Learning object summary
This is an exercise that asks students to take a visual diagram of a born-digital archiving workflow and translate the visual elements into text-based narrative, using a tabular description template. This lesson uses and adapts deliverables from the OSSArcFlow project (IMLS, 2017-2020).
- Visual workflow diagram translation exercise (HTML)
- OSSArcFlow Guide to Documenting Born-Digital Archival Workflows (PDF)
- Tabular Description Template for Born-Digital Workflows (Google Sheets)
Learning object type
This learning object might be used in a lesson to satisfy the following learning objectives:
- Design a born-digital archiving workflow.
Prerequisite knowledge required: Some knowledge of digital preservation concepts (including OAIS) is helpful
- Virtual, synchronous
- Virtual, asynchronous
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Visual workflow diagram translation exercise
- Read p. 30-41 in the OSSArcFlow Guide to Documenting Born-Digital Archival Workflows
- Select a workflow diagram from the OSSArcFlow Project (under “2. Born Digital Archiving Workflows (published June 2018)”)
- Translate the processes in the workflow diagram into a narrative by filling in the Tabular Description Template for Born-Digital Workflows
- How did you decide to fill in the Phases and Steps of the template?
- What visual cues did you use to determine the Conditions?
- What was the hardest part of the process of translate the visual diagram to the narrative description?
- What are the benefits of using a visual workflow diagram vs. a narrative description of the workflow?