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A Religious Archives Guide to Digital Preservation

Get the most from the training – sign up for Starter to follow along

February 13, 2023

About this 25-Minute Training

The digital age has created new opportunities for religious archives to interact with their patrons. Launching a digital collections program from digitized and born-digital archives, special collections and local history materials makes it possible for religious archives to increase the accessibility of materials outside of normal hours and connect with new audiences. But creating a new program from scratch or reviving a dormant digital collections program requires the right technology. Tools should be simple and affordable, hosted in a secure environment, and flexible enough to grow as your program grows.

In this free, self-guided workshop you will:

  • Hear from institutions who are using Preservica’s Free Starter platform to connect with their community
  • Learn how to easily create your first digital preservation collection with simple drag and drop
  • Quickly upload metadata and digital files in bulk
  • Showcase your archive with your own public access portal
  • Make it easy for others to contribute to your digital archive
  • Connect with learning resources and others using this technology on the Community Hub

Get the most from the training – sign up for Starter to follow along

If you would like to start building and preserving your own digital collections after today's sessions, we encourage you to sign up for a Preservica starter account. It’s completely free and it will give you a chance to practice everything you learn today on your own. You will also get access to Preservica’s Community Hub which has a ton of resources to help get you going.

Lesson 1: Ingest

How to ingest and render obsolete digital files like WordPerfect into Preservica Starter

Welcome to Starter! In this short intro to our free-for-life software, we’ll give you a tour of the backend interface, a brief look at the portal, and demonstrate the ingest and rendering of a WordPerfect file.

Length of lesson: 4:52 Minutes

Lesson 2: Metadata

How to bulk upload metadata in Preservica Starter

In just under four minutes, see how easy it is to add a CSV file to a folder of assets and upload them all together to automatically populate metadata fields upon ingest. Bulk metadata upload is free and available for all Starter users.

Length of lesson:
5:42 Minutes

Lesson 3: Publishing for Community

How to publish important assets for your community with Preservica Starter

Share your most important assets with your community – this quick tutorial shows you how to make your assets public so they’re viewable on your portal.

Length of lesson:
2:36 Minutes

Lesson 4: Community Submissions

How to manage Community Submissions with Preservica Starter

Now available! You can invite your community to directly contribute to your archive within Starter. This quick tutorial shows how to set up your email template and submissions area, the submission process, and how to save submitted assets to your archive.

Length of lesson:
3:40 Minutes

Have questions?

Have questions? Want to connect with other professionals? Check out this special group on Preservica's Community Hub for more information - it's free to join.