Born-Digital Access Group

The Born-Digital Access Group was developed from an ad-hoc group that began to gather around the Society of American Archivists’ 2015 annual meeting. Activities center on researching born-digital access practices and developing an archivist bootcamp to share ideas and tools for providing access to born-digital materials.

Born-Digital Access Bootcamps

The bootcamp model was piloted at the 2017 New England Archivists Spring Meeting, recapped on SAA’s bloggERS, and course materials are viewable via our OSF project page. The bootcamp has since been held in Philadelphia and Georgia, and the team is actively exploring other venues and partnerships for the bootcamp, particularly through encouraging others to use these resources to put on their own version of the program in their local archival communities.

The next bootcamp will be held in June 2018 at ACRL’s Rare Books and Manuscripts Section meeting. Registration opens in February 2018.

Born-Digital Access Community of Practice

In addition to planning and administering the bootcamps, this group strives to create a community of practice and engagement around issues related to born-digital access. The group is currently focusing on mapping NDSA’s Levels of Preservation document to access strategies.

The group’s main mode of communication for all projects is the Slack channel; all are welcome to join.

The group has also conducted Twitter chats (#bdaccess) to gain insight on how researchers want to access and use digital archives. You can review the chats via Storify (chat 1 and chat 2), read the chat recaps (chat 1 and chat 2), or let us know if you want to help lead a future chat!

To get involved or inquire further about our work, please contact Dan Johnson (daniel-h-johnson [at] uiowa [dot] edu) or Ashley Taylor (


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