2014/15 Hosts and Project Summaries


NDSR Boston has selected the five host institutions for the 2014-2015 set of residency projects.  The host institutions will be the Harvard Library, MIT Libraries, Northeastern University Archives and Special Collections, Tufts University and WGBH. The National Digital Stewardship Residency program seeks to develop the next generation of digital stewardship professionals, through funded, post-graduate residencies.  Residents will have the opportunity to complement their education with practical real world experience working on interesting digital stewardship projects at host institutions in the Boston area. 

The NDSR-Boston program is being administered by Harvard Library in collaboration with MIT Libraries. The project is supported by generous funding from the Laura Bush 21st Century Library Program of the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The first round of NDSR residencies in Washington D.C., administered by the Library of Congress is approaching the conclusion of the first cohort.  The NDSR-Boston project seeks to test the D.C residency model, together with a New York metropolitan area implementation administered by the Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO), in partnership with the Brooklyn Historical Society.

  • Harvard University – “Format Migration Plans and Framework for Harvard Library”

The Harvard Library (HL) seeks a National Digital Stewardship Resident to design a format migration framework that will be tested against three actual use cases – Kodak PhotoCD images, RealAudio files and SMIL audio playlists. This framework will be used to plan and execute the migration of obsolete files held in the Library's long-term preservation repository - the Digital Repository Service (DRS).

  •  Massachusetts Institute of Technology  - “Making Music Last: Preservation Planning for 'Music at MIT' Digital Audio Content”

Music is the second most popular minor at MIT and "Making Music Last" NDSR project is an ideal next step at MIT Libraries for an ongoing project to inventory, digitize, preserve, and make available the treasured audio documentation of Music at MIT.

  •  Northeastern University – “Channeling streams of Archival records: Northeastern University

Northeastern University’s University Archives and Special Collections seeks a National Digital Stewardship Resident to assist Archives and Information Technology staff with managing the ingest and accessioning of digital assets into the Libraries’ Digital Repository Service (DRS).  This Resident will develop workflows for the three main categories of material offered to UASC: recently born-digital, legacy born-digital, and digitized.

  •  Tufts University – “Institutional Knowledge of Research Data at Tufts University”

Tufts University proposes a National Digital Stewardship Residency project that would focus on exploring strategies for Tufts to gain a more complete understanding of the research data produced by its faculty, research staff, post docs, and graduate students. In particular, this project would focus on investigating and testing strategies for producing metadata objects that represent Tufts-created research datasets and managing those representative objects in Tufts’ Fedora-based institutional repository.

  •  WGBH - “WGBH Digital Media Preservation Project”

Through this residency the resident will become aware of the challenges and issues faced with audio-visual digital asset management and preservation, particularly the challenges faced when working with production staff who are responsible for delivering the final productions to the archive.  Additionally, the resident will gain experience managing digital assets through the lifecycle – accessioning, ingest, metadata management, preservation planning, and access. By month 8, the resident will have developed a skill-set for audio-visual digital curation, which will be shared with other stakeholders in the public media industry in the form of a webinar and training kit.

Resident Applications to NDSR Boston are still being accepted for five residents through May 30, 2014. Both NDSR-NY and NDSR-Boston will support a second round of five residencies each in 2015-16.

For more information and complete project details please visit:

Harvard Library

MIT Libraries

Northeastern University Archives and Special Collections

Tufts University