Guest author: Jessica Rayman
MSLS Student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
CurateGear is a one-day, digital curation conference held annually at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The event “focuses on digital curation tools and methods” in an effort to bring professionals together to share their research and developments. This year’s CurateGear took place January 14 with 65 participants from around the United States and a few from overseas. The topics of the day included professional needs and strategies, data and repository management, new processes and workflows, collection management and description, hosted and distributed services, media and disk images, and observations and implications. With such a variety of topics, CurateGear serves as a great introduction into the digital curation discipline for students or those just beginning in the field, as well as providing relevant information and new approaches for the established professional.
The day began with an overview of the day’s events and a session on “Professional Needs and Strategies.” Carolyn Hank of the University of Tennessee in Knoxville presented on the impact of digital curation tools in the classroom, which looked at digital curation syllabi to determine if a set of “core” readings and authors existed in the classroom. Alex Nelson from the National Institute of Standards and Technology discussed “Navigating Unmountable Media with the Digital Forensics XML File System.” Nelson proposed treating a file listing from an outdated operating system like a file system using DFXML, avoiding special software and allowing for the use of a normal interface. Other presenters and their topics included Matthew Kirschenbaum, “Researching the Literary History of Word Processing: Lessons Learned”; Susan Malsbury and Don Mennerich, “Documentation of Born Digital Collections in a Centralized Processing Environment”; Dorothy Waugh, “Teaching Files: Incorporating Born-Digital Materials into Instruction”; Bradley Glisson, “Global Positioning System Evidence: Its Impact and Implications for Digital Curation”; and Mark Evans, “Integration of Collections Management and Digital Preservation.” Continue reading