One Size Does Not Always Fit All

The following is a guest post from Michael Neubert, a Supervisory Digital Projects Specialist at the Library of Congress. Recently, I talked with Kristen Regina, Head of Archives and Special Collections at the Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens in northwest Washington and Jaime McCurry, Digital Assets Librarian, about workflows and issues for web archiving, an […]

Format Migrations at Harvard Library: An NDSR Project Update

The following is a guest  post by Joey Heinen, National Digital Stewardship Resident at Harvard University Library. As has been famously outlined by the Library of Congress on their website on sustainability factors for digital formats, digital material is just as susceptible to obsolescence as analog formats. Within digital preservation there are a number of […]

Tracking Digital Collections at the Library of Congress, from Donor to Repository

When Kathleen O’Neill talks about digital collections, she slips effortlessly into the info-tech language that software engineers, librarians, archivists and other information technology professionals use to communicate with each other.  O’Neill, a senior archives specialist in the Library of Congress’s Manuscript Division, speaks with authority about topics such as file signatures, hex editors and checksums even […]

Mapping Words: Lessons Learned From a Decade of Exploring the Geography of Text

The following is a guest post by Kalev Hannes Leetaru, Senior Fellow, George Washington University Center for Cyber & Homeland Security. It is hard to imagine our world today without maps. Though not the first online mapping platform, the debut of Google Maps a decade ago profoundly reshaped the role of maps in everyday life, […]

Residents Chosen for NDSR 2015 in Washington, DC

We are pleased to announce that the Washington, DC National Digital Stewardship Residency class for 2015 has now been chosen! Five very accomplished people have been selected from a highly competitive field of candidates. The new residents will arrive in Washington, DC this June to begin the program. Updates on the program, including more information […]

Checking in with NGAC and the National Spatial Data Infrastructure

Several times a year I attend meetings of the National Geospatial Advisory Committee, a federal advisory committee that reports to the chair of the Federal Geographic Data Committee. The NGAC pulls together participants from across academia, the private sector and all levels of government to advise the Federal government on geospatial policy and ways to […]

DPOE Interview with Sam Meister

The following is a guest post by Barrie Howard, IT Project Manager at the Library of Congress. This interview is part of a series about digital preservation training inspired by the Library’s Digital Preservation Outreach & Education (DPOE) Program. Today’s interview is with Sam Meister, University of Montana-Missoula, who is a DPOE Train-the-Trainer Workshop instructor […]

Many Goals for One Residency: An NDSR Project Update

The following is a guest post by Jen LaBarbera, National Digital Stewardship Resident at Northeastern University Library. It’s hard to believe that I only have two and a half months left in this residency. Despite Boston’s interminable winter (officially the snowiest on record), my time as a National Digital Stewardship Resident at Northeastern University has […]

Reaching Out and Moving Forward: Revising the Library of Congress’ Recommended Format Specifications

The following post is by Ted Westervelt, head of acquisitions and cataloging for U.S. Serials in the Arts, Humanities & Sciences section at the Library of Congress. Nine months ago, the Library of Congress released its Recommended Format Specifications. This was the result of years of work by experts from across the institution, bringing their […]

Creating Workflows for Born-Digital Collections: An NDSR Project Update

The following is a guest post by Julia Kim, National Digital Stewardship Resident at New York University Libraries. I’m now into the last leg of my nine-month residency, and I’m amazed by what has been accomplished and the major steps still ahead of me. In this post, I’ll give a project update on my primary […]