What’s in a digital archivist’s skill set?

This post follows on my previous two that described 1) the overall landscape of current job ads for digital archivist positions, many of which are still open as of today, and 2) the range of duties and responsibilities that I’m seeing in these ads. Today’s post describes the skill sets being required by hiring institutions. As …

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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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News flash: Jobs await talented digital archivists!

I’ve been watching job postings for digital archivists to get a sense of the responsibilities and skill sets being required these days, and it’s really interesting to see how the landscape has changed in the past couple of years. What was once a trickle of digital archivist positions, most of them vaguely defined, has gradually …

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Are born-digital archives still mystifying you?

Here at OCLC Research we’re always eager to find ways to ensure that our projects have strong positive impact on our professional community, and we’ve clearly hit the mark with our Demystifying Born Digital work agenda. I was reminded of this yesterday upon seeing the news that SAA’s Manuscript Repositories Section is going to reprise its …

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Trust in Digital Repositories – best IDCC conference paper

I am delighted that a paper titled “Trust in Digital Repositories” co-authored by my OCLC Research colleague, Ixchel Faniel, was given the best conference paper award at the just-concluded International Data Curation Conference in Amsterdam. Okay, she had help. Co-authors are Elizabeth Yakel (University of Michigan School of Information) with Adam Kriesberg (UMSI) and Ayoung …

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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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Reimagining the Archive

A couple of weeks ago the UCLA Film & Television Archive hosted “Reimagining the Archive,” a three-day conference that brought together archivists, scholars, artists, creators of digital humanities projects, and assorted others to hear about a wide-ranging array of digital initiatives. While there was a certain focus on the moving-image realm, the papers went far …

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