Digital preservation and archival description

Today, I found out that my colleague, Meg Travers, and I have had our proposed iPres2014 workshop on Archivematica and AcesstoMemory approved.  This means that I am going to have to bring myself up to speed with sips, dips and aips, and actually start doing practically some of the things that I have been teaching my conservation and preservation students about.  It also means that I am going to have to seriously think about the ways in which we describe digital data, within the context of the Australian series system.  I’ve been working hard on preparing terminologies for our AtoM instance, with an Australian English vocabulary: items, not files, folders or dossiers; series, with nary a fonds reference in sight.  Now, I need to consider whether a database is a record, a series, or the housing, or as Chris Hurley puts it,  a snark or a boojum (


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