During the past few months, we have been developing an archival data model with the aim of making it flexible for our own potential future needs and accessible for all of our users. (See our previous posts Modelling our digital archival data and Digital archiving: the seven pillars of metadata.)
A diverse group of people within the organisation has been involved in this project, ranging from some of the top experts in the field to laypeople like me. I began my work as an apprentice here roughly a year ago. I had no prior knowledge or understanding of how an archive would function, so from the start I have devoted a lot of my time to researching archival terminology and concepts. I have found this to be a benefit in modelling our archival data, allowing me to lend a fresh pair of eyes and a digital-first point of view to the project.