Users, Use Cases and Adapting Web Archiving to Achieve Better Results

The following is a guest post from Michael Neubert, a Supervisory Digital Projects Specialist at the Library of Congress. In a blog post about six months ago I wrote about how the Library of Congress web archiving program was starting to harvest “general” internet news sites such as Daily Kos, Huffington Post and Townhall.com, as […]

Insights Interview: Josh Sternfeld on Funding Digital Stewardship Research and Development

The 2015 iteration of the National Agenda for Digital Stewardship identifies high-level recommendations, directed at funders, researchers, and organizational leaders that will advance the community’s capacity for digital preservation. As part of our Insights Interview series we’re pleased to talk with Josh Sternfeld, a Senior Program Officer in the Division of Preservation and Access at […]

National Digital Stewardship Alliance Seeking New Host Organization

Request For Proposals: Organizational Host for the National Digital Stewardship Alliance Founded in 2010, the National Digital Stewardship Alliance (NDSA) is a consortium of institutions that are committed to the long-term preservation of digital information. NDSA’s mission is to establish, maintain and advance the capacity to preserve digital resources for the benefit of present and […]

Helping Congress Archive Their Personal Digital Files

By early December 2014, a Congressional election year, newly elected Members of Congress were preparing for public service as outgoing Members were ending their public service and attending exit briefings. At an event sponsored by the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress, the December 3rd “Life After Congress” seminar, Robin Reeder, Archivist of the […]

Libraries Looking Across Languages: Seeing the World Through Mass Translation

The following is a guest post by Kalev Hannes Leetaru, Senior Fellow, George Washington University Center for Cyber & Homeland Security. Portions adapted from a post for the Knight Foundation. Imagine a world where language was no longer a barrier to information access, where anyone can access real-time information from anywhere in the world in […]

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, […]