The Evolution of the Finding Aid: From Document to Data

  • When: Wednesday, May 16, 2018
  • Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. ET (10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. PT)
  • Where: Webinar at http://lyrasis.adobeconnect.com/r9a9jsf5r3g5/
  • Dial-in only option: 888-354-0094 — Access code is 731627
  • No registration required. The session is limited to the first 100 participants. Please feel free to host a webinar viewing group. The webinar will be recorded and available for viewing at a later date.

Webinar description:

Do you find the data model of ArchivesSpace different than how you’re used to thinking of finding aids, and you can’t quite put your finger on why? Have you heard words like “normalized” and “atomized” and wondered how and why they apply to archival data? Do concepts built into ASpace, like archival objects and top containers, seem a bit too unfamiliar to build confidence in your understanding of them? These are some of the areas that will be explored as we trace the evolution of the finding aid from a static, singular document into a collection of linked data points.

In this webinar, Valerie Addonizio will explain the ways that description, both legacy and new, has evolved, especially as it relates to the way information is stored and displayed in ArchivesSpace. A particular focus will be placed on the concepts underlying some of the less intuitive features of ASpace, such as archival objects and container modeling.

Presenters:

Valerie Addonizio (Description Management Archivist, Johns Hopkins University) is an archivist at Johns Hopkins University whose primary responsibility is managing and correcting legacy data and maintaining physical control for all archival holdings. She was tasked with migrating from Archivists’ Toolkit to ArchivesSpace from 2015 to 2016. Prior experience at Princeton University Libraries introduced her to the atomization of EAD, and further eye-opening experiences with the ASpace API led her to develop an API training workshop with Lora Woodford. Valerie hopes to leverage her experience learning these concepts to help narrow the sometimes scary gap between archivists and the technologies they rely on.

Who should attend:

Everyone interested in learning how collection management and description has evolved throughout the profession and how the core features and functionalities in ArchivesSpace relate to that evolution. This webinar will be specifically geared to individuals navigating the change between legacy practices and evolving data models.

Questions?

Please contact Kim at christine.kim@lyrasis.org

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