Workflow Modeling Lesson and Exercise

Cal Lee | BitCuratorEdu Project


These slides consist of a brief lesson that introduce students to workflows as models, describes process modeling, an in-class “sticky note” exercise, discussion questions, and real-world examples of born-digital processing workflows.

This exercise can be implemented in a face-to-face setting with sticky notes, but you can also implement it in a remote setting using breakout rooms and shared whiteboard spaces such as Jamboard, Miro, Sketchboard or MURAL. If this exercise is administered in person, each group should be given a stack of at least 50 sticky notes and writing implements.

Some student knowledge of digital preservation concepts (including OAIS) is helpful.

The slides are available for free download as a PDF or Google Slides, below.

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This learning object might be used in a lesson to satisfy the following learning objectives:

  • 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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Cite this resource:
Cal Lee. (May 13, 2022). Workflow Modeling Lesson and Exercise. BitCuratorEdu Project.