01 

Introduction to Digital Technology and Preservation

September 5, Tue 6-10p

Topics
Introduction: Goals, syllabus, assignments, course overview
Introduction to digital technology and preservation
How computers work: Part 1, Hardware
Brief history of digital technology & computing 1930-1995

Lab
Class exercise: Technology timeline, 1995 and beyond

Readings
ALA Freedom to Read Statement & Bill of Rights 
Clark & Steadman: Alan Turing's Legacy (WIRED)
Digitizing Contemporary Art: Bit Preservation & Logical Preservation
Martin: What is a Digital File?

Recommended/Reference
DP Workshop Digital Technology and Preservation Timeline


02 

History of Digital Preservation, Intro to OAIS

September 12, Tue 6-10p

Topics
Brief history of digital preservation efforts and initiatives
OAIS reference model, history, and context

Lab  *Bring Laptops to Class*
Introduction to the class USB boot drive
Follow along exercise: Navigate file systems with the command line, create files, create folders, list files and directories (pwd, cd, mkdir, touch, ls, etc.) 
Individual exercise: Create your own directory structures and files based on a theme of your choice. Create an inventory report with "ls".

Readings
Besser: Moving from Digital Collections to Interoperable Libraries
Rosenthal: Requirements for Digital Preservation Systems
Digital Preservation Management Workshop: Sections 1–3 (note: alternate link is here)
Lavoie: The Open Archival System Introductory Guide (sections 1 – 5)

Reference
1996 Task Force on Archiving of Digital Information
Reference Model for an Open Archival Information System (The Magenta Book)

 

Lab Exercise Files
w2-excercise-files.zip


03

Operating Systems & Computing Environments

September 19, Tue 6-10p

Topics
How computers work: Part 2, Software
Computing foundations and digital preservation: UNIX and GNU/Linux
Free Software Movement and Open Source Software

Lab  *Bring Laptops to Class*
Demo: nano
Follow along exercise: Write a bash shell script using nano
Individual exercise: Create a bash shell script using ATOM (GUI) with a prepared script to perform a batch process (ffmpeg, disk usage, df, etc.)

Readings
Finley: Linux Took Over the Web. Now, It’s Taking Over the World (WIRED)
Kelty: Two Bits: The Cultural Significance of Free Software (Chapter 3 only) 
Lyons: Introduction to Using the Command Line

Recommended
Raymond: The Cathedral and the Bazaar

Lab Exercise Files
w3-lab-files.zip
w3-test-media.zip

 


04

NDSA Levels of Preservation, Digital Format Identification

September 26, Tue 6-10p

Topics
NDSA Levels of Preservation
File identification and format sustainability
Characteristics and Specifications of digital files

Lab  *Bring Laptops to Class*
Follow-along exercise: File analysis using JHOVE, DROID, Mediainfo and Exiftool
Team Exercise: Comparing results from mediainfo, exiftool, and DROID. Research file sustainability with:
           Sustainability of Digital Formats – Planning for Library of Congress Collections

Readings
NDSA Levels of Preservation
Peltzman: Expanding NDSA Levels of Preservation

Lacinak: Primer on Codecs
Jackson: Formats Over Time, UK Libraries

Recommended/Reference
Rosenthal: Formats Through Time, DHSR Blog
Library of Congress: Sustainability of Digital Formats (Introduction, Sustainability)

Lab Exercise Files
w4-lab-files.zip
additional files


05

Data Integrity, Fixity, & Transfer

October 3, Tue 6-10p

Topics
Safe file transfer and maintaining data integrity
Fixity and checksums for preservation of audiovisual digital objects

Lab - Bring Laptops to Class
Follow along exercise: File transfer (cp, mv, rsync)
Follow along exercise: Fixity and checksums (md5,  sha1, hashdeep, framemd5)

Readings
Baily: Protect Your Data (The Signal)
Rice: Reconsidering Checksums
Havemeyer-King: Trojan Dots and DIY Solutions (NDSR Blog)

Lab Exercise Files
w6-lab-files.zip


06

Data Storage: Architecture & File Systems

October 10, Tue 6-10p

Topics
Digital File Systems and Storage Media
Servers and Storage Architecture

Lab  *NO LAPTOP NEEDED*
Legacy digital storage formats: Old Media Lab with Ethan Gates

Readings
Google – Pinheiro, Weber, Barroso: Failure Trends in a Large Disk Drive Population
Glicksman: Storage Architectures and Network
2017 NDSA Storage Survey & Report

Recommended/Reference
Backblaze – Klein: What Can 49,056 Hard Drives Tell Us?


07

Intro to Web Archiving

October 17, Tue 6-10p

Topics
Introduction to the Internet and World Wide Web, Web Architecture and Preservation
Web Preservation and the Internet Archive

Lab - Bring Laptops to Class
Internet Archive-led Archive-IT training webinar
Rhizome Webrecorder demo
Create WARC files using wget command

Readings
Summers: Web as a Preservation Medium (Medium)
Lasar: 25 Years of Hypercard (Ars Technica)
Berners-Lee: WorldWideWeb Executive Summary
McKeehan: Symmetrical Web Archiving with Webrecorder (NDSR Blog)
ArchiveIt: Five Challenges of Web Archiving

Recommended/Reference
Archiving Social Media Sites  
Fino-Radin: Rhizome Preservation
Glossary of Web Archiving Terms  

Lab Exercise Files
w7-lab-exercises.zip



09 🎃

Preservation Metadata

October 31, Tue 6-10p

Topics
Introduction to preservation metadata
PREMIS, METS, and XML

Lab
No lab – Students will give Assignment #1 presentations

Readings
Caplan: Understanding PREMIS
Amaral: METS for Transferable Metadata

Recommended/Reference
PREMIS Data Dictionary
Lavoie, Gardener: Preservation Metadata

Lab Exercises
w9-lab-exercises.zip


10

Digital Repository Design & Microservices

November 7, Tue 6-10p

Topics
Guest Speaker: Dinah Handel – Microservices
Digital Repository Design and Asset Management Strategy

Readings
Spalenka: Some Assembly Required: Micro-services and Digital Preservation
Handel: 
Data Migration, Digital Asset Management and Microservices at CUNY TV
Cramer & Kott: Designing and Implementing Second Generation Digital Preservation Services (Standford Univeristy)


Lab - Bring Laptops to Class
Follow-along exercise: Create file system reports and reconcile backups using lsdiff and FileMerge


11

Topics 
Guest Speaker: Rachel Mattson – Post Custodial Archiving
The Five Organizational Stages of Digital Preservation

Lab - Bring Laptops to Class
Interactive legacy software and the infrastructure of the web: Old Media Lab with Ethan Gates

Readings
Kenney, McGovern: Five Organizational Stages of Digital Preservation
Rosenthal: Half-Empty Archive (DSHR Blog)
Rosenthal: Half life of digital formats
                 Resources from Rachel Mattson
                 Boyle: The Atrocity Files: Deciphering the Archives of Guatemala's Dirty War
                  Mattson: Resources and Links


Lab Exercises
w12-lab-exercises.zip

Post-Custodial Archiving and Sustainability

November 14, Tue 6-10p


12 🦃 

Digital Repositories: Sustainability, Policy and Trust

November 21, Tue 6-10p

Topics
Guest Speaker: Seth Anderson - TRAC and the TRAC Checklist    
Sustainability and policy for digital preservation environments
LOCKSS and CLOCKSS
The future of digital preservation and repositories

Lab
TBD

Readings
TRAC Checklist (read pages 1–8, skim/review remainder of document)
Rosenthal: TRAC Audit, Lessons Learned (DSHR Blog)
What is LOCKSS? and LOCKSS Preservation Principles
The CLOCKSS Archive and What is the Difference Between LOCKSS and CLOCKSS?
Center for Research Libraries: Certification Report on CLOCKSS
Lavoie: The fifth blackbird


13 🎥

AMIA

November 28, Tue 6-10p

 

No Class
Students in New Orleans for Association of Moving Image Archivists Conferenc


14

Final Project Presentations

December 5, Tue 6-10p

DUE – In Class
Assignment #2 Presentations

Last class!


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Final Papers Due

December 8, Fri 6p
 

DUE – Email: FRIDAY, December 16th, 6pm
Assignment #2 Papers

Last day of Fall 2017 classes
Friday, December 15, 2017