ITS team members star in OCUL Digital Curation Summit


On November 21, ITS department members Kelli Babcock, Leslie Barnes and Rachelann Pisani participated in the Ontario Council of University Libraries’ Digital Curation Summit here at the University of Toronto. The summit saw librarians and archivists from universities across Ontario come together to discuss digital curation initiatives and exchange ideas.

The day began with a facilitated discussion of digital preservation policies. This led to a stimulating conversation on how existing preservation policies from Scholars Portal have been re-used by York University to help build their own institutional preservation policies. A question arose regarding accessibility policies, and how to build AODA compliance into digital project workflows. Although special collections and archives are exempt from AODA, accessibility remains an issue in putting these collections online.

Next, Loren Fantin and Jess Posgate of Our Digital World, and Sara Allain of the University of Toronto – Scarborough, walked attendees through the process of creating and facilitating digital projects. After the break, Jenny Jing of Queen’s University brought up linked data, and how it can be used to enhance digital curation projects. The morning ended with McMaster University’s Gabriela Mircea introducing participants to the wide variety of digital curation tools available to librarians and archivists.

The afternoon sessions focused on three specific digital curation tools. Queen’s University’s Jeremy Heil decoded the many mysterious features and processes of Archivematica, an open-source digital preservation system. Next, Nick Ruest of York University and Krista Stapelfeldt of University of Toronto – Scarborough introduced attendees to Islandora and all that this open-source digital asset management system has to offer. The day ended with our very own Kelli Babcock, Leslie Barnes and Rachelann Pisani discussing how Omeka, an open-source web-publishing exhibit building platform, is being used at the University of Toronto to promote access to digital collections, and how attendees can create basic exhibits of their own.

Congratulations to Kelli, Leslie, and Rachelann for their contribution to what participants have described as an exciting and engaging learning experience.

Click here to see the Digital Curation Summit presentations.

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