Cross-Institutional Workflow Analysis Exercise

Rhiannon Bettivia, Hannah Wang | BitCuratorEdu Project


This is an exercise that asks students to select workflow diagrams from two different institutions and analyze how they represent human agents, technological agents, and the movement of digital objects. Students will not only compare and contrast these workflows, but also discuss their efficacy as artifacts and models. This lesson uses and adapts deliverables from the OSSArcFlow project (IMLS, 2017-2020).

The exercise and discussion questions are available for free download as a PDF or Google Doc, below.

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  • Design a born-digital archiving workflow.

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The BitCuratorEdu project was an effort (2018-2022) funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to study and advance the adoption of digital forensics tools and methods in libraries and archives through professional education efforts. This project was a partnership between Educopia Institute and the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, along with the Council of State Archivists (CoSA) and several Masters-level programs in library and information science.

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Rhiannon Bettivia, Hannah Wang. (November 3, 2021). Cross-Institutional Workflow Analysis Exercise. BitCuratorEdu Project.