[Archivesspace_Users_Group] Describing Born-Digital Materials in ArchivesSpace

Kari R Smith smithkr at MIT.EDU
Wed Jul 30 10:16:01 EDT 2014

Hi Kate,
At MIT Institute Archives, we are looking into how we will use ArchivesSpace to for accessioning and describing our digital collections, especially as they are part of hybrid physical and digital collections.  I’d be happy to talk with you about what we’ve learned so far and what our plans are to build our capacity as that of the tool grows.  We’ll be interested in what you are learning about using Events for tracking processing activities and how that might jive or not with external metadata of the same type that might be generated by other processing tools.

Will you be at SAA?  If so, maybe we can begin a conversation there?  Contact me off-line if you’d like to discuss this further.


Kari R. Smith, Digital Archivist
MIT Libraries, Institute Archives and Special Collections
617-258-5568  |   smithkr (at) mit.edu

From: archivesspace_users_group-bounces at lyralists.lyrasis.org [mailto:archivesspace_users_group-bounces at lyralists.lyrasis.org] On Behalf Of Kate Tasker
Sent: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 5:15 PM
To: ArchivesSpace Users Group
Subject: [Archivesspace_Users_Group] Describing Born-Digital Materials in ArchivesSpace

Hello, ASpace Implementers!

We are excited to start accessioning and describing our born-digital collections in ArchivesSpace, and expect that some of you have also started or are contemplating this process. We're eager to develop our guidelines and workflows to reflect and contribute to emerging community practices, and to have a conversation around this work.

If your institution is using ASpace to manage born-digital materials, would you be willing to discuss some of your experiences and procedures, either on- or off-list?

In particular, we are looking at strategies for using Resource Records to describe mixed analog/digital collections and to manage multiple types of digital records within one collection (email, website, images, text files, etc.). We're also exploring how we can use Events to track disk imaging, migrations, fixity checks, and other digital preservation actions.

Any thoughts, suggestions, recommended resources, or examples would be welcomed.

Many thanks,

Kate Tasker
Digital Archivist
The Bancroft Library
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
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