Digital Preservation for Beginners

  • 25 Mar 2021
  • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Online
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The AAO’s Professional Development Committee presents

Digital Preservation for Beginners

This workshop will demonstrate a low cost digital preservation workflow for novices. Participants will be introduced to the principles underlying digital preservation, be given a demonstration of some open source tools that can be used in a preservation workflow, and be given the opportunity to try out these tools. There will also be an introduction to some web archiving tools.

Participants will learn about the OAIS reference model and the NDSA levels of preservation. They will also be given the opportunity to learn and practice some open source software such as

  • Teracopy to copy files and create checksums
  • Data Accessioner to copy digital content between media, create and validate checksums and add metadata
  • Metadata Transformer to convert XML metadata files
  • Bagger to create packages containing digital content along with a manifest file listing the contents and checksums which can be used to verify the package and its contents
  • Conifer to capture websites for long term preservation

When: Thursday, 25 March 2021, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. EST
Where: Online. Instructions will be sent after registration.
Cost: $80 (AAO members); $50 (AAO student members); $120 (non-members)

Additional information: Participants will need to download software in advance of the workshop. Participants will be given a list of software with download instructions, as well as instructions on using the software, and a list of additional resources. This information will be emailed to participants a week before the workshop.

About the Instructor: Mary Grace Kosta obtained her MA in linguistics from the University of Calgary, and worked for 25 years as a linguist, museum registrar, government manager, and teacher. She then obtained her MLIS with a specialization in archives from the University of Western Ontario, and has worked for the past eight years as the Congregational Archivist for the Sisters of St. Joseph in Canada. She has completed courses in records management through the University of Toronto, metadata and information taxonomies through the University of Dundee, and web archiving through the University of Wisconsin. She is instrumental in the delivery of archives practicum and museum cataloguing programs for students at the University of Western Ontario. She served as the chair of the Professional Development Committee for the Archives Association of Ontario. Presently, she is on the steering committee for the Society of American Archivists, Archivists of Religious Collections Section, as well as a member of the Repository Working Group for Archival Resources for Catholic Collections, and on the Joint US-Canada AtoM Users Group.

Format: Lecture and demonstration

Recording: This workshop will NOT be recorded.

Registration: A minimum of 5 participants and a maximum of 50 participants may register for this event. Institutional members can register three participants at the member rate per participant. If you require additional time to prepare payment, please contact to set up an invoice.

Please be advised that this event is governed by the AAO’s Code of Conduct and is subject to the AAO’s Cancellation Policy. Questions about the workshop should be directed to the PDC co-chairs at

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