I Survived a POWRR Workshop

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Required Readings

Which articles were required reading for the workshop?

You’ve got to Walk Before You Can Run: First Steps for Managing Born-Digital Content Received on Physical Media

Walk this Way: Detailed Steps for Transferring Born-Digital Content from Media You Can Read In-house


I’d love to have a copy of the slides they used!

Here it is! POWRRWorkshopSlides

And here are the slides used for the NDSR training NDSRSlides

Data Accessioner

Where can I get the accessioning tool…. Data Accessioner?

Data Accessioner has been undergoing changes! Find out all about it here! You can also keep up with the latest updates here!

Click here to find out more and download Data Accessioner!

And here is a handy user guide: Data Accessioner v1.0 User Guide

Here’s the step-by-step guide used in the workshop: DataAccessioner step-by-step guide

What about the reporting tool for Data Accessioner?

DataAccessioner:Metadata Transformer (DA:MT) takes the raw XML generated by DA and creates a more readable format in bpth CSV and HTML files.

Click here to find out more and download DA:MT.

We have also created a handy tutorial for DA:MT, which you can find DAMT Tutorial

May I have a copy of the simplified Inventory Excel spreadsheet we used for the accessioning exercise?

Sure! You can find it here: DigitalCollectionsInventory

Other Materials

Where can I find more information about the tools and services POWRR tested and talked about during the workshop?

They mentioned something about having made a tutorial for very small memory institutions (like volunteer-driven historical societies) to upload content to Internet Archive for free?

Sure! Here it is! A guide to using Internet Archive: Internet Archive Tutorial

I loved that NDSA Levels of Preservation grid…where does that live?

Click here to learn more about the NDSA Levels of Preservation or download a PDF version: NDSA Levels of Preservation grid.

Do you have a Digital Preservation Decision Flowchart?

Yep! Brought to you by the University of Utah. UnivUtah_DigPresDecFlowchart

Where can I get a copy of the 3-3-3 Action Plan activity sheet they used in the workshop?

Editable documents to help you educate different professionals at your institution available here.

Where are the Case Studies that each of the 5 POWRR partner institutions have completed?

To see a full listing of the Case Studies completed by the 5 POWRR partner institutions, click here. To see an individual institution’s Case Study, click on the institution below:

Chicago State University

Illinois State University

Illinois Wesleyan University

Northern Illinois University

Western Illinois University

Where is the POWRR Tool Grid?

Click here! And for a handy guide to the terminology definitions, check out our tool-grid-glossary.

What about COPTR? Where does that live?

Check this link for more information!

Where can I find some sample digital preservation policies?

National Library of Australia – Digital Preservation Policy

UMass Amherst Libraries - Digital Preservation Policy

PURR (Purdue University Research Repository) – Digital Preservation Policy

Yale University Library Policy for the Digital Preservation

UK Data Archive – Digital Preservation Policy

I remember some things like DROID, JHOVE, and PREMIS being mentioned. Where can I learn more about these?

DROID (Digital Record and Object Identification): More info available here

JHOVE (JSTOR/Harvard Object Validation Environment): More info here

PREMIS (Preservation Metadata Implementation Strategies): More info here

Where can I read the POWRR White Paper

The White Paper has been released and can be found here.


Still feeling a little unsure? The National Endowment for the Humanities provides grants for smaller institutions to assist with preservation tactics. More information about NEH grants can be found here.