Explaining Digital Forensics for Collecting Institutions

As a Charter Member of the BitCurator Consortium, the MIT Libraries in involved in outreach and education about how digital forensics can be used for understanding digital material and making it accessible.  As a collecting repository, the Institute Archives and Special Collections department of the Libraries has been utilizing and testing digital forensics tools and methods for the past three years.

Kari Smith, Digital Archivist, is a member of the BitCurator Consortium Executive Board and is on the Advisory Board for the BitCurator Access project.  Through her BitCurator Community work, Smith has recently participated as an instructor along with Nancy McGovern and Cal Lee for an advanced Digital Preservation Management Workshop focused on Management Considerations for Digital Forensics: Implementing Tools and Techniques into Digital Preservation Workflows.

Smith will be presenting a three-hour hands-on workshop on using the BitCurator environment for the MIT IAP winter session on Firday January 22, 2016.  Register for IAP Digital Forensics 1/22/16

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Presenting Digital Archives and Preservation Tools and Systems!

Digitalbevaring.dk is a Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 Denmark license. Image: Jørgen Stamp.

Digitalbevaring.dk is a Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 Denmark license. Image: Jørgen Stamp.

In an effort to inform my colleagues and keep myself up to date about the tools and systems we are using or assessing for our digital archives collections I have been giving open presentations to MIT LIbraries staff.

The first presentation was an overview of our needs, ecosystem, and a brief summary of each of the seven tools/systems to discuss.  Here is the presentation file:   DATools_MIT_overview_pt1

Other presentations covered basics about ArchivesSpace, Archivematica, Access to Memory (atom), and BitCurator and how we are thinking about where they fit in our Digital Archives Ecosystem.

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Resources for archiving your personal digital data

Today I had the pleasure of contributing to the Radio Boston program, hosted by Meghna Chakrabarti and with Bina Venkataraman as her guest.

For information about how to preserve your digital data follow-up with these resources:

Personal Archiving at the Library of Congress
The Signal, blog at the Library of Congress

Taking time each year to go through your digital files and decide what to keep and what to delete can be easier if you do it during Preservation Week.  Check for programs, workshops, and activities happening in your local area.  In 2016, Preservation Week will be April 24-30 and is usually the last week in April.

In April for Preservation Week 2015 at MIT Libraries, Jessica Venlet, Fellow for Digital Archives and I hosted an activity, Connect the Clues! Exploring Personal Archives.  Read her Connect the Clues! blog post about the activity and link to the presentation slides and resources handout. Check out these tips for archiving your content from social media sites, steps for finding, selecting, storing, and managing your digital files, and some information on legal and digital estate planning: Tips for Personal Digital Archiving, ver3.

Thanks to Radio Boston for hosting a great segment on a topic that effects all creators and users of digital data!

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