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The AOR Toolkit

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The Assessing Organisational Readiness toolkit was published in May 2016 and is available as a free download.

The Toolkit will help you measure your organisational readiness for managing digital content.

This process can be useful for making effective decisions about how to create, manage, store and preserve your digital content. Likewise, understanding future requirements is necessary to enable your organisation to decide whether specific actions need to be taken in regard to particular content, or when and how it is desirable to improve on current capabilities.

“It’s about measurement, not improvement; you don’t need to supply ‘evidence’ that you are doing anything.”

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How it works

The toolkit is structured as a number of elements, each one describing an aspect of digital content management and covering three discrete areas (organisational, technology and resource) also known as ‘legs’. This will allow users to:

  • Assess current capabilities from an organisational, technological and resource point of view
  • Assess individual, departmantal and organisation-wide readiness
  • Use toolkit examples to easily match existing capabilities
  • Populate our AOR scorecard template

Who is it for?

One key aim of re-launching the AOR toolkit was to widen its possible use beyond the use by education institutions and develop an easy to use reference guide that can be used by any organisation which needs to manage digital content. Here are some job titles we think would have an interest:

  • Archivists
  • Data Curators
  • FOI Officers
  • Librarians
  • Records Managers
  • Repository Managers

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DART Podcast – The AOR Toolkit

In episode 7 of our DART podcast I sat down with Ed and Steph to discuss the work they’ve both done on updating the AIDA (Assessing Institutional Digital Assets) which we will soon relaunch under its new name – The AOR Toolkit (Assessing Organisation Readiness).

Origins of The AOR Toolkit

Initially Kevin Ashley and Ed completed the JISC-funded AIDA project in 2009, and the idea was it could be used by any University – i.e. an institution – to assess its own capability for managing digital assets.

In this episode we talk about AIDA origin, examples of how people have used it, the changes we made and why, how the AOR toolkit can be used, and what next steps people can take once they have run through the self-assessment.

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Self-assessment as digital preservation training aid

On the Digital Preservation Training Programme, we always like to encourage students to assess their organisation and its readiness to undertake digital preservation. It’s possible that AIDA and the new AOR Toolkit could continue to have a small part in this process.

Self-assessment in DPTP

We have incorporated exercises in self-assessment as digital preservation training aid in the DPTP course for many years. We don’t do it much lately, but we used to get students to map themselves against the OAIS Reference Model. The idea was they could identify gaps in the Functional Entities, information package creation, and who their Producers / Consumers were. We would ask them to draw it up as a flipchart sketch, using dotted lines to express missing elements or gaps.

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