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Journal of Western Archives publishes SUL case study on born-digital processing



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We are excited to report that "Capturing and Processing Born-Digital Files in the STOP AIDS Project Records: A Case Study" has just been published in the Journal of Western Archives (2013) and is available online

In September 2012, the Manuscripts Division of the Stanford University Libraries Department of Special Collections and University Archives completed a one-year National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC)-funded project to process the records of the STOP AIDS Project, an HIV prevention non-profit organization in San Francisco, California. This project marked the department’s first large-scale processing project to capture and process born-digital records. Building upon the nascent framework outlined by the AIMS white paper and the infrastructure developed by Stanford University Libraries, the project team captured born-digital records and implemented new processing strategies using digital forensics tools.

This case study documents the strategies and workflows employed by the project team to capture and process the born-digital component of the STOP AIDS Project records and describes the successes, challenges and roadblocks encountered while forensically imaging 3.5 inch floppy disks, Zip disks, and CDs using Forensic Toolkit (FTK) Imager software. It also outlines the approach undertaken for processing nearly 30,000 unique digital files captured from the computer media using AccessData Forensic Toolkit (FTK) software and discusses current delivery strategy.

By Glynn Edwards

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