Innovative Solutions for Dealing with Born-digital Content in Obsolete Formats webinar recording available


View this webinar recording to learn about various options for transferring born-digital content from antiquated media into a form that can be more easily managed.

Many archives hold born-digital content on numerous types of antiquated media and in obsolete formats but lack the equipment or expertise to transfer it into a form that can be more easily managed for processing, preservation, and access.  

In this webinar, speakers addressed a variety of issues and scenarios such as outsourcing to a computer history museum, a commercial service, or another archives; transferring from outmoded tapes and e-mail systems; providing services within a consortium; and good-enough in-house solutions. This was a reprise of a successful lightning round session at SAA in August.

Learn more about this work on our Demystifying Born Digital project page.

For more information:

Ricky Erway
Senior Program Officer
OCLC Research

Melissa Renspie
Senior Communications Officer
OCLC Research


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Lynda Schmitz Fuhrig, Electronic Records Archivist, Smithsonian Institution Archives

Moryma Aydelott, Program Specialist, Technology Policy Directorate, Library of Congress 

Elise Warshavsky, Digital Archivist, Presbyterian Historical Society  

Ted Hull, Director, Electronic Records Division, National Archives at College Park

Ben Goldman, Digital Records Archivist, Pennsylvania State University Libraries 

Matthew McKinley, Digital Project Specialist, University of California, Irvine Libraries

Margo Padilla, Strategic Programs Manager, Metropolitan New York Library Council

Ricky Erway, Senior Program Officer, OCLC Research