology, and in 2009 the Library of Congress named him a Digital Preservation Pioneer. 

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