April 22-28, 2018 marks Preservation Week, a nation-wide effort to increase awareness of the need to preserve collections, focusing on individual, family, and community collections. To celebrate Preservation Week, the Norwick Center for Digital Solutions (nCDS) will be offering a series of mini-workshops that will help you develop some of the basic skills that you will need to preserve any type of collection for future use. These workshops will touch on how to properly digitize a variety of materials (with live demos!), how to describe and caption materials for improved accessibility, and how to preserve digital files so that they can be accessed in the future.
These workshops are open to all — no matter the background or level of expertise. We want to be able to assist you in saving your stuff whether it be research created while at SMU or personal items that you wish to pass down to the next generation!
Preservation Week Workshops and Demos description:
Basic Digital Preservation Tools & Concepts
Monday, April 23, 2018: 10:00am-11:30am
In the digital age, digital files are ubiquitous. They are on laptops, phones, hard drives, and cloud storage. But are they safe from becoming obsolete or inaccessible? The answer is no! As the digital landscape continually changes, the digital content we create becomes harder to maintain and access. This hands-on workshop will help you learn strategies for properly organizing, storing, and preserving digital files and highlight some of the tools that are used for proper digital preservation.
Media Digitization Demo
Monday, April 23, 2018: 1:00pm-2:00pm
Ever wonder how to digitize different kinds of physical media? Rob Walker will lead a demonstration of the equipment and software used by the Norwick Center for Digital Solutions to turn analog materials like films, photographs, video and audio recordings into high-quality digital files. Rob will also demonstrate some low-cost options for storing these files in “the cloud”.
Basic GIF Making Using Historical Material
Tuesday, April 24, 2018: 10:00am-11:30am
GIFs created from movies, TV shows, artwork, etc. are ubiquitous on the internet. This workshop will instruct participants on how to use image editing tools to create 3 types of GIFs using material from archival repositories. The instructor will lay out the underlying techniques that go into creating these GIFs step by step. The first part of the workshop will facilitate the use of several still images of an object to create a 3D like model. The second part of the workshop will help participants work with digitized video to create a looping video. The third part of the workshop will train participants to animate a piece of artwork.
Wednesday, April 25, 2018: 10:00am-11:30am
Do you have a box of old photographs collecting dust in your closet? Maybe some slides you’ve never been able to look at since you don’t have a projector? It’s time to scan them before they fade away. In this workshop, we will go over scanning basics as well as various ways to touch up the images in Photoshop.
Thursday, April 26, 2018: 10:00am-11:00am
Learn how to use Youtube’s automatic closed captioning feature to help create accurate closed captions and transcripts of audio and video files.
Large Format Photography
Friday, April 27, 2018: 10:00am-11:00am
Flatbed scanners can only accommodate up to a certain size object. So how do large format objects get digitized? Participants will be shown what goes into capturing large format objects with high-end photography in a studio setting. Feel free to bring an item (poster, map, photograph, etc.) of your own to be digitized!
Cataloging Digital Objects
Friday, April 27, 2018: 1:00pm-2:30pm
Are you thinking about creating a digital collection or exhibit in Omeka? Do you have documents, images, audio/video files, or datasets you want to add to an online repository or YouTube? If so, the metadata you create will help more end users find your digital objects online. This metadata will also allow future generations to retrieve the items in a digital archive. In this workshop, you will learn basic best-practices for cataloging digital objects using Dublin Core metadata elements.