Workshop 3/11/14: Digital Cataloging and Archiving with Open Source Software

Workshop 3/11/14: Digital Cataloging and Archiving with Open Source Software

OSS_Cataloging_img_Damien_OF14Tuesday March 11, 2014, 6:30–10pm workshop @ Eyebeam Center for Art and Technology in NYC. Register online here.

Creating and managing digital archives, catalogs, and collections is a growing concern as organizations seek to manage files and records, metadata-gather, and enable complex searches of their cultural production, ephemera, archives and/or born-digital assets.

This one-evening, two-part workshop goes in-depth on two popular and well-supported open-source digital archiving and collections management softwares that address these issues. We’ll look at
Omeka, used primarily in academic and digital humanities projects; and CollectiveAccess, used primarily in GLAM [Galleries, Libraries, Archives, Museums] projects.

The first half of the workshop will orient you to who uses and how these softwares are implemented, what to expect and consider in a cataloging software project; and includes an overview of features, metadata schemas, and problems to look out for.

The second half dives deeper into a hands-on comparison of these two programs, and participants will have an opportunity to build [and break!] from web interfaces and command-line access.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
The first half of the workshop is geared to participants of all technical backgrounds. The second half is geared to those comfortable with some web-building. If you are ok using WordPress, you’ll be ok at this section. Please bring a computer or be comfortable using a station at Eyebeam, as we will be learning by using. If you bring your own machine, ensure you have a command-line tool, an HTML editor [try TextWrangler if you don’t have one], and a few images
to load into the systems to test it out.

Register online here.

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