The Top 10 Blog Posts of 2015 on The Signal

Mummers Parade on New Year's day, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Photo by Carol M. Highsmith, Jan 1, 2011. Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

Mummers Parade on New Year’s day, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Photo by Carol M. Highsmith, Jan 1, 2011. Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

It’s the end of the year on The Signal, and it gives us the chance to look back at our most popular posts of the year.

As we have in past years, we were thrilled to share projects and updates that are happening in the community or for the community. Digital stewardship on a national scale requires engaging many communities, and here at The Signal we’re pleased to share work happening at the Library and at other organizations.

As I have, I hope you take a quick read back through these posts. They are a great reflection of the diversity, range and interest in digital stewardship topics, like standards, workflows, tools, and networking and collaboration between Library partners and practitioners working in the field. We’re looking forward to 2016 when we hope to share more of the same, as well as share activities and projects that highlight national and international digital library initiatives.

Thanks to all of our contributors and readers for a great blogging year!  Here’s the entire list of top 10 posts of 2015, ranked by page views based on data as of December 22:

  1. The Personal Digital Archiving 2015 Conference
  2. Tracking Digital Collections at the Library of Congress, from Donor to Repository
  3. Mapping Libraries: Creating Real-time Maps of Global Information
  4. All in the (Apple ProRes 422 Video Codec) Family
  5. Creating Workflows for Born-Digital Collections: An NDSR Project Update
  6. A New Interface and New Web Archive Content at Loc.gov
  7. Introducing the Federal Web Archiving Working Group
  8. Reaching Out and Moving Forward: Revising the Library of Congress’ Recommended Format Specifications
  9. Digital Forensics and Digital Preservation: An Interview with Kam Woods of BitCurator
  10. Cultural Institutions Embrace Crowdsourcing

Is your favorite blog post on the list? Did you have a favorite one that didn’t make the list? Share it in the comments below!

Digitizing Motion Picture Film: FADGI Report on Current Practices and Future Directions

The following is a guest post by Carl Fleischhauer, a Digital Initiatives Project Manager at the Library of Congress. More often than not, the Federal Agencies Digitization Guidelines Initiative Working Groups (one for still images, one for audio-visual) find themselves walking a line between codifying widely adopted practices and exploring new ideas and new technologies […]

Acquiring at Digital Scale: Harvesting the StoryCorps.me Collection

This post was originally published on the Folklife Today blog, which features folklife topics, highlighting the collections of the Library of Congress, especially the American Folklife Center and the Veterans History Project.  In this post, Nicole Saylor, head of the American Folklife Center Archive, talks about the StoryCorps.me mobile app and interviews Kate Zwaard and […]

Access Historic Audio and Video Programs: AAPB Launches Online Reading Room

The following is a guest post by Karen Cariani, AAPB Project Director and Director WGBH Media Library and Archive, Alan Gevinson, AAPB Project Director and Special Assistant to the Packard Campus Chief, and Casey Davis, Project Manager, American Archive of Public Broadcasting, WGBH Educational Foundation. The American Archive of Public Broadcasting (AAPB) Project Team at […]

Announcing the 2015 Innovation Award Winners

On behalf of the National Digital Stewardship Alliance Innovation Working Group, I am excited to announce the 2015 NDSA Innovation Award winners! This year, the annual innovation awards committee reviewed over thirty exceptional nominations from across the country. Awardees were selected based on how their work or their project’s whose goals or outcomes represent an […]

Extra Extra! Chronicling America Posts its 10 Millionth Historic Newspaper Page

Talk about newsworthy! Chronicling America, an online searchable database of historic U.S. newspapers, has posted its 10 millionth page today. Way back in 2013, Chronicling America boasted 6 million pages available for access online. The site makes digitized newspapers (of those published between 1836 and 1922) available through the National Digital Newspaper Program. It also […]

Five Questions for the Smithsonian Institution Archives’ Lynda Schmitz Fuhrig

The following is a guest post from Michael Neubert, a supervisory digital projects specialist at the Library of Congress. In February of this year I wrote a post here about an collaborative effort of representatives of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), the Government Publishing Office (GPO), and the Library of Congress to work […]

The National Digital Platform for Libraries: An Interview with Trevor Owens and Emily Reynolds from IMLS

I had the chance to ask Trevor Owens and Emily Reynolds at the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) about the national digital platform priority and current IMLS grant opportunities.  I was interested to hear how these opportunities could support ongoing activities and research in the digital preservation and stewardship communities. Erin: Could you […]

SAA Awards NDSA for Outstanding Published Work

The National Digital Stewardship Alliance has been awarded a special commendation in the Preservation Publication category for the 2015 National Agenda for Digital Stewardship from the Society of American Archivists. The award recognize outstanding published work related to archives preservation, and was presented as part of the 2015 SAA annual conference in Cleveland, Ohio. “The […]

We Welcome Our Email Overlords: Highlights from the Archiving Email Symposium

This post is co-authored with Erin Engle, a Digital Archivist in the Office of Strategic Initiatives. Despite the occasional death knell claims, email is alive, well and exponentially thriving in many organizations. It’s become an increasingly complex challenge for collecting and memory institutions as we struggle with the same issues: How is email processed differently […]