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What have we got in our digital archive?

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Do other digital archivists find that the work of a digital archivist rarely involves doing hands on stuff with digital archives? When you have to think about establishing your infrastructure, writing policies and plans and attending meetings it leaves little time for activities at the coal face. This makes it all the more satisfying when we do actually get the opportunity to work with our digital holdings. In the past I've called for more open sharing of profiles of digital archive collections but I am aware that I had not yet done this for the contents of our born digital collections here at the Borthwick Institute for Archives. So here I try to redress that gap. I ran DROID (v 6.1.5, signature file v 88, container signature 20160927) over the deposited files in our digital archive and have spent a couple of days crunching the results. Note that this just covers the original files as they have been given to us. It does not include administrative files that I have added, or disse

Harvesting EAD from AtoM: a collaborative approach

In a previous blog post AtoM harvesting (part 1) - it works!  I described how archival descriptions within AtoM are being harvested as Dublin Core for inclusion within our University Library Catalogue. * I also hinted that this wouldn’t be the last you would hear from me on AtoM harvesting and that plans were afoot to enable much richer metadata in EAD 2002 XML ( Encoded Archival Description ) format to be harvested via OAI-PMH. I’m pleased to be able to report that this work is now underway. The University of York along with five other organisations in the UK have clubbed together to sponsor Artefactual Systems  to carry out the necessary development work to make EAD harvesting possible. This work is scheduled for release in AtoM version 2.4 (due out in the Spring). The work is being jointly sponsored by: National Library of Wales University of York Strathclyde University The Mills Archive University of Gloucestershire Glasgow Caledonian University We are also receiving much needed s