Have you ever noticed just how many tools and projects include the word archives? ArchivesSpace, Archivists’ Toolkit, Archivum, Archivematica, Archive-It, Archon… And as if those aren’t enough to keep up with, there are a plethora of other tools to consider …. ePADD, BitCurator, atom, Aeon, ContentDM…
The features and functionality of the various tools can overlap or can be different yet complementary. The software development support and options for hosted services vary widely. The use cases and placement within workflow is fluid often depending on institutional context and content types. This is no huge issue for professionals actively engaged with learning, testing and implementing the various tools. But what about folks who don’t work with these tools every day, but need to know about them? How can our colleagues keep it all straight?
Well, there is likely no one solution to this, but communication is a big deal in complex organizations. One communication effort for IASC has been the digital archives blog, Engineering the Future of the Past (EFP). This summer, Kari also launched a series of presentations for MIT Libraries staff on digital archives and preservation tools. Kari opened the series by talking about the overall digital archives ecosystem, possible workflow options, and tool integration ideas. Then she hosted a few sessions focused on the following tools: Archivematica, ArchivesSpace, atom, and BitCurator. For slides and other details, check out the post on EFP.
On August 28, I presented on ePADD as part of this summer series. I discussed how email can be challenging for archivists and then gave an overview of my experience testing ePADD so far. I hope to share my slides soon (probably on EFP).
If you’re actively communicating with colleagues about emerging digital curation workflows and software, I’d love to hear about your strategies.