As I look over the slides I’m preparing for my two presentations at Digital Directions next week, I am struck by the fact that there is so much in them that didn’t exist (or that I didn’t know about) when I first started giving presentations about managing digital objects. But some things remain nearly the same. I posted on this some two years ago in reference to the SAA workshops I teach with my wife Jessica Branco Colati
In 1998 there was no mention of “cloud storage” or much network beyond this new thing called the World Wide Web. Presentation layers–called web sites– were carefully controlled extensions of the reading room, Mash-ups and object reuse were still a ways away from the average archivist.
One slide that is virtually unchanged since it first appeared in 2000 is the “Four -itys” slide that references good digital collections, and another references Paul Conway and the dilemma of modern media. One slide that is not mentioned in that post, and deserves mention because it has been in almost every presentation no matter what the topic is the “Metadata is Eternal” slide. It usually runs to something like “Applications come and go, but metadata, and metadata management goes on forever”
Another one with a long life is one that says, in various iterations, that “Managing digital collections is the same as managing physical collections, except when it is different.” that I use to tell people new to digital object management that the DO in fact know what they are doing. They just need to think about it a little differently.
So that’s four slides out of I don’t know how many, that continue to be relevant.
There are a few others that are approaching “classic” status: lumpers and splitters, the cultural armageddon set, and the Masters of the Universe. Look for them next week if you are at Digital Directions or in the next presentation after that, or the one after that…