Over the weekend, Mike, Dallas and I gave a workshop entitled "Introduction to Free and/or Open Source Tools for Digital Preservation" as part of the Personal Digital Archiving 2016 conference. This hands-on workshop introduced participants to a mix of open source and/or free software (and some relatively ubiquitous proprietary software) that can be used via the command line or graphical user interfaces to characterize and review personal digital archives and also perform important preservation actions on content to ensure its long-term authenticity, integrity, accessibility, and security. It was awesome!
After introductions, we discussed:
- Digital Preservation 101
- Tools and Strategies (the hands-on part!)
- Characterizing and reviewing content
- File format transformations (I discussed this a bit in a recent blog post on the theory behind file format migrations)
- Still Images
- Text(ual) Content
- Adobe Acrobat Pro
- Audio and Video
- Metadata for Digital Preservation
- Descriptive Metadata
- Microsoft Word
- Adobe Acrobat
- Technical Metadata
- Preservation Metadata
In case you're interested, we thought we'd make the slides...
available to a wider audience! Enjoy!