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Guide to archiving digital records for volunteer and community groups

16 February 2023


PDF icon DRI publication: Guide to archiving digital records for volunteer and community groups

The Digital Repository of Ireland (DRI) is delighted to announce a new resource: 'Guide to archiving digital records for volunteer and community groups', published by the Archiving Reproductive Health project.

Archiving Reproductive Health (ARH) is a Wellcome-funded project coordinated by the Digital Repository of Ireland (DRI), which is working to preserve digital material created by grassroots organisations working for reproductive justice in Ireland, especially during the 2018 referendum to repeal the Eighth Amendment of the Irish constitution. 

This resource is part of the deliverables for the ARH project. It is a guide for volunteer, grassroots and community groups, created to assist them with cataloguing and preserving their digital records.

Although the focus of this guide is primarily digital records, it also provides information on cataloguing and organising physical records.

The guide is informed by the Archiving the 8th E-guide, produced by the Wellcome Trust-funded project ‘Archiving the 8th’, and by the findings of the ARH project to date. It intends to provide clear, easy to follow and accessible instructions and advice for small organisations with limited resources, enabling them to make the best use of what resources they have and to preserve a cross-section of their digital records. With the guide, small groups will be enabled to organise their materials in such a way that if they have the opportunity to deposit them in a trusted digital repository such as the Digital Repository of Ireland, they will have well-organised collections in accessible and interoperable formats.

The guide also draws on the Community Archive Training resources developed over the last number of years by the Digital Repository of Ireland.

Subjects covered include: Archival appraisal, Cataloguing and metadata, Data protection and Rights / licensing, among other topics.

Like all DRI resources, the Guide is free to download and use. You can find this new resource in the repository at the following DOI:

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