Trevor, thanks for sending out this draft.  I won't be on the call, so I
wanted to send along my one comment re the list for consideration by the
group --

I would like to see something about documentation of the migration process
itself.  With government records, authenticity and audit trails go
hand/hand, so any activity like this that touches the files should be
documented with at least a basic set of metadata (e.g., when, who, what,
etc.).  Also, under items #1, 2, & 3 after migration, any file/metadata
migration failures/changes/restores should be documented as well.  Copies
of this documentation could be stored with the files themselves.

I'm looking forward to seeing this checklist move forward --

Shawn Rounds
State Archivist
State Archives Department
Division of Library and Collections
Minnesota Historical Society
345 Kellogg Boulevard West
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55102

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On Mon, Aug 4, 2014 at 8:41 AM, Owens, Trevor <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> In advance of next Infrastructure call, I am distributing this rough draft
> of a guidance document/check list for us to work over on the call. As
> background, a subgroup of infrastructure folks took up the action item to
> draft this with the intention of bringing it back to the full group to
> discuss 1) if this seems to be going in a useful direction 2) if so, to
> identify some things to improve and revise in it. So if you can make time
> to give this a quick read in advance of the call great, if not no worries.
> If you see little things to tweak or fix in the doc just go for it. If you
> want to raise comments feel free to post those too.
> Draft Title: Good Migrations: A Checklist for Migration from One Digital
> Preservation Stack to Another
> Link to draft document:
> Objective of the Document: The goal of this document is to provide a
> checklist for things you will want to do or think through before and after
> migrating components in your digital preservation system. This could entail
> switching from one system to another system in your digital preservation
> and storage architecture (Various layers of hardware, software, databases,
> etc.). Issues around normalization of data are out of scope for this
> document. This document is strictly focused on checking through issues
> related to moving fixed digital materials and metadata forward to new
> systems/infrastructures.
> ·         Call Date/Time: Tuesday 8/26/14, 2:00 PM EST
> ·         Dial in number: 877-299-5123