Much of the day-to-day work in digital preservation is in the technical realm: moving files, checking for file integrity, understanding and implementing processes for ingest and so on. While some archivists can closely collaborate with computer programmers and IT departments, many institutions do not have the resources and will need to build technical skills on their own. Even when an IT department exists, not all needs of digital-based archival work can be fulfilled in a timely manner, thus having an archivist or digital archivist who can empower themselves with handy scripts and practical experience in the command line becomes essential.
This workshop will be an intensive two-days of demonstrations and practical exercises, starting with the command line interface, tools demonstration, and working up to, on day two, an introduction to Python scripting. As a part of the application, you will have an opportunity to express your level of experience and expectations, so please do not let the technical nature of the workshop intimidate you! Even though the second day will be geared toward intermediate users, we are interested in meeting the workshop participants where they are, be that through demonstrations or practical exercises.
Learning objectives include an introductory level of familiarity with the command line interface, where many digital preservation applications are run from. The participants will come away with an understanding of Homebrew (Mac) and Winget (Windows), how to navigate a file system using basic commands including listing files in a directory, creating a new directory, permissions issues, and where files are located. The second half of the first day will then be devoted to tool demonstrations and exercises, covering av-specific tools, such as FFmpeg and Mediainfo, as well as utilities like rsync, which allow the user to automatically copy files from one place to another, and Bagit, which is used regularly in many digital preservation repositories and environments.
The second day will be focused on learning what scripts can do to help facilitate the work of a digital preservation practitioner. What is a programming language and what is its utility for everyday work, and what makes Python particularly useful? The basic concepts will be covered, and then move on to utilizing some example scripts in scenarios like, generating file manifests from folders of files, generating custom technical metadata reports with MediaInfo, and transcoding videos. A preliminary agenda for the workshop can be accessed here. Prerequisites are listed in the application.
This workshop is being hosted by the Digital Preservation Outreach & Education Network (DPOE-N) in partnership with New York University Moving Image Archiving & Preservation (MIAP) program. It is being offered tuition-free, thanks to generous support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
The application gives the participant the option to apply for one or both days of the workshop:
- Day one will be technical and hands-on, but less intensive, and will be limited to 25 participants.
- Day two is more technologically intensive and will be restricted to 15 participants.
The application for this program is now closed.
The deadline to apply was June 9, 2021.
Applicants must be located in the United States or US territories. Successful applicants will be notified by Tuesday, June 15, 2021.
Brendan Coates (day one) is a gardener, fermentation enthusiast, member of the Los Angeles Tenants Union, and the Sr. Archivist at Academy Oral History Projects, where he’s worked since 2018, focusing on all aspects of post-production, archiving, preservation, and access. Prior to this, he worked as the Audiovisual Digitization Technician at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he supervised the migration of a variety of materials, from “wax” cylinders to DigiBetas. He’s a graduate of the University of Michigan’s School of Information and has been working with open-source software since 2012, primarily focused on workflow and quality control automation.
Benjamin H. Turkus (day two) is the Assistant Manager of Audio and Moving Image Preservation at NYPL. He’s an adjunct professor at New York University, where he holds an MA in Moving Image Archiving and Preservation. Previously, he was the Preservation Project Manager at the Bay Area Video Coalition.
Nick Krabbenhoeft (day two) is a digital collection manager and educator with experience in libraries, archives, and museums. Nick works as the digital preservation manager at the New York Public Library where he manages born-digital and digitized collections. He also teaches courses in digital collection management with a focus on tool experimentation and ethics discussions.
As cultural production and communication have moved online, the need for archivists to document history in real time has become increasingly clear and urgent. Yet the scale and complexity of online information and media can be daunting, even as web archiving tools and practices continue to evolve. And while large institutions are able to devote staff to keeping pace with new technologies and their attendant ethical concerns, small-to-mid sized organizations frequently rely on archivists who already handle many other responsibilities for this work. How does one design a web archiving program that meets the demands of our time with the resources at hand?
This two-day workshop is designed to provide an introduction to web archiving fundamentals and tools for archivists seeking to initiate web archiving programs within their organizations and communities that are grounded in ethical practices and scaled to their resources. Attendees will learn about current projects and advances in the field, and receive practical guidance on drafting collecting policies based on institutional mission and capacity, as well as hands-on instruction using open source tools. Participants should come away with a firm grounding in the principles and tools needed to sustainably advocate, plan for, and implement web archiving in their institutions. No previous experience in web archiving is required.
This workshop is being hosted by the Digital Preservation Outreach & Education Network (DPOE-N) in partnership with the Pratt Institute School of Information. It is being offered tuition-free, thanks to generous support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
The application for this program is now closed.
The deadline to apply was Monday, June 7, 2021.
Applicants must be located in the United States or US territories. The program will be limited to 25 participants, so we recommend that you do not wait to apply. Successful applicants will be notified by Friday, June 11, 2021.
Sumitra Duncan is head of the web archiving program at the Frick Art Reference Library. In this role she manages the web archiving program of the New York Art Resources Consortium (NYARC), which consists of the Frick Art Reference Library and the libraries and archives of the Brooklyn Museum and the Museum of Modern Art. She co-founded and co-coordinates the Web Archiving Special Interest Group of the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) and the Archive-It New York Users Group. She has previously led web archiving workshops for the Frick’s Digital Art History Lab, the Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO), the ARLIS/NA Annual Conference, and The New School’s Parsons School of Design. She holds an MSLIS from Pratt Institute with Advanced Certificates in Archives and Museum Libraries and a BA in English from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Amye McCarther is an arts archivist and media conservator based in New York, where she serves as President of the Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York (ART). Her experience has included directing archival programs, digital preservation initiatives, and film and audiovisual collections processing for museums and artist foundations, including the New Museum, the Merce Cunningham Trust, the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, the Judd Foundation, the Whitney Museum, the Harry Ransom Center, the Joan Mitchell Foundation’s CALL Project, and others. Her media preservation projects have received grant funding from the Society of American Archivists, the CLIR Recordings at Risk program, and the Andy Warhol Foundation. She holds an MSIS in Archives and Preservation from the University of Texas at Austin, and a BFA in Studio Art and Creative Writing from the University of Houston.