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Kryoflux-athon – the scores are in!

Well, its been a very…dexterous day…fingers and hands flipping between 2 sets of screens, two mice and piles of discs but at the end of it we managed to image 65 discs (averaging 13 per hour). This time included labelling each disc with a unique number and logging that disc as having been imaged, with […]

International Digital Preservation Day – Kryoflux-athon 2017!

Back in July I posted the great news that we’d purchased a Kryoflux, along with 5.25″ drives, to enable us to read the growing number of disks we’re finding in our collections. Following that acquisition we, on Halloween, hosted our own first ‘Bring out your dead’ day, where staff popped into our Digital Triage Unit […]

Quarantine PC set up

It’s like christmas here at the CRC!

So today I received more toys to play with… In addition to receiving funding to purchase a Kryoflux I was also able to purchase some additional kit to complement our growing forensic workstation. At present our quarantine PC is not backed up through the university’s regular back up procedures owing to the fact that 99% […]

Kryoflux board

Old dog…new tricks!

A few weeks ago – and with some money left in the kitty – I made a pitch to purchase some additional equipment to build on established procedures in place for handling physical media in the collections. At present we have the capacity to capture, quarantine and virus check items on CDs, DVDs, flash storage […]

ArchivematiCamp 2017

ArchivematiCamp UK was a 3 day annual conference held at the University of York. It’s purpose is to bring together organisations and institutions who are either interested in using Archivematica for the long term preservation of digital records, or those who are testing or who have Archivematica in a production environment. This year’s camp was […]

Equality-and-Diversity

Here’s an interesting question…how do you build accessibility into your digital preservation service?

I recently attended training on Equality Impact Assessments here at Edinburgh University to enable me to better understand our obligations, under the Equality Act, in the provision of our digital preservation service. The session was thoroughly enlightening and got me thinking much more deeply about how we ensure the methods that we use for discovery […]

Questions, questions!

Appraising digital collections…how do you do it?

We have recently recruited, as part of a wider project, an archivist to look specifically at the thorny issue of appraisal, both of non-digital and digital collections. In doing so our plan is to develop a methodology and set of criteria that can be applied to collections that require some degree of assessment. Naturally, digital […]

Building up our digital preservation service

On the 14th December last year the Centre for Research Collections, at the University of Edinburgh, welcomed colleagues from Court Services to witness the ingest of the first corpus of digital records through our digital preservation system, Archivematica. This represents a huge step the University has now taken to begin to address the issue of […]

School of Information, University of Michigan

ArchivematiCamp 2016

This year Artefactual organised their inaugural user conference, ArchivematiCamp, kindly hosted by the University of Michigan, School of Information in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The event ran from August 24th – 26th and was open to any organisation/institution that was either using, or thinking of using, Artefactual’s digital preservation system, Archivematica. Both myself and my colleague, […]

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