Digital preservation domain expert and full-stack developer. I am a researcher, analyst, and programmer. I currently work as a Digital Preservation Specialist for the international games and book publisher Ravensburger AG. I worked previously on the Archivematica project for three and a half years and before then at The National Archives of New Zealand, and also the United Kingdom. I have a keen interest in records and information management.
Conception of a strategy for digital long-term archiving and digital preservation “lore” at Ravensburger AG. In collaboration with the corporate archivist the task requires the establishment of all the pieces that contribute to a successful digital preservation programme (organizational alignment, strategy and policies, tooling); and the embedding of digital preservation within the company culture across international boundaries, and the brands Ravensburger, Thinkfun, and Brio, and subsidiaries. Among other tasks, such as handling inquiries coming into the corporate archive, my primary efforts are as follows.
- Development of a strategy for the organisation and identification of workflows that we need to develop.
- Replacement of the legacy archival catalog with a modern linked open data alternative.
- Proof of concept project with a leading digital preservation platform.
- Outreach and embedding of digital preservation concepts across the organisation.
A 350+ hour development project in collaboration with Yale University Library and Siegfried’s maintainer to integrate Wikidata sources into the format identification tool. The project involved establishing and maintaining a regular cadence of effort over the course of approximiately seven months in my spare time. My time was contributed on a pro-bono basis and I organized and tracked that effort as I would contracting. Development required the analysis and cleaning of the data in Wikidata; coralling the data into a format suitable for Siegfried; and the Siegfried backend development required to handle the new extension. We are still working on establishing the type of ecosystem required to introduce the digital preservation community into that of Wikidata’s.
- Understanding the Siegfried code-base and learning how to integrate a new data source.
- Analysis and cleaning of the Wikidata sources and understanding how to make it a coherent source of information for Siegfried.
- Regular collaboration and sharing of ideas with the Yale team and Richard Lehane.
- Development of the identifier to deliver the first iteration in September 2020.
Working on the Archivematica and Access to Memory projects. My role is to analyze digital preservation workflow requirements and find software based solutions to satisfy those. Analysis may be done on client requirements or on those set-out by the analyst teams at Artefactual. Archivematica is developed in Python but solutions may not always require the use of code, nor be focused on the system itself.
I have been involved in the Access to Memory (AtoM) project in the migration of legacy archival records to formats compatible with the system.
I have delivered technical training at three Archivematica Camps, in South Africa and the United States and participated in an Archivematica camp in the Netherlands. I have also developed training materials on an ad-hoc basis depending on a client’s needs. The most recent training I developed was on an ad-hoc basis for a client in Winnipeg.
My experience with Archivematica and its clients has given me broad experience of some of the challenges facing those in memory institutions. It has given me an opportunity to learn more about systems like Dataverse, and has asked me to consider many different approaches to the work we’re doing in the GLAM sector.
Recently I have had the opportunity to consider novel solutions to challenges like de-duplication, and digital preservation reporting and repository maintenance. Those efforts are still in-progress.
- Develop, integrate, and test software for Artefactual clients or internal projects, in alignment with the goals and standards of the open source projects and the company.
- Create designs, proposals and estimates for client or internal solutions, new software or changes to existing systems; clearly communicate how designs meet user, non-functional or architectural goals and requirements.
- Create developer focused training collateral and deliver training in remote workshops or client site visits.
- Work collaboratively with other members of the Project Delivery Team, and with other Business Units across the company.
- Provide public outreach and community support relating to Archivematica or AtoM as open-source projects, including participation in conferences and software camps.
Digital Preservation Analyst at Archives New Zealand whose primary role was to support the System, Strategy, Standards team (SSS) formerly Digital Continuity; in making preservation decisions and providing digital preservation guidance. Having worked with colleagues to help enable Archive New Zealand’s first born-digital transfers.
The organization required us to work closely with digital preservation colleagues at National Library New Zealand and the Alexander Turnbull Library to develop joint-digital preservation strategy and policy.
Our mandate also enabled us to perform digital preservation outreach tasks across the New Zealand government sector.
I maintained strong personal links with the wider digital preservation community. It is hoped our benefit from the community’s effort was somewhat equal to what I hope we were able to contribute.
I was a member of the Archives New Zealand Waiata group, Nga Manu Iere which helped me to foster a more personal and cultural understanding of New Zealand and its traditions.
- Policy development across New Zealand’s government sector.
- Development of digital preservation workflows.)
- Collaboration with teams to resolve complex technical issues.
- Outreach within the New Zealand digital preservation community.
The research and provision of solutions to the end of preserving government’s digital records.
Part of my focus was researching file format specifications and developing mechanisms to identify those file formats using regular expression patterns unique to The National Archives’ PRONOM database. My role was also centered on the development of policy to be followed internally, and by contractors employed on projects such as those for digitization.
I was able to make connections with the wider digital preservation community while in my role at The National Archives where we were invited to participate in projects such as the Unified Digital File Formats Registry (UDFR); or working groups such as that for the development of JPEG2000 policy and procedures at the Wellcome Trust in the UK.
I was able to continue programming for The National Archives, UK, developing solutions for them in Python, PHP, and C++. Though much of it was completed in my spare time to then convert into work assignments, for example, the PRONOM signature development utility.
- PRONOM and DROID signature development.
- Requirements analysis and community outreach.
- File format Analysis.
- Development of procedure and standards for born-digital transfer.
At Red Box I saw through a number of important projects including the implementation of a number of new features such as the development of a search filtering mechanism; and a Cisco-based recording as a service solution. I developed fixes for many different areas of the system as part of additional third-line support duties.
Through my work at Red Box Recorders I refined my problem solving abilities and developed a better grasp for team work and meeting project deadlines. The contribution of this role to my knowledge of digital forensics, reverse engineering, and understanding of the IP stack and technical specifications remains immeasurable in the roles I have pursued in my current domain.
- Reverse engineering.
- Analysis of specifications.
- Protocol level development.