NDSR Boston has selected the five host institutions for the 2015-2016 set of residency projects. The host institutions will be the Harvard Library, MIT Libraries, John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, the University Archives and Special Collections in the Joseph P. Healey Library at the University of Massachusetts Boston, the State Library of Massachusetts.
Resident Applications to NDSR Boston are still being accepted for five residents through May 8, 2015.
- Harvard University – “Preparing for a Trustworthy Repository Certification of Harvard Library’s DRS”
The Harvard Library (HL) seeks a National Digital Stewardship Resident to help with a self-assessment, based on ISO 16363, of the Library's long-term preservation repository, the Digital Repository Service (DRS), to prepare for a trustworthy repository certification.
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology - “Archival Storage: Bringing Holistic Decision-making into Action.”
The NDSR Boston Resident at MIT Libraries in 2015-2016 will be an active participant in an Archival Storage project, working to ensure that digital preservation standards are adhered to as a multi-stage approach is devised and implemented. The project will address both organizational and technological storage requirements and expectations to acquire, preserve, and provide our digital collections as the range and scale of our digital content expands. The Resident will experience a balance of planning to doing, research to practice, organizational to technical issues, and governance to day-to-day operations within a standards-based framework for demonstrating good digital preservation practice.
- John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum – “Preservation of a Legacy: Long Term Digital Preservation at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library.”
The Library maintains a robust digitization program, announced in 2006 and opened to the public in January 2011 to coincide with the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy’s inauguration. The initiative, known as "Access to a Legacy," is a public-private partnership between the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum and the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation. With the original digitization initiative coming to an end over the next few years, Library staff must now plan for an uncertain future. The National Digital Stewardship Residency project will provide the Kennedy Library with the opportunity to examine its current digital asset management infrastructure, to identify any gaps or weaknesses therein, and to start to formulate a long-range digital preservation plan to safeguard its digital assets for years to come.
- State Library of Massachusetts – “Assessment and Workflow Analysis for the Preservation of Born-Digital and Digitized Massachusetts State Publications.”
The State Library is mandated by law to preserve and make available a complete collection of Massachusetts state publications. They have an extensive collection of state documents dating back to the late 18th century. In the past 10 years, agencies have increasingly published materials electronically, bypassing the paper copy. Although agencies are supposed to send copies of their publications, often they are only posted on their websites. It is common for items to disappear from websites after a period of time, so it is imperative that the library capture and preserve these materials. The State Library of Massachusetts seeks a resident to perform a comprehensive assessment of Massachusetts State Government websites for items to permanently preserve and to recommend policies and procedures for processing these materials in the future.
- University Archives and Special Collections in the Joseph P. Healey Library at the University of Massachusetts Boston – “Digital Preservation Planning and Implementation in University Archives and Special Collections at U Mass Boston.”
University Archives and Special Collections (UASC) in the Joseph P. Healey Library at the University of Massachusetts Boston seeks a National Digital Stewardship Resident to develop policies and workflows for the strategic, long-term preservation of digital assets in the department's custody and care. The NDSR program will help UASC strategically use the current in-house platform for cloud-based digital preservation and long-term access. And will prepare UASC for continuing internal digitization projects and existing community-engaged digital history initiatives.
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