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, Introduction to OAIS Model

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 and create an “ls” report.

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 and 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 script using nano
Individual exercise: Write your own 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: JHOVE, DROID, analysis using Mediainfo and Exiftool
Team Exercise: File specifications and identification with mediainfo, exiftool, and DROID. Format validation with JHOVE. Sustainability research using:
           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


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)
Unix tutorial output 3 & 4 review

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

05

Data Integrity, Fixity, and Transfer

October 3, Tue 6-10p


06*

Data Storage Architecture & Digital File Systems

October 10, Tue 6-10p

Topics
Digital File Systems and Storage Media
Servers and Storage Architecture

Lab  *Bring Laptops to Class*
Follow-along exercise: Hard drive formatting and partitioning
Old Media Lab with Ethan Gates – Legacy digital storage formats

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*

 

Long Term Storage & Container Formats

October 17, Tue 6-10p


08*

 

Topics
Digital physical format digitization (magnetic tape and optical media)
Long Term Digital Storage with LTO and LTFS

Lab - Bring Laptops to Class
Partner Exercise: HDV digitization with DVHSCap, DV25 ingest with LiveCapture Plus
File analysis with DVAnalyzer
Fixity checks with framemd5 and FileMerge

Readings
Rice: Digitization Software Obsolescence, Too?
Video demo: LTO tape recovery from BRU and LTFS

Recommended/Reference
Pease, Amir, et al: The Linear Tape File System
Clipper Notes: LTO tape advantages over disk

Lab Exercises
w8-lab-exercises.zip
w8-lab-video-files.zip

October 24, Tue 6-10p

 

Digital Physical Tape Formats

October 24, 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

09 🎃

Preservation Metadata

October 31, 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 workshop

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

10

Intro to Web Archiving

November 6, Tue 6-10p


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

Lab
Ethan Gates: Old Media Lab

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
 

11

Digital Repositories: Sustainability, Policy and Trust

November 13, Tue 6-10p


Topics 
Guest Speaker: Rachel Mattson – Post Custodial Archiving
The Five Organizational Stages of Digital Preservation
The future of digital preservation and repositories

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

Readings
Kenney, McGovern: Five Organizational Stages of Digital Preservation
Rosenthal: Half-Empty Archive (DSHR Blog)
Rosenthal: Half life of digital formats
Lavoie: The fifth blackbird
                 
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

12 🦃 

Post-Custodial Archiving and Economic Sustainability

November 20, Tue 6-10p


13 🎥

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

AMIA

November 27, Tue 6-10p


DUE – In Class
Assignment #2 Presentations

Last class!

14

Final Project Presentations

December 4, Tue 6-10p


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

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Final Papers Due

December 11, Fri 6p

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