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The Productive Scholar: Exploring Archival Collections through Forensically Packaged Disk Images

Topic: Exploring Archival Collections through Forensically Packaged Disk Images
Speaker: Jarrett Drake, Digital Archivist, MUDD Manuscript Library

Date: Thursday, October 23, 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Location: New Media Center (NMC), 130 Lewis Library, First Floor

Jarrett Drake’s slides for this session: 20141023-ps-jmd

Lunch will be provided. To register for this session:
(Registration is not required for attendance, however refreshments may be limited)

The increasingly born-digital nature of archival collections requires that archival institutions incorporate new methods and technologies into their practice. One method archivists employ to preserve and provide access to born-digital materials is to create forensically packaged disk images. Disk imaging, a process adopted from the digital forensics discipline, presents new opportunities for researchers to interpret the past. This talk will discuss these emergent practices and how they impact scholars and users of archives.

Jarrett M. Drake is the Digital Archivist at the Mudd Manuscript Library. His responsibilities include preserving and providing access to analog and born-digital collections of the University Archives as well as contributing to the University Library’s long-term digital preservation infrastructure. Jarrett holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Yale College, and a Master of Science in Information Science from the University of Michigan.

The Productive Scholar: Best Practices for File and Data Management

Topic: Best Practices for File and Data Management455164167
Speakers: Willow Dressel and Carla Zimowsk

Time: Thursday, March 27, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pmLocation: HRC Classroom, 012 East Pyne, Lower Level

Lunch will be provided. To register for this session: http://bit.ly/FileDataPractices
(Registration is not required for attendance, however refreshments may be limited)

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Willow Dressel and Carla Zimowsk will be “tag-teaming” this co-presentation on data matters central to all researchers. File Management: Whether gathered directly from archives or downloaded from online sources, digital research material can often wind up in a disorganized mess on your hard drive or in the “cloud,” impossible to easily locate again.  An old archivists saying claims “You don’t own it if you can’t find it!” Carla Zimowsk will focus on strategies and tools for keeping your digital research materials organized and discoverable. Data Management: More and more digital data are being used and created in the course of research, yet often little thought is given to managing this data for collaboration, future use, or preservation. Planning ahead for data management is the best way to address these needs. Willow Dressel will discuss creating data management plans and the importance of documenting your data.

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The Online Akira Kurosawa Archive

akira_kurosawa_archive.pngThe Akira Kurosawa Archive is a website that hosts around 20,000 items that contain manuscripts, screenplays, clippings, photos, notes, and other items about the director. The Japanese director was famous for directing the films Rashomon, Seven Samurai, and Ikiru. The archive is hosted by the Ryukoku University Digital Archives Research Center. The archive is in Japanese. To learn more or to view the archive, click on the link below:


The Shakespeare Quartos Archive

shakespeare_logo.pngI recently came across the Shakespeare Quartos Archive. It is a digital online archive that "is a digital collection of pre-1642 editions of William Shakespeare’s plays. A cross-Atlantic collaboration has also produced an interactive interface for the detailed study of these geographically distant quartos, with full functionality for all thirty-two quarto copies of Hamlet held by participating institutions."

The project was made possible with the support of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC).

What’s really nice about this digital collection is the ability to download the XML, view the images, and view the HTML for each item in the archive. To check it out or learn more, click on the link below: