DLM Forum 2024 webinars

DLM Forum's upcoming and past webinars for 2024 (click to scroll)

January 24th - "Automated Open Spatial Data Preservation"

March 22nd - "AI in eArchiving, with or without the supercomputer “Hippu”"

April 25th - "FormatE: Elevating Digital Preservation in Sweden's Public Sector"


Webinars are open to DLM Forum community members.

"Automated Open Spatial Data Preservation" by Martin Rechtorik, National Archives of the Czech Republic (NACR), January 24th at 10-11 (CET).

Following the presentation 'Open Data, The Preservation Challenge' at the DLM Forum Triennial Conference in Salamanca, we would like to show that full or at least partial automation of archiving publicly available datasets is not unrealistic science fiction. On the contrary, it is possible and relatively easy to achieve. During the workshop, participants will learn the basics of scripting, the requirements that such automation necessarily entails, and will be introduced to the tools that NACR has developed in-house for this purpose. We would like to initiate a final discussion on other capabilities that can be used for web catalogues or linked data needs.

Registration for the webinar is closed. Video presentation and slides now available (members only).

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"AI in eArchiving, with or without the supercomputer “Hippu”" by Anssi Jääskeläinen, South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences, Xamk, March 22nd at 10-11 (CET).

“AI is everywhere, even now; in this very room, you can see it when you look out your window or when you turn on your television, you can feel it when you go to work.” This slightly modified line is from the cult movie Matrix, but it nicely describes the current situation with AI. Solutions are being embedded into unimaginable things, but do we know how this power can be utilized in eArchiving?

This webinar doesn’t offer direct answers to the previous question. Instead, it introduces Xamk's new supercomputer Hippu, explores its possibilities, and opens the conducted (and planned) RDI activities via practical examples. These include but are not limited to metadata harvesting, image recognition, summarization tasks, generative AI, translations, and training LLMs.

Registration for the webinar is closed. Video presentation and slides now available (members only).

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"FormatE: Elevating Digital Preservation in Sweden's Public Sector" by Benjamin Yousefi, Swedish National Archives, April 25th at 15-16 (CET).

Riksarkivet (the Swedish National Archives) is working on a new strategy for preserving digital information, applicable to the entire public sector of Sweden. The work, conducted under the name FormatE, focuses on the digital information as such and not the archive as a whole. According to Swedish law, digital information is defined as an electronic act. An electronic act has a specific or combined form and function, for example as audio, database, document, image, text and, or video. The form and function of an electronic act is implemented by different programs into one or more formats.

The core of the work consists of identifying the necessary and sufficient requirements to (1) code and decode the electronic act consistently (its technical state), (2) confirming the implementation to ensure interoperability (measurability), (3) providing the basis for different use cases (the intended use and management of the digital information – its functional state), especially (4) to preserve the content of the electronic act for the public as required by the Swedish Archives Act, and (5) to archive the electronic act (its archival state). A draft has been sent out on remittance for regulating those requirements relevant to the public sector, and a new draft is being prepared.

A major difference in FormatE from previous works is, besides concentrating on the technical state, and separating it from the archival state, is the introduction of a technical methodology that shifts focus from "file formats" to "formats" and their primary sources – the specifications and reference implementations – their status and collecting and organizing them – in a knowledge base.

Responsible for FormatE is Benjamin Yousefi at Riksarkivet, who will be presenting an overview of the work still in progress. Information about the ongoing work is published on: https://riksarkivet.se/FormatE (only in Swedish).

About Benjamin Yousefi: Benjamin Yousefi works as a legal and technical advisor at Riksarkivet, the department for information management. He has for a long time been involved in researching and answering legal and technical questions concerning formats, their preservation and archiving, on a national level, as well as on an international level in projects such as Preforma.

Registration for the webinar is OPEN.

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