Stirling hosts digital archives conference

ARA(S) present The Born (Digital) Identity

Friday 1st June 2012, Stirling Management Centre, University of Stirling

A one-day conference presented by Archives and Records Association (Scotland) with the support of the Scottish Council on Archives. Focussing on the management and preservation of born digital archives, this event will bring together experts in the field who will offer practical advice for those facing the challenge of dealing with born digital material.

The AGM of ARA(S) will also be held during the day and the event will be followed by an evening reception in the beautiful surroundings of the Management Centre’s Conservatory. Cost (payable on the day):  £30 for ARA members, £40 for non-members (this includes all presentations, catering and evening reception). We would ask all those intending to attend to please register in advance of the event. To register, email Jane Petrie, Secretary ARAS:

Conference programme:

10.00 – 10.30: Coffee and registration

10.30 – 12.15: Morning Session:

  • “Don’t Panic! An introduction to born digital records” – Sharon McMeekin (Digital Preservation Coalition)
  • “An Update from the National Records of Scotland” – Susan Corrigall & John Simmons (National Records of Scotland)
  • “An Update from RCAHMS: trustworthiness, preservation and dissemination, and available repository software solutions” – Emily Nimmo (RCAHMS)

12.15 – 1.00: Lunch

1.00 – 2.15: ARA(S) AGM (including presentation from Marie Owens, ARA)

2.15 – 5.15: Afternoon sessions:

  • 2.15 – 3.00: “Preserving Moving Pictures and Sound: An overview of the latest DPC Technology Watch Report” – Richard Wright (Audiovisual preservation specialist and former technology manager of the BBC Archives)
  • 3.00 – 3.30: “The use of file validation tools in the University of St Andrews digital archive for research data” – Swithun Crowe (St Andrews)
  • 3.30 – 4.00: Tea / coffee
  • 4.00 – 4.30: Parallel session (a): Practical demonstration of DROID file format identification tool – Swithun Crowe (St Andrews)
  • 4.00 – 4.30: Parallel session (b): “Twitter for Archivists and Archives” – Kiara King (Ballast Trust)
  • 4.30 – 5.15: Panel discussion and Q&A

5.30: Evening BBQ


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