Born-Digital Records in Practice at UAlbany

Gregory Wiedeman
University Archivist

Some Background

M.E. Grenander Special Collections & Archives
University at Albany, SUNY

Overview of University Archives

Collecting Background

What does this have to do with Born-Digital Records

A Bit about File Systems

How File Systems Work

Inefficient Storage

Efficient Storage

File Systems are designed for Efficiency

Where is a File?

Where do Files Live?

Where do Files Live?

NTFS on Windows

Brian Carrier, File System Forensic Analysis (Addison-Wesley, 2005), p. 283

$MFT (Master File Table)

Carrier, p. 280

$MFT (Master File Table)

Carrier, p. 295

$MFT Timestamps Demo

Deleting Files

Efficiency in Sectors

Efficiency in Sectors

Carrier, p. 188

Slack Space

Carrier, p. 188

Imaging the Disk


Disk Images

Ben Goldman, “Outfitting a Born-Digital Archives Program”
Practical Technology for Archives   Issue 2 (June 2014)

What Can We Learn from a Disk Image?

So, What does all this mean?

Overview of University Archives

Records Created by the University are Public Records

University Records are subject to FOIL

Born-Digital Records Collecting in Practice

ANTS issues

Transfer Scripts demo

What is a SIP?

Into ArchivesSpace

Born-Digital Photography


Espy Project

Fedora 4 Data Model

Portland Common Data Model


Other Projects