Building Best Practice for Access to Born-Digital Records

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Alston,Taylor,Ashley Cobourn (Creator)
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Abstract: Archivists have spent the better part of the past two decades working to establish standards andbest practices for acquiring, appraising, arranging, describing, and preserving digital archives. Formany reasons, however, methods of providing access have been more difficult to define. In 2017,the Digital Library Federation (DLF) Born-Digital Access Working Group formed with theintention of both researching current methods and creating a community of practice surroundingthese issues. With origins in working sessions at Society of American Archivists (SAA) annualmeetings in 2015 and 2016, the group has built upon foundational research in order to facilitatedefining best practices for born-digital access. Since the beginning of 2018, the group has focusedon two primary objectives: proposing recommendations for implementing a leveled approach tovarious access-related activities, modeled on the National Digital Stewardship Alliance (NDSA)"sLevels of Preservation document; and researching the behavior and needs of users of born-digitalresources. This report expands upon research presented at the 2018 SAA Research Forum,including group development, informing scholarship, initial steps and findings, and next steps forthis ongoing project.

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Language: English
Date: 2018
Archives, Born-digital records

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