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Building Trustworthy Digital Repositories

Theory and Implementation

By (author) Philip C. Bantin
Format: Paperback / softback
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield, Lanham, MD, United States
Imprint: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Published: 1st Jul 2016
Dimensions: w 150mm h 230mm d 29mm
Weight: 550g
ISBN-10: 1442263784
ISBN-13: 9781442263789
Barcode No: 9781442263789
Building Trustworthy Digital Repositories: Theory and Implementation combines information on both theory and practice related to creating trustworthy repositories for records into one up-to-date source. This book will bring all the credible theories into one place where they will be summarized, brought up to date, and footnoted. Moreover, the book will be international in its scope, and will discuss ideas coming from such important sources as Australia, Canada, and Western Europe.

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This much-needed resource in this age of digital information includes contributions from 42 repository experts working in higher education, government, or business. Each of the 10 chapters targets an essential conceptual area related to digital repositories, and approaches that concept via one theoretical essay and at least one case study (most chapters offer two or three case studies). Concepts cover the spectrum from selecting a trusted repository to ensuring an established repository's security. Theoretical essays approach the topic by describing strategies, their evolution, and current state; highlighting models, standards, and policies; explaining projects that incorporate advanced knowledge in the field; and identifying helpful resources for additional information. Case studies (aka "implementations") explain background, context, and projected goals; delineate techniques used, obstacles faced, and results gleaned; then finally share project evaluations and lessons learned. Each chapter introduces field-related acronyms and promising software packages, presents data in tables or charts, and offers images or graphs of models and processes to aid readers. The text closes by analyzing the current state of repositories and offering a future prediction of their complex interconnectedness. Well researched and written. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. * CHOICE * It is not often that a book successfully combines theory and practical experience-Building Trustworthy Digital Repositories: Theory and Implementation does just that. This book, the winner of the 2017 Society of American Archivists Waldo Gifford Leland Award for "writing of superior excellence and usefulness in the field of archival history, theory, or practice", is truly a valuable resource to students, new professionals, and practitioners at all career stages. * Mid-Atlantic Archivist * There is strength in the fact that individual authors bring a different perspective and different experiences.... [The book] provides a range of useful perspectives and the chance to read an interesting set of practical case studies. If you wish to learn from the experience of others who have tried to find solutions to some thorny implementation problems, then this book is certainly worth dipping into. * Archives and Records: The Journal of the Archives and Records Association * [T]his book examines the specific features and functional activities that comprise a trusted digital repository (TDR). Combining theory, history, and real-world examples, this authoritative work will help users gain a better understanding of TDRs and, more important, how to bring this understanding into their current practice.... Regardless of where you are in the process of building a trusted digital repository, if you work with digital materials at any stage, or aspire to learn more about the processes and activities involved, this book contains a wealth of information and insights that will undoubtedly be of use and is highly recommended. * Archival Issues * I found this book fascinating and useful in improving my understanding of archival tasks, metadata, digital collections, and records management. This is a definite addition to my personal reference collection, and it should be for any archivist, records manager, or digital librarian. Digital Repositories would also be excellent reading for courses in archives, metadata, records management, information technology, and digital collections. * Technical Services Quarterly * For many years, archivists and others have struggled with the challenges of managing our digital heritage, writing thousands of words on the conceptual challenges but often lacking practical solutions and methods. Bantin's recent compilation gives us both theoretical musings along with numerous case studies from state government, universities, corporations, and other venues from the United States, Australia, Europe, and Canada. All aspects of building and using trustworthy digital repositories, from audits and policies to management and standards, are treated. This is an essential volume for archivists, librarians, records managers, and other information professionals working with digital sources. -- Richard J. Cox, Chair and Professor, Department of Information Culture and Data Stewardship Philip C. Bantin has succeeded in bringing together an impressive team of forty-three archivists, educators, and practitioners to develop this much needed, comprehensive and authoritative work. Students in archival and records management programs will benefit greatly by understanding the current state of trustworthy systems (Nancy McGovern) and looking to trustworthy systems of the future (Luciana Duranti). And seasoned professionals will benefit from the experiences of pioneering practitioners describing projects implemented in the workplace, including The Oregon Records Management Solution--ORMS (Mary Beth Herkert) and Washington State's Shared Responsibility Models (Debbie Bahn). Philip's book is a "must-have" resource for archival and records management students, researchers, and professionals. -- Patricia C. Franks, CA, CRM, Program Coordinator, Master's Degree in Archives and Records Management, School of Information, San Jose State University