OSSArcFlow

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Researching Archival Workflows for Born-Digital Content

Project PIs and Team

PIs

  • Christopher “Cal” Lee (UNC SILS)
  • Sam Meister (Educopia Institute)
  • Katherine Skinner (Educopia Institute)
  • Kam Woods (UNC SILS)

  • Team

  • Kelly Stewart, Sarah Romkey (Artefactual Systems)
  • Laney McGlohon (ArchivesSpace)
  • Courtney Vukasinovic (Educopia)
  • Paul Jones (University of North Carolina)
  • Gary Marchionini (University of North Carolina)
  • Cristóbal Palmer (University of North Carolina)
  • Arcot Rajasekar (University of North Carolina)

  • Partners

  • Atlanta University Center, Robert W. Woodruff Library
  • District of Columbia Public Library
  • Duke University
  • Emory University
  • Kansas Historical Society
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Mount Holyoke College
  • New York Public Library
  • New York University
  • Odum Institute
  • Rice University
  • Stanford University


    Project Abstract
    The Educopia Institute, in collaboration with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Information and Library Science (UNC SILS), LYRASIS, and Artefactual, Inc., are investigating, synchronizing, and modeling a range of workflows to increase the capacity of libraries and archives to curate born digital content. These archival workflows will incorporate three leading open source software (OSS) platforms—BitCurator, Archivematica, and ArchivesSpace—and the project will be designed to generate findings that can be generalizable to settings that are using other platforms and applications.

    This project will significantly impact curation practices by increasing our understanding of how institutions of different sizes and types may engage in OSS tool integration and workflow development. Our findings will be used to support a broad range of libraries and archives actively collecting and curating digital content. The knowledge gained by working with multiple institutions of different types and sizes will also broaden field-wide understanding of curation approaches and priorities, and how those impact the use of tools and capabilities in Archivematica, ArchivesSpace, and BitCurator. We expect the empirical findings about institutional needs, as well as formal workflow models, to contribute to digital curation research literature.

    This project has been generously funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.