As a part of the NDSR-Boston program, each institution and resident host a home-turf event. We have only had two so far, but it has been a great way to exhibit everyone’s institution as well as keep individuals in the program engaged with each other as a whole. And this past Thursday, December 18th, it was MIT’s turn to host! All of the residents were there – me, Joey, Jen, Sam, and Rebecca – as well as two of the host mentors – Andrea Goethals from Harvard University and Nancy McGovern from MIT. We were also joined by our intrepid Program Manager, Kristen Confalone, and MIT’s Digital Archivist, Kari Smith.
We began our host event with Kari giving us an in-depth talk and demonstration of the Digital Sustainability Lab. She walked us through some test instances of tools like BitCurator and ArchivesSpace, and we discussed how the lab would fit into our larger project goals. Then I gave everyone a little peek of the workflow diagrams and documentation that I have been working on – which I will probably be sharing on the blog in the new year.
Following the demonstrations, we got a quick tour of some of the MIT terrain. One of the coolest features of the academic buildings is that there are always lots of little innovative exhibits and interactive toys and experiments peppering the hallways. It’s been one of my favorite parts of working here and meandering through the campus.
We ended our night reveling in some pre-holiday cheer at the campus pub. It was a festive way to punctuate the end of an excellent first half of the residency. I hope everyone out there is gearing up for (or perhaps already enjoying) lovely winter break plans. Happy Holidays from NDSR-Boston – see you in 2015!
Happy Holly Daze,