01 

Introduction to Digital Preservation

September 12, Tue 6-10p


02 

Foundations of Digital Technology and Preservation Practice

September 19, Tue 10a-2pm
721 Broadway, 4th Floor

Topics
Introduction: Goals, syllabus, assignments, course overview
Brief history of digital technology & computing 1930-1995
Basic digital preservation principles

Lab  *Bring Laptops to Class*
Introduction to the bash shell and command line strucutre
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
Rosenthal: Requirements for Digital Preservation Systems
Digital Preservation Management Workshop: Sections 1–3 (note: alternate link is here)
Besser: Moving from Digital Collections to Interoperable Libraries

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

Lab Exercise Files
w2-lab.zip


03

History of Digital Preservation Efforts, Intro to OAIS Model

September 26, Tue 10a-2pm
721 Broadway, 4th Floor


04

NDSA Levels of Preservation, Digital Format Identification

October 3, Tue 10a-2pm
721 Broadway, 4th Floor

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
LOC Sustainability of Digital Formats: Alphabetical File Formats List
w4-lab.zip


05

Data Integrity, Fixity, & Transfer

October 10, Tue 10a-2pm
721 Broadway, 4th Floor

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)

Recommended
Checking Your Digital Content: An NDSA Publication
 

Lab Exercise Files
w5-lab.zip


06

Data Storage: Architecture & File Systems

October 17, Tue 10a-2pm
721 Broadway, 4th Floor


07

Intro to Web Archiving

October 24, Tue 9:30am–1pm
721 Broadway, 3rd Floor, Room 329

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

Lab - Bring Laptops to Class
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.rtf



08 🎃

Preservation Metadata 

October 31, Tue 9:30am–1pm
721 Broadway, 3rd Floor, Room 329

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


9  

Digital Repository Design & Microservices

November 7, Tue 9:30am–1pm
721 Broadway, 3rd Floor, Room 329

Topics
Guest Speaker: Dinah Handel – Microservices

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


10

Post-Custodial Archiving and Sustainability

November 14, Tue 9:30am–1pm
721 Broadway, 3rd Floor, Room 329

Topics 
Guest Speaker: Rachel Mattson – Post Custodial Archiving
Digital Repository Design and Asset Management Strategy

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


11 🦃

Digital Repositories: Sustainability, Policy and Trust

November 21, Tue 9:30am–1pm
721 Broadway, 3rd Floor, Room 329

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

Lab
Tour of Homebrew
Nano text editor demo and exercise

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


12

AMIA 🎥

November 28, Tue 

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



14

Final Project Presentations

December 12, Tue 9:30am–1pm
721 Broadway, 3rd Floor, Room 329

DUE – In Class
Assignment #2 Presentations

Last class!


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Final Papers Due

December 15, Fri 6p
 

DUE – Email: FRIDAY, December 15th, 6pm
Assignment #2 Papers

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