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We're thrilled to be holding the first virtual Archivematica Camp in collaboration with Camp Hosts, Concordia University Records Management and Archives, and Concordia University Library!

Inspired by similar events like Hydra Camp, Islandora Camp and Fedora Camp, Archivematica Camp is intended to provide a space for anyone interested in or currently using Archivematica to come together, learn about the platform from other users, and share their experiences.

A big thanks to Concordia for sponsoring this camp and exploring this new format with us!

Dates and Location[edit]

May 17, 19-21, 2021

Sessions will be held using Zoom, with supporting Google docs. Links will be sent to registered participants prior to the first session.


Registration opens on March 10 at 11 am EST Register here

Full price: $375 CAD, 30 spots, available until May 14th (or until we sell out)

Full registration includes Bootcamp (May 17) and advanced user training (May 19-21) - four days of training, discussion, and deep dive sessions into related topics like METS visualization and preservation planning, taught by experienced Archivematica users and trainers!

Bootcamp only: $150 CAD, 30 spots, available until May 14th (or until we sell out)

Advanced training only: $250 CAD, 30 spots, available until May 14th (or until we sell out)

Update April 14 - All camp events are now full! However, we maintain a waiting list (please sign up through Eventbrite)

Know before you go[edit]

Digital preservation knowledge expectations

If you've registered because you are curious about Archivematica but not sure what a SIP, DIP, or AIP is, you might find it helpful to read up on digital preservation fundamentals before Day 1. We recommend Ashley Blewer's digital preservation and OAIS slidedecks as good starting points to learn about digital preservation and the OAIS reference model, on which Archivematica is based. If you want to dive deeper, there are a lot of OAIS and digital preservation primers out there! A basic grounding in the fundamentals should be enough to get you started.


Presentations will be in English, however slides will be available in English and French, and members of the Host team will be available to help with translation as needed, and to run breakout groups in French if desired.

Code of conduct

We are committed to providing a welcoming and positive experience for everyone. This means that Archivematica Camp Vancouver is governed by a Code of Conduct, which you can read at the bottom of this page.

Questions or concerns?

Please email us at with "Archivematica Camp Concordia" in the subject line and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.

Camp Counsellors[edit]

From the Host Team:

  • John Richan (he/him), Digital Archivist, Concordia University Records Management and Archives
  • Sarah Lake (she/her), Digital Preservation Librarian, Concordia University Library
  • Mireille Nappert (elle/she/her), Archiviste numérique, HEC Montréal

From Artefactual Systems:

  • Kelly Stewart (she/her), Chief Archivist
  • Jennifer Roberts (she/her), Systems Archivist
  • Sarah Mason (she/her), Systems Archivist


Monday, May 17: Day One - Archivematica Bootcamp[edit]

This day is for the new Archivematica user or the Archivematica-curious, or a refresher for those who have not used Archivematica much, or in a while. It will cover basics of digital preservation, the OAIS Reference Model, the role of open source tools in digital preservation, and introduce Archivematica and a standard manual workflow, including basic processing configurations for different types of digital content. It will include hands-on exercises on training machines, conducted in breakout rooms with an Artefactual trainer or camp host/counselor available to answer questions.

Times and time zones: Start time 7am PDT - 10am EDT - 3pm BST

Time (Eastern) Zoom

10:00-10:30am Welcome, announcements, land acknowledgement, "No stupid questions"

Welcome from Concordia University Archivist, Marie-Pierre Aubé and Geoffrey Robert Little, Associate University Librarian, Scholarly Communications.

10:30-11:15am Module 1: Archivematica in the digital preservation landscape

Topics covered include: where does Archivematica fit into the digital preservation landscape, what does Archivematica promise to do, what doesn't Archivematica do.

11:15-11:30am Break

11:30am-1:00pm Module 2: How does Archivematica actually work?

Topics covered include: Archivematica's conceptual model, packages (transfers, bags, SIPs, AIPs, DIPs), microservices as implementations of preservation actions, workflows, storage spaces, how the Storage Service works, and how to get at your content.

1:00-2:00pm Lunch
2:00-3:30pm Module 3: Archivematica's core functionality

Topics covered include: understanding Archivematica's dashboard, including the Transfer tab, Ingest tab, Administration tab, and Preservation planning tab, plus a first look at an AIP produced by Archivematica. This afternoon session includes hands-on exercises in breakout rooms.

3:30-3:45pm Break
3:45-4:45pm Module 3: Archivematica's core functionality, continued

Topics covered include: understanding Archivematica's dashboard, including the Transfer tab, Ingest tab, Administration tab, and Preservation planning tab, plus a first look at an AIP produced by Archivematica. This afternoon session includes hands-on exercises in breakout rooms.

4:45-5:15pm Wrap-up and questions

Tuesday, May 18: No sessions[edit]

Wednesday, May 19: Day 2[edit]

Time Zoom
10:00-10:15am Schedule overview, "no stupid questions"
10:15-11:45am Module 4: Understanding AIPs

Topics covered include how the AIP is structured and a close look at the METS file, as well as some community work to visualize METS files in a more human-friendly way (full and breakout groups)

11:45am-12:00pm Break
12:00-1:00pm Host profiles

John Richan, Sarah Lake, and Tomasz Neugebauer will give an overview of using Archivematica at Concordia University.

1:00-1:30pm Questions and discussion

Thursday, May 20: Day 3[edit]

Time Zoom
10:00-10:15am Schedule overview, "no stupid questions"
10:15-11:45am Module 5: Building on core: Archivematica's specialized workflows

Topics covered include transfers of zipped files, disk images, metadata.csv, manual normalization, and a look at automation tools (full and breakout groups).

11:45am-12:00pm Break
12:00-1:00pm Implementation roundtable

Participants are invited to talk about how they are using, or want to use, Archivematica.

1:00-1:30pm Questions and discussion

Friday, May 21: Day 4[edit]

Time Zoom
10:00-10:15am Schedule overview, "no stupid questions"
10:15am-12:15pm Module 6: Stream 1 - Archivematica's non-core functionality

Topics covered include a look at the Backlog and Appraisal tab, AIP reingest, AIP encryption, transcription (full and breakout groups).

12:15-12:30pm Break
12:30-1:00pm Archivematica - New Toys, Next Steps!

Hear about some of the new features coming to Archivematica, and different implementations.

1:00-1:30pm No Stupid Questions!

Summary and overview of questions collected and answered throughout Camp.

1:30-1:45pm That's a wrap!

Evaluations and farewells.

Code of Conduct[edit]

The Archivematica community is dedicated to providing a welcoming and positive experience for everyone, whether they are in a formal session or a social setting related to an Archivematica event, or are taking part in activities online. Archivematica community participants come from all over the world and bring with them a wide variety of professional, personal and social backgrounds; whatever these may be, we treat colleagues with dignity and respect. We are sensitive to the fact that the international nature of the Archivematica community means that we span many different social norms around language and behaviour and we strive to conduct ourselves in ways that are unlikely to cause offense. In the event that someone’s conduct is causing offense or distress, the Archivematica Camp has a detailed Anti-Harassment Policy, details below, which can be applied to address the problem.

The first step in dealing with any serious misconduct is to contact a member of the organizing group, or a counsellor at an Archivematica Camp (please see counsellors, above). These people will be made known before and during any Archivematica Camp event.

Anti-Harassment Policy

The Archivematica community is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference/camp experience for everyone. If you have been harassed, please consult this protocol for conflict resolution which makes clear how we can help.

The Archivematica community has established the following policy to make it clear that we do not tolerate harassment in any form. Sexual or discriminatory language and imagery are not appropriate for any event venue, including talks, or any other communication channel used during the conference (such as social media).

Harassment includes:

  • offensive verbal comments related to sex, gender, ethnicity, nationality, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, age, race, religion;
  • sexual or discriminatory images in public spaces;
  • deliberate intimidation;
  • stalking;
  • harassing photography or recording;
  • sustained disruption of talks or other events;
  • inappropriate physical contact; and
  • unwelcome sexual attention.

The lingua franca of Archivematica Camp is English; however, English may not be the native language of Archivematica Camp participants. Further, cultural norms around what may be considered obscene and offensive communication will vary among Archivematica Camp attendees. Campers are asked to please be mindful of the international character of Archivematica Camp, and to use respectful and clear language free of slang to facilitate communication.

Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.

If a participant engages in harassing behavior, event organizers and Archivematica representatives (or their designees) may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender, expulsion from Archivematica Camp, or contacting a higher authority such as a representative from the offender’s institution.

If a participant raises a concern relating to actions covered by this policy in good faith, there will be no retaliation for bringing forward their concern. Threatening or taking action against someone for invoking this policy or for participating in any related investigation will be considered a violation of this policy.

Participants are expected to follow the anti-harassment policy at all Camp-related venues, Camp-related social events, and online communication channels.

We expect attendees and speakers past and present to be respectful to each other, and we will deal with any incidents that arise, including on social media.

We value your participation in the Archivematica community and your support in keeping the Archivematica community a safe, welcoming, and friendly space for fellow participants.


This policy is based on the PASIG Code of Conduct, portions of which were modified from the Open Repositories’ code of conduct, which was itself modified from Seattle Attic’s code of conduct and the Ada Initiative’s event harassment policy.


This document is licensed under Creative Commons BY-SA.