Showing posts from September, 2016

File format identification at Norfolk Record Office

This is a guest post from Pawel Jaskulski  who has recently completed a Transforming Archives traineeship at Norfolk Record Office (NRO). As part of his work at Norfolk and in response to a question I posed in a previous blog post  ("Is identification of 37% of files a particularly bad result?") he profiled their digital holdings using DROID and has written up his findings. Coming from a local authority context, his results provide an interesting comparison with other profiles that have emerged from both the Hull History Centre and the Bentley Historical Library  and again help to demonstrate that the figure of 37% identified files for my test research dataset is unusual. King's Lynn's borough archives are cared for jointly by the Borough Council and the Norfolk Record Office Profiling Digital Records with DROID With any local authority archive there is an assumption that the accession deposited might be literally anything. What it means in 'digital terms' is

UK Archivematica group at Lancaster

Earlier this week UK Archivematica users descended on the University of Lancaster for our 5th user group meeting. As always it was a packed agenda, with lots of members keen to talk to the group and share their project plans or their experiences of working with Archivematica. Here are some edited highlights of the day. Also well worth a read is a blog about the day from our host which is better than mine because it contains pictures and links! Rachel MacGregor and Adrian Albin-Clark from the University of Lancaster kicked off the meeting with an update on recent work to set up Archivematica for the preservation of research data. Adrian has been working on two Ruby gems to handle two specific parts of the workflow. The puree gem which gets metadata out of the PURE CRIS system in a format that it is easy to work with (we are big fans of this gem at York having used it in our phase 3 implementation work for Filling the Digital Preservation Gap). Another gem helps solve another problem, g