Read about Emily Antoville

Emily Antoville
Information Management Assistant
Archives and Records Management Section, Department of Operational Support


What brought you to a career in technology at the United Nations?

I have been fortunate to work with emerging technologies in digital preservation since the beginning of my career, which has prepared me to take on my role at the United Nations in the Archives and Records Management Section (ARMS). As the majority of newly created records have transitioned from paper to digital, it has been a natural progression, in my work as an Archivist, to enter the digital preservation space. In addition to preserving born-digital records, the UN Archives retains original paper documents, which are scanned to create digital surrogates for accessibility and preservation. These records also require digital preservation measures.


What has been your favorite technology project or initiative at the United Nations and why? What was your contribution?

With the help of the ARMS IT team, I ingest permanent institutional records into a digital repository for long-term preservation, following industry best practices. As the digital surrogates are created, a package is created by manipulating the metadata, which is then ingested into the digital repository. Once completed, checksums are run to ensure that all the information has been ingested successfully.


What advice would you give women interested in pursuing a field in technology?

Take up space in the technology field and trust your instincts. Continue to learn and to grow and know that when you second guess yourself, there is a strong support system of women in tech who are here to help.