Also there’s a new Archive podcast out there. AV Preserve and METRO started More Podcast, Less Process. It’s it clever what they did there. Don’t you think, lol. It’s available on iTunes check them out.
I liked this class, I learned some new aspects of metadata that I didn’t know. I would recommend it for anyone who wants to learn more about metadata or wants to get their feet wet in the topic. I love learning new things and will use Coursera to find new topics to learn.
However, it’s my opinion that this class cannot replace an actual for credit Metadata class. I think it’s great and I’m sure you will learn from it, but I’m not sure if it will work as a “resume booster”. I think Library Juice would be better alternative if that’s your goal. Yes, you have to pay for Library Juice but I do think those are more structured.
Still the Coursera class was fun and interesting. I enjoyed learning about metadata and taking the quizzes. What I liked most about this class is that I didn’t ever need to watch a video lecture. What I did was download the audio version of the lecture to my computer, then I brought it into iTunes as a podcast, and listened to them like that. I like listening to spoken word faster than normal so this was a great work around for me. If you would like to know more about how I did this, look here.
As mentioned in the previous entry, I attended Createasphere’s DAM 101 Workshop and certification. Here’s the link if you’re interested.
I think this workshop was more popular than Createasphere could have imagined. How many people would want to wake up early on a Sunday to talk about DAM? Plenty in New York. I’ll be honest the fact that this workshop took place on a Sunday not a work day was my main motivation for going. I’m happy I did, it did not disappoint. There were some parts of the workshop that I knew about but quite a bit I didn’t. I learned alot of acronyms , which there are many in the alphabet soup of DAM. I liked how this workshop stressed that DAM was a business strategy not technology solution. I think this is important and doesn’t get emphasized enough. The best technology can’t solve a problem if there isn’t a plan to follow though and make it work.
The best part of the workshop were the “labs” I think break out groups would have been a better description. One of the labs I chose to take was LAB 2: Photography DAM, which was very good. I learned so much from Carin Forman and gain some good practical advice.
Since this program went better than expected, I’m sure you’ll see more of them at future Createasphere events. I hope so because I do think this is a great basic overview of DAM. In fact maybe they will make an advanced version of this workshop for us alumni to take.
It’s been awhile since I last posted here, there are a two reasons for that. The good reason is that I started a new temp job in September, the not so good reason is that my mom spent most of the summer in the hospital. She’s feeling and doing much better now, thank goodness.
So what else have I been up to in during this time career development wise. I attended the DAM 101 Workshop at Createasphere in New York. I’ve also just finished up my first Coursera class, Introduction to Metadata and I’ve been keeping up with the Caring for Yesterday’s Treasure’s Today webinar series. I’m going to craft some entries on the above topics and post them today to help make up for my absence.
This is a great article on why people, corporations, governments, and anyone shouldn’t and can’t keep everything forever. I read a few of Dr. Rosenthal’s papers in my digital preservation class. I think this article really illustrates a problem that few in IT are considering.
Edit: I just found a journal article titled The Economics of Long-Term Digital Storage. It looks like this article was mentioned in the Future blog post.