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Optimising Workflows for Digital Archives

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Room G010, Hardiman Research Building

National University of Ireland, Galway

H91 REW4 Galway

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The rationale for this event is to encourage focussed debate around the postulate that traditional archival description is inappropriate for dealing with the torrent of material in our respective digital archive processing pipelines. In what circumstances is it appropriate to replace traditional archival description with alternative streamlined approaches, e.g. mass digitization, OCR, and perhaps a modern full-text search facility?

To answer these questions, this event will present three institutional workflows reflecting local practice with a view to collective learning, knowledge sharing and ideally, the capture of an emerging consensus around the different patterns encountered and the optimal workflows for dealing with them. We've added two external vendor presentations into the mix – one, rooted in praxis and a wide-range of archival subject areas, the other, in developing advanced solutions for unlocking value from digital content and data. Two brief sessions introduce the topic, one of which will present the results from the recent CONUL Digital Scholarship survey.

The running order on the day is as follows:

11:00 - 11:15 Introduction

11:15 - 11:30 Brief overview from the CONUL Survey of Digital Scholarship

11:30 - 11:45 NUIG digital archives workflow overview

11:45 - 12:00 UCD digital archives workflow overview

12:00 - 12:15 UL digital archives workflow overview

12:15 - 12:45 The robots are watching - how archivists can adapt and survive as a profession Martin Bradley, Archives Ireland

12:45 - 13:45 Luncheon

13:45 Digirati's emerging cloud based workflow. Tom Crane, Digirati

14:45 General discussion, consensus capture and review

16:00 Close

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National University of Ireland, Galway

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