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Sunday, August 16 • 9:00am - 5:00pm
Digital Forensics for Archivists: Fundamentals (NEW!) #1610 [DAS] [This course is FULL] FILLING

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Course Fees: Advance / Regular*

SAA Member $215 / $275
Employees of Member Institutions $245 / $305
Nonmember $275 / $335 

*Register for both Digital Forensics for Archivists: Fundamentals and Digital Forensics for Archivists: Advanced and save!

SAA Member $455 / $515
Employees of Member Institutions $485 / $545
Nonmember $515 / $575

Course Description (1 day, .75 CEUs, 1 DAS, 5 ARCs) | You must bring a laptop to participate successfully in this course.

The field of digital forensics often evokes images of prime-time television crime dramas. But what is it, and how can you put digital forensics tools and processes to use in your home institution?

Archivists are more likely than ever to be confronted with collections containing removable storage media (e.g., floppy disks, hard drives, thumb drives, memory sticks, CDs). These media provide limited accessibility, and may endanger the electronic records housed within due to obsolescence and loss over time. Caring for these records requires archivists to extract whatever useful information resides on the medium while avoiding the accidental alteration of data or metadata. 

Upon completion of this course you’ll be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the principles, tools, and technologies behind the practical field of digital forensics; 

  • Explore how digital forensics tools and techniques can apply to an archival setting; and 

  • Consider a range of digital forensics toolsand use some of them to create disk images and analyze their content for different types of information. 

In addition, you’ll explore the layers of hardware and software that allow bitstreams on digital media to be read as files, the roles and relationships of these layers, and tools and techniques for ensuring the completeness and evidential value of data.

Who should attend? Archivists, manuscript curators, librarians, and others who are responsible for acquiring or transferring collections of digital materials, particularly those that are received on removable media.

Knowledge assumed for this course: Participants are expected to have basic knowledge of archival practice, computers, and digital records management.

This course is designed specifically as a precursor to and prerequisite for the two-day Tools and Services DAS course Digital Forensics for Archivists: Advanced

This course, one of the Foundational Courses in the Digital Archives Specialist (DAS) Curriculum and Certificate Program, builds on others, including Basic Electronic Records, Thinking Digital, and Standards for Digital Archives. If you intend to pursue the Certificate, you'll need to pass the examination for this course. Please follow Option 1 to access exam information.

The DAS Core Competencies addressed in this course are: 

#1: Understand the nature of records in electronic form, including the functions of various storage media, the nature of system dependence, and the effect on integrity of records over time.
#3: Formulate strategies and tactics for appraising, describing, managing, organizing, and preserving digital archives.
#6: Curate, store, and retrieve original masters and access copies of digital archives.

Attendance is limited to 25.

Sunday August 16, 2015 9:00am - 5:00pm EDT
Junod Learning Space Western Reserve Historical Society, 10825 East Boulevard, Cleveland OH, 44105

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