DPOE Plants Seed for Statewide Digital Preservation Effort in California

The following is a guest post by Barrie Howard, IT project manager at the Library of Congress. The Digital Preservation Outreach and Education (DPOE) program is pleased to announce the successful completion of another train-the-trainer workshop in 2015. The most recent workshop took place in Sacramento, California, from September 22th–25th. This domestic training event follows […]

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 […]

Stewarding Academic and Research Content: An Interview with Bradley Daigle and Chip German about APTrust

The following is a guest post by Lauren Work, digital collections librarian, Virginia Commonwealth University. In this edition of the Insights Interview series for the NDSA Innovation Working Group, I was excited to talk with Bradley Daigle, director of digital curation services and digital strategist for special collections at the University of Virginia, and R. […]

Improving Technical Options for Audiovisual Collections Through the PREFORMA Project

The digital preservation community is a connected and collaborative one. I first heard about the Europe-based PREFORMA project last summer at a Federal Agencies Digitization Guidelines Initiative meeting when we were discussing the Digital File Formats for Videotape Reformatting comparison matrix. My interest was piqued because I heard about their incorporation of FFV1 and Matroska, […]

Cultural Institutions Embrace Crowdsourcing

Many cultural institutions have accelerated the development of their digital collections and data sets by allowing citizen volunteers to help with the millions of crucial tasks that archivists, scientists, librarians, and curators face. One of the ways institutions are addressing these challenges is through crowdsourcing. In this post, I’ll look at a few sample crowdsourcing projects […]

Describing Records Before They Arrive: An NDSR Project Update

The following is a guest post by Valerie Collins, National Digital Stewardship Resident at The American Institute of Architects. At the American Institute of Architects, the AIA Archives is building a digital repository for permanent born-digital records that capture the intellectual capital of the AIA, or have continuing value to the practice of architecture. In […]

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 […]

Seeking Comment on Migration Checklist

The NDSA Infrastructure Working Group’s goals are to identify and share emerging practices around the development and maintenance of tools and systems for the curation, preservation, storage, hosting, migration, and similar activities supporting the long term preservation of digital content. One of the ways the IWG strives to achieve their goals is to collaboratively develop […]

Viewshare Supports Critical Thinking in the Classroom

This year I had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Peggy Spitzer Christoff, lecturer in Asian and Asian American Studies at Stony Brook University. She shared with me how she’s using the Library of Congress’ Viewshare tool to engage her students in an introduction to Asia Studies course. Peg talked about using digital platforms as a way to improve writing, […]