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Friday, May 30 • 11:00am - 11:30am
(Electronic Media Session) Imaging Digital Media for Preservation with LAMMP

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Hardware/Software obsolescence and bit-level corruption pose a serious threat to the ongoing accessibility of digital media storage devices both magnetic (floppy and ZIP disks) and optical (CD/DVD, USB drives). The Legacy Archival Media Migration Platform (LAMMP) was developed to rescue potentially valuable digital content from rapidly aging digital media formats. LAMMP automates the generation of bit-for-bit disk images suitable for preservation as well as disk & file-level metadata for future appraisal and access. Beyond basic preservation, there is also great archival value in reliably capturing the work environments of digital content creators. Migrating media to a digital image format and ingesting into a digital repository ensures its continued authenticity for future investigation, emulation and access. Built on open-source software, digital forensics tools and a combination of modern and legacy hardware, LAMMP is low-cost and highly customizable. Along with disk image and metadata generation, LAMMP performs essential digital preservation workflow tasks such as virus checking, hash checking, and file extraction. Finally, automation via Linux command line tools and shell scripting allows for non-technical staff to perform the LAMMP preservation procedure for most common digital media formats. The paper will cover the development of LAMMP, hardware and software specifications, lessons learned and next steps.

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Matthew McKinley

Digital Project Specialist, UC Irvine Libraries
Digital Project Specialist for University of California, Irvine Libraries, tasked with planning and managing curation of digitized and born-digital campus content.

Friday May 30, 2014 11:00am - 11:30am PDT
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