This week, I continued work on the input of all of the Ostrom Project finding aids into ArchiveSpace. I have to say that it has really been a learning experience. This is because the technology is very new to IU so not many people really know ALL the ins and outs of the program. What has been fun is learning about its functionality alongside my supervisor who is learning how to use it at well.
Something that has been a topic of debate is the need for including a “rights statement” with every individual entry. This means providing copyright information. For the Ostrom Project, as well as all oral history materials, there is a copyright release statement that every interviewee signs that gives privileges to IU. These are then housed in the files in the archive. The debate is whether to include them all or have a statement that reads how to obtain the specific interviews copyright information (if available).
These kinds of conversations have been really fun for me, and I am really enjoying the process.