By Jess Farrell and Sarah Dorpinghaus
This post is the fifteenth in a bloggERS series about access to born-digital materials.
Contemplating how to provide access to born-digital materials? Wondering how to meet researcher needs for accessing and analyzing files? We are too! Join us for a Twitter chat on providing access to born digital records.
*When?* Thursday, October 27 at 2:00pm and 9:00pm EST
*How?* Follow #bdaccess for the discussion
*Who?* Researchers, information professionals, and anyone else interested in using born-digital records
Newly-conceived #bdaccess chats are organized by an ad-hoc group that formed at the 2015 SAA annual meeting. We are currently developing a bootcamp to share ideas and tools for providing access to born-digital materials and have teamed up with the Digital Library Federation to spread the word about the project.
Understanding how researchers want to access and use digital archives is key to our curriculum’s success, so we’re taking it to the Twitter streets to gather feedback from digital researchers. The following five questions will guide the discussion:
Q1. _What research topic(s) of yours and/or content types have required the use of born digital materials?_
Q2. _What challenges have you faced in accessing and/or using born digital content? Any suggested improvements?_
Q3. _What discovery methods do you think are most suitable for research with born digital material?_
Q4. _What information or tools do/could help provide the context needed to evaluate and use born digital material?_
Q5. _What information about collecting/providing access would you like to see accompanying born digital archives?_
Can’t join on the 27th? Follow #bdaccess for ongoing discussion and future chats!
Jess Farrell is the curator of digital collections at Harvard Law School. Along with managing and preserving digital history, she’s currently fixated on inclusive collecting, labor issues in libraries, and decolonizing description.
Sarah Dorpinghaus is the Director of Digital Services at the University of Kentucky Libraries Special Collections Research Center. Although her research interests lie in the realm of born-digital archives, she has a budding pencil collection.