1) Working with local archives to develop projects for my Digital Archiving and Preservation class in the spring semester;
2) Planning with my TA a project to set up in our “Digital Archaeology Lab”several canonical systems for testing significant properties and how original bitstreams pulled from old media might interact with a coeval computing environment—to include research in historic popular computing publications of the relevant available programs, peripherals, and other sundries and drawing on a project last year researching the preservation of Ultima II using an Apple IIc from the Goodwill Computer Museum;
3) Discussing with project partners at the Museum several additional research projects going forward in the form of student capstones and individual studies;
4) Considering progress on my own research about archival organization of preserved born-digital materials;
5) Planning advising sessions for spring 2012 to assist students especially with getting experience in hands-on work with born-digital archival material—hardware, media, and content.
Here is the virtual archives: https://pacer.ischool.utexas.edu/
Here is the physical lab (or parts of it):
Organizing canonical environments