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Born Digital Working Group: Configuring FRED

This post was written by Eric Cartier and also appears on the Special Collections blog.

In mid-March, the Tools subgroup met FRED, our Forensic Recovery of Evidence Device. The subject lines we’ve shared since then (e.g., “tinkering with FRED today”) reflect the approach we’re taking:  careful, playful, open-minded. We marveled at all the ports, laid out and photographed the various cables and adapters included in the toolbox, and took turns at the keyboard. . . . Continue Reading

Developing Policies for a Digital World

Before getting to the first post from our Policy & Procedures Group, I’d like to sharing a link to Jennie Levine Knies’ “Alas, poor Metadata!” post. I neglected to post it at the time it was written–sorry, Jennie!

The following post was written by PoliProc members Robin Pike and Joanne Archer.

The Born-Digital Working Group, Policies and Procedures subgroup, has spent February examining the changes we will need to make to existing policies to accommodate born digital material. . . . Continue Reading

The Born Digital Working Group Divides and Conquers

Back in October, we introduced the MITH/UM Libraries Born Digital Working Group (BDWG) with a post about processing the Bill Bly Collection.  Since then we’ve firmed up our goals (“start collecting/working with diverse born digital materials in the libraries”  being a bit nebulous and… huge) and divided ourselves into sub-groups to conquer them. Goals and groups decided upon, we’re going to try to give bi-weekly updates on our work, cross-posted to the MITH and Special Collections blogs. . . . Continue Reading

Digital Curation Workstation

A few weeks ago I began putting together MITH’s new digital curation workstation. The primary reason for the workstation was to build a testbed for the BitCurator environment, an open source suite of digital forensics (DF) tools that have been repurposed for the curation of born-digital materials. While there are commercial DF workstations available on the market (for example, see Digital Intelligence’s FRED system), their cost can be prohibitive, especially compared to the ever-diminishing cost of desktop workstations. . . . Continue Reading

We Descended: Processing the Bill Bly Collection with the UMD Born-Digital Working Group

This post was co-authored by members of the Born-Digital Working Group.

In early September of 2012 the University of Maryland Libraries and the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH) joined forces to launch its Born-Digital Working Group. As a vehicle for leveraging some rapidly emerging institutional strengths in processing and maintaining born-digital collections, as well as conducting research around the challenges associated with those activities, the group was a natural way to give those efforts some internal structure and coherence. . . . Continue Reading

Progress Update on the Modern British Archive

After a brief pause to reevaluate resources, aims, and methods, the Modern British archive of the Foreign Literatures in America project is back on track and slowly making progress. I’ve recently come to appreciate even more Peter Mallios’ previous blog posts comparing the FLA project to a sea voyage, both in terms of the excitement it holds for potential discovery and in terms of the daily routine of rote, occasionally monotonous, activities that it takes to sail a ship…or build an online archive. . . . Continue Reading