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ERIC Number: ED564846
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jun
Pages: 37
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 2
ISBN: 978-1-55653-454-6
Walk This Way: Detailed Steps for Transferring Born-Digital Content from Media You Can Read In-House
Barrera-Gomez, Julianna; Erway, Ricky
OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc.
This document is a companion to the report, "You've Got to Walk before You Can Run: First Steps for Managing Born-Digital Content Received on Physical Media." Like the "First Steps" report, the intended audience is those who are just starting to manage born-digital materials, from those wondering where to begin, to those who are actively planning their archival workflow. This paper takes the reader to the point where the digital content has been successfully transferred and preliminary processing of the files has begun. It ends with sample workflows to help readers conceptualize the process, resources that may provide additional avenues of learning and research, and ways to become engaged in the digital archives community. The advisors who helped with the "First Steps" report had offered a lot of ancillary recommendations not ultimately included in that report in order to keep it brief and simple. This experience-based advice forms the basis of this document, which describes the steps in more detail, and suggests software, tools, and resources for learning more about each step. The authors aimed to keep these steps as basic as possible to accommodate the various skill sets and resources that readers (including non-archivists) may have. These steps are a guide to the transfer of born-digital material from media and the documentation of what was done to the digital files. This guide presents these steps as discrete phases of workflow, with a variety of standalone tools for each phase of the most basic workflow, while pointing to more all-inclusive tools to meet larger-scale accessioning needs.
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Media Staff
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: OCLC Research