A modern day equivalent of Leonardo’s notebooks? Bringing an “archival mind” to the evolving scholarly record

As I listened in on the #esrworkshop last night, I heard phrases like “the archive,” “digital curation,” and “archival paradigm.” Archivists are experts at intellectually tying together many elements of a whole collection. The collection is not sitting in boxes and volumes lined up on shelves in an institution any more. How can anybody link …

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What does a digital archivist do?

  This post is a follow up to my previous one that described the overall landscape of current job ads for digital archivist positions (many of which are still open as of today). This post lists the range of duties and responsibilities that I’m seeing in these ads, half of which were posted by university libraries, …

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Elusive Quality

We talk a lot about data curation, but rarely about data quality. How do researchers determine if a dataset is appropriate for their intended purposes? They may need to know how the data was gathered (sometimes including the sensor equipment used and how it was calibrated), the degree of accuracy of the data, what null …

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Born Digital for Those Born Analog

The first outcome of an ongoing OCLC Research activity, Demystifying Born Digital, is a report, You’ve Got to Walk Before You Can Run: First Steps for Managing Born-Digital Content Received on Physical Media. Jackie Dooley and I submitted a draft of this document to some of the smartest people we know (see the list here) …

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