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 […]

Comparing Formats for Still Image Digitizing: Part Two

The following is a guest post by Carl Fleischhauer, a Digital Initiatives Project Manager in NDIIPP. This is the second post (of two) on the recently posted comparison of selected digital file formats compiled by the Still Images Working Group within the Federal Agencies Digitization Guidelines Initiative.  In this post, I’ll offer some thoughts about JPEG […]

Comparing Formats for Still Image Digitizing: Part One

The following is a guest post by Carl Fleischhauer, a Digital Initiatives Project Manager in NDIIPP. The Still Image Working Group within the Federal Agencies Digitization Guidelines Initiative (FADGI) recently posted a comparison of a few selected digital file formats.  We sometimes call these target formats: they are the output format that you reformat to.  In […]

May Library of Congress Digital Preservation Newsletter Is Now Available

The May 2014 issue of the Library of Congress Digital Preservation Newsletter (pdf) is now available! In this issue: Shaking the Email Format Family Tree Interview with Jonathan Sterne: The Meaning of the MP3 Format The Why and What of Web Archives Protect Your Data:  Information Security A Defining Experience:  The Residency Class of 2014 […]

Saving the Date: Exploring Calendar and Scheduling Formats

Each January, my family picks out a new wall calendar to hang in our kitchen. Its main appeal these days is nostalgic decoration since we no longer use it to write down our appointments or important dates. Like many people, we now rely on electronic calendar and scheduling tools built into personal information manager software […]

NDSA Members, Check Out What’s New

A key strength of the National Digital Stewardship Alliance is to bring together a diverse group of organizations to identify, communicate and advocate for common needs and practices of the digital stewardship community. Membership is designed to allow government agencies, academic institutions and other types of corporate or nonprofit organizations to work collaboratively on issues […]

Protect Your Data: Information Security and the Boundaries of your Storage System

The following is a guest post from Jane Mandelbaum, co-chair of the National Digital Stewardship Alliance Innovation Working group and IT Project Manager at the Library of Congress. The NDSA Levels of Digital Preservation are useful in providing a high-level, at-a-glance overview of tiered guidance for planning for digital preservation. One of the most common requests received […]