Two new webinars for 2013: Strategies for Preserving Electronic Records

In January and February 2013, we will be offering our first-ever training on the topic of digital preservation.

We are excited to be able to develop this training and have given careful thought to the scope and content of each one. Ultimately, we decided to offer two webinars: one for anyone needing a primer on the subject, and one for digital content managers — people who are actually taking in electronic records and need to know the basics of what to do with them.

We’re calling the two-part series “Strategies for Preserving Electronic Records” …and we need your help. Many of you have requested “more advanced” training in electronic records management; now we’re asking for specifics. Please take a moment to review our draft webinar descriptions below and tell us: is there something we’re missing, or something we shouldn’t focus on? Then, take a minute to leave a comment or email us by Wednesday, December 5th.


Strategies for Preserving Electronic Records, Part 1: Introduction

January 24, 2013

Computer Museum

Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA (photo by Joe Lares)

This webinar is for anyone interested in the challenges of digital preservation. All are welcome, whether you’re a records liaison carrying out records management at the departmental level, an organization-wide RMO needing to develop basic training on preserving digital content, or someone who is just interested in an introduction to the topic.  We will make a case for the importance of paying special attention to digital records, explaining why they are more fragile than their paper counterparts from a preservation perspective. Then we will discuss some recommended file formats for saving digital records (text documents, images, and audiovisual recordings) with long-term value, such as PDF/A, JPEG2000, and other “persistent formats.” The webinar will introduce the concept of metadata (with a discussion of file naming) and explain its importance, then conclude with recommendations for storing archival digital information. Register for this free webinar at: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/166479826


Strategies for Preserving Electronic Records, Part 2: Managing Digital Content

February 20, 2013

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Windows cannot open this file… Photo by Paul Wheatley. From the Flickr pool Atlas of Digital Damages, http://flic.kr/g/jKsAK

The second webinar will be intended for managers of digital content.  Because state agencies and local governments cannot transfer records to the State Archives, they must manage archival records on their own. What does a records manager need to know about electronic archival records?*  This webinar will discuss preservation strategies (digital and analog) of digital records, including migration, normalization, emulation, and printing to hard copy.  We will talk about first steps for accepting digital content into your care, such as defining the scope of what you will collect, creating backups, and checking for accuracy of data.  We will conclude by providing information on continuing education opportunities for digital content managers. Register for this free webinar at: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/162681890

*This webinar is meant to provide an introduction to managing digital content. More advanced training for digital content managers is available through the Society of American Archivists’ Digital Archives Specialist [DAS] program.


Please share this with others and reserve your webinar “seat” today. We hope to hear from you, and we look forward to tackling the digital preservation challenge with you in 2013!

3 thoughts on “Two new webinars for 2013: Strategies for Preserving Electronic Records

  1. Looks interesting. I remember the question coming up at our training about keeping the dates from changing when you transfer data. You know how it shows “date modified” but that date might be totally different if it originally came from a different device? Please make sure to address that issue if you can.

  2. About one hour for each. I think we’re going to have to spend most of the hour on the presentation, with any Q&A at the end pushing it a little later. But they have each been scheduled as one-hour presentations.

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