Upgrading Image Thumbnails… Or How to Fill a Large Display Without Your Content Team Quitting

The following is a guest post by Chris Adams from the Repository Development Center at the Library of Congress, the technical lead for the World Digital Library. Preservation is usually about maintaining as much information as possible for the future but access requires us to balance factors like image quality against file size and design […]

Perpetual Access and Digital Preservation at #SAA14

I had the distinct pleasure of moderating the opening plenary session of the Joint Annual Meeting of COSA, NAGARA and SAA in Washington D.C. in early August. The panel was on the “state of access,” and I shared the dais with David Cuillier, an Associate Professor and Director of the University of Arizona School of […]

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 […]

What Do You Do With 100 Million Photos? David A. Shamma and the Flickr Photos Dataset

Every day, people from around the world upload photos to share on a range of social media sites and web applications. The results are astounding; collections of billions of digital photographs are now stored and managed by several companies and organizations. In this context, Yahoo Labs recently announced that they were making a data set […]

Emulation as a Service (EaaS) at Yale University Library

The following is a guest post from Euan Cochrane, ‎Digital Preservation Manager at Yale University Library. This piece continues and extends exploration of the potential of emulation as a service and virtualization platforms. Increasingly, the intellectual productivity of scholars involves the creation and development of software and software-dependent content. For universities to act as responsible stewards […]

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 […]

Research is Magic: An Interview with Ethnographers Jason Nguyen & Kurt Baer

The following is a guest post from Julia Fernandez, this year’s NDIIPP Junior Fellow. Julia has a background in American studies and working with folklife institutions and worked on a range of projects leading up to CurateCamp Digital Culture in July. This is part of a series of interviews Julia conducted to better understand the […]

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 […]