MSU Digital Curation Planning

August 17, 2010

Digital Curation Planning Project Featured in Presentation at Archivists’ Annual Meeting

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On August 13, 2010, Lisa Schmidt delivered a presentation that featured the MSU Digital Curation Planning Project as part of a session at the Society of American Archivists (SAA) annual meeting in Washington, DC. Schmidt, electronic records archivist at the Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections,  was project manager of the Digital Curation Planning Project. Entitled “It’s Different with Digital: Influencing Curation Policy When There’s No Mandate to Curate,” the presentation explored how archivists can use their traditional skills and experience to guide and create curation policy for digital material at their institutions even when they do not have formal custody of that material. The Digital Curation Planning Project was showcased as an example of how archivists at Michigan State University are taking on this new role.

Other presentations in the “Archivist 2.0:  Policies, Partnerships, Predictions, and Possibilities” session included “Preserving Digital Public Television: Creating an Environment for Archiving” by Nan Rubin of Thirteen/WNET New York and “From Here to Infinity! The Future of Archives Inspired by the Imagination of Under-Twenty-Somethings” by Joanne Kaczmarek of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign Archives. Cynthia Ghering, director of the MSU Archives & Historical Collections, moderated the session.

Click here to view a PDF of Schmidt’s presentation: SAA 2010 Presentation

MSU Digital Curation Planning Presentation at DC Research Forum

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On August 10, 2010, Cynthia Ghering, director of the Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections, and Lisa Schmidt, electronic records archivist at the MSU Archives, delivered a presentation on the MSU Digital Curation Planning Project at the annual Society of American Archivists (SAA) Research Forum in Washington, DC. Ghering and Schmidt are team chair and project manager of the project, respectively. The presentation covered all aspects of the project, including its evolution, methodologies, results, and recommendations/next steps. More than 100 archivists and researchers attended the Research Forum, and presentations covered topics in digital preservation and electronic records management as well as the use of business process management in the archives, new approaches to finding aids, digital curation governance education, and repository copyright management.

Ghering and Schmidt also presented a poster on the MSU Archives’ new NHPRC-funded Spartan Archive initiative during the Research Forum’s poster session. The Spartan Archive will be a permanent repository for the university’s records of enduring value.

Click here to view a PDF of the presentation, “Digital Curation Planning at Michigan State University”: SAA Research Forum 2010

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