For years, archives have focused on creating workflows for the ingest and preservation of born-digital records. Although we have become increasingly comfortable with the SIPs and AIPs of the OAIS model, many of us still struggle with the DIPs and proving access to those materials. This course will focus on the underlying policy consideration in play when providing access to born-digital records as well as provide an overview of methods and tools for providing appropriate access. The course will also demonstrate multiple tools for identifying and redacting sensitive or protected information from born-digital records. This course is primarily focused on born-digital records and will not deal with best practices for digitization projects.

Note: This course is offered both as a half-day course and as a webinar.


Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this webinar, you should be able to:

  • Define a range of access methodologies
  • Identify how access considerations impact transfer agreements
  • Assess tools for the identification and redaction of sensitive or protected information


Who Should Attend?
Repository managers, archivists, practitioners, and anyone responsible for providing access to born-digital archival materials


What You Should Already Know:
Participants should have an understanding of basic digital preservation activities and workflows.


DAS Core Competency:

  • 4. Incorporate technologies throughout the archival lifecycle.
  • 6. Employ standards and best practices in the management of digital archives.


If you intend to pursue the DAS Certificate, you will need to pass the examination for this course.

Webinar Information
Date Presented:
July 14, 2015 2:00 PM Eastern
1 hour, 30 minutes
Providing Access to Born Digital Archives




Veronica Martzahl is the Digital Records Archivist at the Massachusetts Archives where she is responsible for the implementation of a new Archival Collections Management System (ACMS) and Digital Preservation Repository, as well as the arrangement and description of all digital content held by the Archives.

Previously she was the Records Archivist at the Tufts University Digital Collections and Archives where she was part of the team that developed an in-house ACMS to support description of physical and digital materials seamlessly.

She is a member of the Society of American Archivists, New England Archivists, and the Academy of Certified Archivists. Additionally, she is active in the Council of State Archivists and is co-chair of their State Electronic Records Initiative (SERI). She has served on the SAA Digital Archives Specialist (DAS) education sub-committee from 2012-2015.

Veronica holds a Master of Library and Information Science with a concentration in Archives and a Master of History from Simmons College.



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