ARMA Seattle Meeting 2/5/2020

Passive Storage and Active Preservation – “What’s the Difference?”

How are you ensuring long-term access to your permanent electronic records? Join us as Martin Gengenbach addresses this issue and more.

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So, your organization has implemented retention policies – GREAT! But how are you ensuring long term access to your permanent electronic records and information? As we know, digital preservation is a complex undertaking because of software obsolescence, fixity issues during file transfers and storage, persistence of metadata, and other challenges.

Join ARMA Seattle at our next meeting, where Martin Gengenbach will address the differences between passive storage and active preservation; the concept of a “trusted digital repository” and its implications; and some of the risks involved in not managing preservation actively. On a practical level, he’ll also talk about digital preservation applications including Archivematica and Preservica (from the user perspective) as possible solutions to many of these issues. Bring your questions!

Martin Gengenbach is the Lead for Preservation at the Gates Archive in Seattle, where he oversees physical and digital preservation activities. He holds a Master of Science in Library Science with a concentration in Archives and Records Management from the School of Information and Library Science at UNC-Chapel Hill, and a Master of Arts in the Social Sciences from the University of Chicago.

Date: Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Time: 8:30 am – 9:00 am Networking

9:00 am – 10:00 am Meeting

Location: Sound Transit Union Station

401 S Jackson St, Seattle, WA 98104

The meeting is in the Concourse Conference Room. It is located immediately off the Union Station Great Hall to the right of the public restrooms. You do not need to check in at reception and can come directly to the conference room. The reception desk can, however, give you directions if you need help finding the room.