Untangling the Knot of CAD Preservation

At the 2014 Society of American Archivists meeting, the CAD/BIM Taskforce held a session titled “Frameworks for the Discussion of Architectural Digital Data” to consider the daunting matter of archiving computer-aided design and Building Information Modelling files. This was the latest evidence that — despite some progress in standards and file exchange — archivists and the […]

Curating Extragalactic Distances: An interview with Karl Nilsen & Robin Dasler

While a fair amount of digital preservation focuses on objects that have clear corollaries to objects from our analog world (still and moving images and documents for example), there are a range of forms that are basically natively digital. Completely native digital forms, like database-driven web applications, introduce a variety of challenges for long-term preservation […]

August Library of Congress Digital Preservation Newsletter is Now Available

The August Library of Congress Digital Preservation Newsletter is now available: Included in this issue: Digital Preservation 2014: It’s a Thing Preserving Born Digital News LOLCats and Libraries with Amanda Brennan Digital Preservation Questions and Answers End-of-Life Care for Aging, Fragile CDs Education Program updates Interviews with Henry Jenkins and Trevor Blank More on Digital […]

Preserving Born Digital News at Digital Preservation 2014

The following is a guest post from Anne Wootton, CEO of Pop Up Archive, which makes tools for preserving and creating access to digital spoken word; Edward McCain, the Digital Curator of Journalism at the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri; Leslie Johnston, Direction of Digital Preservation at the National Archives […]

Scoring, Not Storing: Digital Preservation Assessment Criteria at #digpres14

The following is a guest post by Seth Anderson, consultant at AVPreserve.  This is part of an ongoing series of posts to highlight and preview the Digital Preservation 2014 program.  Here Seth previews the session he organized, “Digital Preservation Audit and Planning with ISO 16363 and NDSA Levels of Preservation,” scheduled for Wednesday, July 23 […]

July Library of Congress Digital Preservation Newsletter

The July issue of the Library of Congress Digital Preservation newsletter is now available! In this issue: Featuring “Digital Preservation and the Arts” including Web Archiving and Preserving the Arts, and Preserving Digital and Software-Based Artworks An Interview with Marla Misunas (and friends) of SFMOMA, part 2 Community Approaches to Digital Stewardship Exhibiting GIFs, with […]

Preserving Digital and Software-Based Artworks: Recap of a NDSA Discussion

In response to a suggestion from our active membership, the NDSA Standards and Practices Working Group recently hosted a discussion about preserving digital and software-based artworks. Interestingly, the suggestion for this topic came not from a museum staffer but by Winston Atkins, Preservation Officer at Duke University Libraries. Complex materials like digital art works and […]

June Library of Congress Digital Preservation Newsletter Now Available

The June 2014 Library of Congress Digital Preservation Newsletter (pdf) is now available! Included in this issue: The 2014 NDSA Innovation Award Winners. An Insights Interview with Zach Whalen. Comparing Formats for Still Image Digitizing. Big Data is not Going to Manage Itself. Personal Digital Archiving: recent projects at two public libraries. Residency Program: wrapping […]

All that Big Data Is Not Going to Manage Itself: Part Two

Yesterday’s blog post described some of the federal government initiatives that have driven data management requirements over the past ten years or so. “Data management” is a hot job area right now, and if you tilt the digital stewardship universe a certain direction, almost everything we do falls under the rubric of “data management.” Data […]