Digital Curation Strategies and Procedures
The resources on this page are intended to provide transparency about the Bentley Historical Library's management of digital materials and to serve as resources for members of the digital curation community.
- Brief overview of procedures run as part of the Bentley Historical Library's archival processing of digital materials.
- Workflow diagram depicting the lifecycle of born-digital materials received by the Bentley Historical Library from accession through deposit in a long-term repository.
- Overview of file format conversion strategies employed by the Bentley Historical Library to ensure that born-digital materials remain accessible and functional for the foreseeable future. Includes an overview of file formats identified by the Bentley Historical Library as "sustainable" based on staff research and a survey of peer institutions and the Library of Congress.
- This document is also available as a PDF.
- User manual for the AutoPro Automated Digital Processing Tool developed by Digital Curation Division staff. Provides step-by-step guidelines for using the tool as well as information on arrangement and descriptive strategies employed by archivists at the Bentley Historical Library.
- For more information on the AutoPro Automated Digital Processing Tool, please see the paper and poster prepared by Michael Shallcross and Nancy Deromedi for iPRES 2012.
Guidelines for the description of digitized and born-digital materials in finding aids at the Bentley Historical Library. Procedures reflect internal conventions at the Bentley, including the use of MS Word templates for creation of EAD finding aids.
- These guidelines were used by the Division of Digital Curation to identify functional requirements and establish the resources and procedures required to manually process born-digital materials accessioned by the Bentley Historical Library.
- The procedures outlined in this document are no longer employed by the Bentley Historical Library and these guidelines are provided solely for reference use as a record of the development of digital processing workflows at the library.