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Building a Global Digital Archive: Developing Metadata Documentation for the Modern Endangered Archives Program
The Modern Endangered Archives Program (MEAP) funds digitization and documentation of at-risk cultural heritage collections around the world. Building this program and sustaining its digital archive requires documentation that communicates technical requirements, digitization best practices, and metadata workflows for project teams across the globe. In doing this work, it is essential that we get the data right. Only by creating robust metadata will the collections preserved be findable, accessible, and understandable.

Join CLIR Postdoctoral Fellowship alumni Rachel Deblinger and Kimber Thomas as they discuss a recent collaborative project to create metadata-focused documentation for MEAP. Deblinger and Thomas will explore the challenges of documenting best practices and creating shareable resources for global post-custodial projects that demand metadata practices sensitive to local conditions, historical concerns, and community experiences. This conversation will also consider the career trajectories that brought Deblinger and Thomas to this project and the work of translating skills across different fields and methods.

This session is meant to feature and share the materials created through this collaborative effort while also opening up questions about how CLIR Fellows approach programmatic work and bring their varied expertise to projects focused on digital archives and community data.

Rachel Deblinger is the director of the Modern Endangered Archives Program at the UCLA Library and holds a PhD from UCLA in Modern Jewish History.

Kimber Thomas is a visiting assistant professor at UNC-Greensboro and holds a PhD from UNC-Chapel Hill in American Studies.

Jan 25, 2022 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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