My Transforming Archives traineeship at Norfolk Record Office has come to an end. Looking back I realise how fruitful my time was in Norwich, devoted mainly to exploring the world of digital preservation and, by sheer chance, connecting with my roots.
For over nine months I was part of a fantastic Skills for the Future programme that enabled me to develop my skills within the professional environment of an accredited archive service.
The focus of my traineeship was digital preservation and digitisation. On the first week of my traineeship I was given a copy of the Open Archival Information System (OAIS) manual and I had no idea what was in store for me when I happily took to reading it! Since I have experience with audio-visual records and digital assets management systems, I was tasked with investigating a technical solution to the problem of managing digitally born archives that have been deposited with the record office.
OAIS is a functional model and compliance standard for any archive that needs to preserve, manage and make digital records accessible. When developing a digital preservation strategy it can act as a benchmark. It is important to follow best practice and find a digital preservation system that will fulfil the requirements of OAIS standard. I have written more in depth on my work in Norfolk Record Office’s blog, which explains what considerations were taken into account before deciding to investigate further archivematica, an open source digital preservation system. The poster I presented at the ARA conference this year provides a summary of this. Continue reading »