Having great fun #natlibscot today continuing to use http://www.digipres.org/ to choose some characterization tools to test. Focused mostly on choosing tools recommended for the ingest phase of the lifecycle. Hoping to compare these tools using some test data over the next few weeks to see which ones are easiest to use, most comprehensive and deliver results in a user friendly way. No single tool does everything apparently. Finding that balance between meeting requirements such as file format identification; metadata extraction; dependency analysis and quality assurance without slowing down the processing of large quantities of data will be an interesting challenge.
I’ve been using this website to help me choose suitable tools to include in a file characterization tool test. It’s also helped me understand some of the issues while writing a test method for the chosen tools.
Very useful indeed!
I’ve recently started as a volunteer archival assistant at the Govanhill Baths in South Glasgow. I’m planning to blog about my experiences there. Here’s a link to my first entry (I’ll continue to keep you guys updated on my progress).