XVII International Congress of IFRAO, May 26-31, 2013

The Center for Digital Archaeology is pleased to participate in theĀ XVII International Congress of IFRAO, May 26-31, 2013.

FORUM|WORKSHOP From Digitization to Preservation: Digital Collections, Needs and Challenges.
This is a two part forum/workshop that emphasizes key issues and challenges in the life cycle of digital collections from digitization and digital capture to preservation and access. The forums will engage the IFRAO community on three intersecting sets of issues that embody the digital cultural heritage lifecycle:

Moving from physical to virtual: Digital representations and born-digital materials making
Where does it all go? Hard drives and cloud repositories
Digital Stewardship and Sharing. Planning for long term (10+ years) preservation and access to digital heritage

This forum|workshop was initially designed for the 2013 Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries and Museums (ATALM), sponsored by the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS), to be held from June 10-13, and is further informed by the training program designed for the Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSi), which will take place June 6-10. An essential finding when designing successful preservation workflows is accounting for all the stakeholders who may have rights to, or interests in, the physical objects and the digital files that represent them

The issues around the long-term care and sustainability of digital heritage, especially in community/stakeholder contexts, should resonate fully with IFRAO, especially when it comes to 21st century techniques in digital documentation.

You are encouraged to come with your questions and expertise to participate in a lively and crucial set of discussions.

To get the most out of the forum|workshop, please pre-register through our pre-conference survey, so we can best adjust the sessions to your needs.

We will be posting all news and information on the blog site, www.codifi.org/events/ifrao-2013/

Part 1: Digital Preservation Workflows Forum
Location: Cozumel Room
Time: Friday, May 31, 8-10am

Moving from physical to virtual: Digital representations and born-digital materials making. Best practices for producing archival quality digital surrogates of cultural heritage, digitizing documents, video, images, maps, etc. Planning for access (most granting agencies are not funding mass digitization projects that don’t plan for access and archiving these days). Outcomes: Clear advice on what to digitize, where/how/who to get it done (from DIY to full service and partnering).

Where does it all go? Hard drives and cloud repositories. Decisions, discussions, tradeoffs for how to keep digital content ‘born-archival’, safe, secure and shareable. Content Management vs. Collections Management.
Outcomes: Understanding of tradeoffs/risks/options for different hosting scenarios. Partnerships with trusted repositories and other organizations that can help support. Training options.

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Part 2: Cultural Management Systems and Digital Heritage Workshop. An Introduction to Mukurtu CMS
Location: Cozumel Room
Time: Friday, May 21, 10:30 – noon

Forum Continued: Digital Stewardship and Sharing. Planning for long term (10+ years) preservation and access to digital heritage. Managing access. This is the heart of the matter for many communities who want to keep their content safe, and share it on their own terms, while still taking advantage of the state-of-the-art in content management. Outcomes: Content Management options (including Mukurtu CMS), best practices in digital stewardship, new partnering opportunities.

As more communities are gaining the ability to produce and store digital heritage content, there needs to be an increasing amount of care and security placed around allowing this content to live in the digital world.

Mukurtu CMS is a free and open source content management solution for Indigenous communities, museums, archives and libraries to share, license and curate their digital heritage. Mukurtu is built on top of the powerful, secure, free and open source Drupal 7 content management system. Leveraging the power of Drupal 7, Mukurtu CMS creates a custom management solution specifically designed for the cultural, ethical and legal needs of Indigenous peoples globally.

In this introductory workshop, participants will learn what Mukurtu is, how it works and decide firsthand if it’s the right tool for them. Topics include:

* features overview
* installation overview
* add and manage cultural protocols
* add and organize content
* manage content and media
* define and manage groups
* manage users access and roles
* get support
* give feedback
* get informed on updates

REGISTRATION:

To get the most out of the workshop, please pre-register through our pre-conference survey, so we can best adjust the curriculum to your needs. If you decide that Mukurtu CMS meets your needs we will work with you to help you decide the best hosting solution for your community needs.

Mukurtu CMS is designed to be configurable to your local needs and easy-to-use. A basic understanding of content management systems and digital management is helpful, but anyone interested in this topic will benefit from the workshop.

Sponsored by the Center for Digital Archaeology and the American Rock Art Research Association.

The Center for Digital Archaeology is a California 501 c(3) non-profit company affiliated to UC Berkeley. Our staff is composed by archaeologists and cultural heritage professionals, scholars from Berkeley, and technologists specialized in cultural data and media management. We focus on efficient data designs and workflows for effectively integrating cutting-edge digital technologies into the practice of archaeology and cultural resource management. Together with consulting with colleagues and institutions on data and media management workflows, we are developing two great products, Codifi and Mukurtu, that solve the main problems we have in managing cultural heritage data: digital data integration and sharing/preservation.

 

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