Archives Week

Archives Week is an annual celebration of historical archives and their role in society put on by UT’s student chapter of the Society of American Archivists. Archives play an important role in caring for and providing access to historical records, both paper and digital. This year’s theme is “Technology in the Archives” and includes events that demonstrate how emerging technologies affect and are used in archives, as well as the current research in digital archives being done at UT’s School of Information. If you have ever wondered what an archivist is or how archives save historical digital files, then these events are for you! Please join us for any or all of them.

Monday October 14th:

Event: “Getting Medieval with Crowdsourcing: Utilizing Flickr and Social Media to Describe Medieval Manuscript Fragments”

Speaker: Micah Erwin, Project Archivist & Medieval Manuscripts Specialist, Harry Ransom Center

Time: Snacks at 5:30 p.m., Presentation 6-7 p.m.

Location:  Benson Latin American Collection, Second Floor Conference Room (2300 Red River St)

Over the past two years Micah Erwin has lead a project to survey and describe medieval manuscript fragments, or binder’s waste, in the Ransom Center’s book collection. Micah will share how the project has utilized Flickr and social media to “crowdsource” the identification of many of these fragments.

Tuesday October 15th:

Event: iSchool Research Colloquium: “Orders and authenticity: Lifetime serializations of digital objects” by Dr. Patricia Galloway

Time: 3:15-4:30 p.m.

Location: UTA 1.208 (1616 Guadalupe St)

Dr. Galloway will discuss the archiving of digital records from the perspective of a formal “order as received” based upon groupings of digital files on received legacy media prepared by or for a donor and documented through description of the set of derivative orderings available through the original operating system environment. Dr. Galloway will also discuss the repeated undocumented serializations to which digital objects are subject throughout their lives and how only a few of these activities are formalized as “refreshing,” “migration,” or “reformatting.”

Event: Digital Archaeology Lab Demonstration

Time: 5:30 p.m.

Location: Digital Archaeology Lab, UTA 5.508 (1616 Guadalupe St)

Dr. Galloway and a team of iSchool students will give a tour of the Digital Archaeology lab and demonstrate the equipment. The digital archaeology lab is used for research and education in digital forensics and contains a complete forensic workstation, a variety of media drives, and current and legacy software for the purpose of recovering digital objects from noncurrent environments for transfer into a preservation environment.

Wednesday October 16th:

Event: iSchool Doctoral Student Presentations

Speakers: Jane Gruning and Jessica Meyerson

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Location: UTA 1.208 (1616 Guadalupe St)

Come hear two iSchool doctoral students, Jane Gruning and Jessica Meyerson, present on their current research in digital archives. Jane will talk about the connection between digital preservation and human computer interaction, whether people think of digital objects as less “real” than physical objects, and whether this decreases the likelihood that digital objects will be preserved. Jessica will talk about her interests in combining research and practice, “persistence” in social infrastructure for digital preservation and representation of hybrid collections online.

Friday October 18th:

Event: Happy Hour

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Location: Easy Tiger, 709 E. 6th Street

Help us celebrate Archives Week with a happy hour at Easy Tiger. All archivists, students, alumni, and Austin archival enthusiasts are welcome to join.

Saturday October 19th:

Event: Home Movie Day

Time: 1-4:00 p.m.

Location: The Austin Film Society Screening Room, 1901 E 51st St, Austin, TX 78723

Join the Texas Archive of the Moving Image (http://www.texasarchive.org) and Austin’s Experimental Response Cinema (http://ercatx.org) for the 2013 edition of Home Movie Day. Home Movie Day is a celebration of amateur films and filmmaking held annually at local venues worldwide. Home Movie Day provides the opportunity for individuals and families to see and share their own home movies with an audience of their community and to see their neighbors’ in turn.  We are able to screen your 8mm, Super 8mm, and 16 mm films as well as home movies you’ve already digitized and transferred to DVD. Transfers of VHS will be limited to 10-minute segments, so please preview your DVDs. Members of the Texas Archive of the Moving Image and Experimental Response Cinema will be present to help look over and project your films and will be showcasing items from their collections. Come by with your movies and enjoy them with others. Drop by for an hour or stay all day!

You can find out more about these events on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/saautx. Feel free to send any questions to saautx@gmail.com. Hope to see you soon!

University of Texas at Austin Society of American Archivists Student Chapter