Thanks for the welcome and sorry for the radio silence - been on holiday for a few days. In response to all the questions/comments. Archives Hub are much loved and are as technical as it gets in archives in the UK. I would be loathe to speak on their behalf as Jane Stevenson (https://www.jisc.ac.uk/staff/jane-stevenson
) is more than capable of speaking for herself, but for an idea of some of the things they have been involved in see http://data.archiveshub.ac.uk/about.html
. I guess their engagement in this area is explained in part by their status as an aggregator - they have no collections of their own, just other people's data so their focus can be solely on that data, how it is stored, imported, exported, shared etc. I'd be happy to help out by looking at the feedback on Archives Carpentry, but in answer to the initial questions. The technical skill/context that is most relevant to archives is probably around data cleansing - this in particular since dealing with born digital records became more common place. At the moment smaller archives favour tools like DROID (developed by The National Archives) but they tend to take the data from that and put it into Excel - indeed many archivists I have spoken to would just like better Excel skills. There is also recognition though that this sort of hand cranked process is not going to work at scale. So the main context is born digital records and digital preservation mainly and the skills are around just dealing with data. There is another side though that sees archives as interested in how they can use technology for recordkeeping aims, e.g. the use of block chain technology in service of the archival aim of authenticity and linked data/semantic technologies in service of encoding/preserving meaning. That is a bit more out there at the moment though. Anyway, hope that helps and if you send me the link, I will look at the feedback.