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Section for Archives and Technology (SAT)

News and Events

Details of current future events will be posted to the section’s community pages, so please see here for details. You can also follow us on Twitter (@ARAArchiTech).

Online event: Modelling with DiAGRAM - 15 April 2021, 12:00-13:00 BST

Please see here for details and to book.

Online event: Linked Data: The Conservation Approach

- 10 February 2021, 11:00-12:00 GMT

This webinar was delivered by Athanasios Velios, University of the Arts London, leader of the Linked Conservation Data project. Read a short report about it here. A recording is available in the members' area of the website.

Online event: Seduced by the Dark Side - 10 November 2020, 11.00-12.00 GMT

At this event we heard from the experiences of three professionals who have moved from more traditional archivist roles to more digitally focused or hybrid roles.

Section for Archives and Technology AGM 2020

Last year we held our AGM remotely. Online voting for section members closed on 3 July 2020.


Past activities

Here is a brief summary of the section's main areas of activity over the recent past.

For a report on the Data Wrangling with OpenRefine training event on 14 November 2019, please click here.

For the minutes of the section AGM on 29 March 2019, please click here. For a report on the System Addict event held on the same day, please click here.


The committee has a long history of engagement with professional standards, particularly descriptive standards. For example, between 2008 and 2011 it ran a regular column in ARC magazine introducing relevant standards. These introductions can still be consulted here although they have not been updated so should be treated with caution.

At roughly the same time, the section was also involved with training in XML, Encoded Archival Description (EAD) and Encoded Archival Context (EAC). Details of this training can be found here along with a copy of the response the section co-ordinated in 2011 to a call for comments on the revision of EAD.

Between 2013 and 2014 work in this area was carried out under the umbrella of the ‘Descriptive Standards Roundtable’ and more detail of this work can be found here. This work culminated in an event on Cataloguing Born Digital Material in November 2014 and the eventual drafting, in 2016 of a set of Best Guess Guidelines for Cataloguing Born Digital Material.

The most recent work in this area was the co-ordination of a response to the call for consultation on the draft Records in Contexts standard. A copy of the response can be found here

Digital Preservation

Another of the section’s main areas of activity has been around digital preservation. For example, eight digital preservation 'roadshows' were held during 2009-2010, to raise awareness of the issues associated with digital preservation and further details of these events can be found here. In 2012 SAT undertook a survey ‘We’re all digital archivists now?’ and a full report of the results is available to download (PDF). The section manages the relationship between ARA and the Digital Preservation Coalition, and has sponsored the annual student conference held by that organisation for a number of years. In attempting not to replicate the training provided by the DPC, the section has shifted its offer slightly from events focussed more narrowly on digital preservation (see for example this event held in 2014 to ones that encompass Digital Ambition and advanced skills training (e.g. a Library Carpentry for Archivists day held at The National Archives in 2017). It is also starting to look at subjects such as working with APIs and Machine Learning. Nevertheless we still maintain a page with some basic digital preservation links and information.


SAT helps to support projects funded by the ARA Research Fund. Recent projects with which SAT (or formerly DSG) have been involved have included: