NOST Hosts Archiving Workshop

Volume 14, Number 3, September 1998


By Donald Sawyer and Jerry Winkler

Digital Archive Directions Workshop Extremely Successful

The Digital Archive Directions (DADs) Workshop was held at the National Archive and Records Administration (NARA) facility in College Park, Maryland, from June 22-26 , 1998. Participation was broad, including people supporting various NASA archives across multiple disciplines, other government agencies, various academic institutions, the Research Libraries Group (RLG)and several U.K. archives for science and academic materials.

The workshop was extremely successful in achieving its objectives:

The workshop was organized into an open session and a closed session. The open session consisted of a two-hour tutorial on the reference model and 12 invited presentations to identify the state of the art in related standards and practices. The closed session was based on the submission of a position paper on some archival need or issue. The closed session was organized into three parallel sessions as follows:

The morning of the last day was devoted to ax plenary session that included reports from the Working Groups and Plenary recommendations.

There were two categories of recommendations that came from the DADs Workshop. The first category came from the working groups; these recommendations were basically technical in nature and included comments on the OAIS Reference Model and suggestions for future standardization topics such as the following:

Further recommendations and details can be found in the final workshop r able about the end of September 1998 from the DADs Web Site at http://ssdoo.gsfc.nasa.gov/nost/isoas/dads/

The second category of recommendations came from the plenary meeting that occurred on the last day of the workshop, and these recommendations tended to have a management or administrative orientation. Because these three recommendations have far reaching implications to the future of the program, they are provided below:

The level of enthusiasm for the work on the reference model and the desire to follow up to create more of this type of synergism was extremely gratifying. Many attendees remarked on how much useful information they had obtained from the workshop.

For more information about the OAIS Reference Model or the DADs Workshop, readers are directed to the Web site at http://ssdoo.gsfc.nasa.gov/nost/isoas/dads

Opportunities to participate in future work and related workshops can be indicated by following the directions at the ISO archiving Web pages starting at http://ssdoo.gsfc.nasa.gov/nost/isoas/overview.html

Alternatively, please contact Donald Sawyer or John Garrett directly for further information.

John Garrett
Goddard Space Flight Center
Code 633
Greenbelt, Maryland 20771
United States
Telephone: +1.301.286.3575
E-Mail: John.Garrett@ndads.gsfc.nasa.gov
FAX: +1.301.286.1771

Donald Sawyer
Goddard Space Flight Center
Code 633
Greenbelt, Maryland 20771
United States
Telephone: +1.301.286.2748
E-Mail: Donald.Sawyer@ndads.gsfc.nasa.gov
FAX: +1.301.286.1771

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