When is Open Source Software the Right Choice for Cultural Heritage Organizations? An Interview with Peter Murray

I am excited to continue the NDSA infrastructure working group’s ongoing exploration of the role that open source software can and is playing in supporting long term access to digital cultural heritage with this interview with Peter Murray about FOSS4lib, “the site that helps libraries decide if and which open source software is right for […]

ALCTS, PLA and Library of Congress Collaborate on Personal Digital Archiving Campaign

The Library of Congress, the ALA’s Association for Library Collections and Technical Services and the Public Library Association have joined forces to spread information about personal digital archiving, using public libraries as information resources for local communities. Barbara A. Macikas, executive director of the PLA (a division of the American Library Association), said that the shared mission of […]

January 2013 Library of Congress Digital Preservation Newsletter

The January 2013 Library of Congress Digital Preservation Newsletter is now available. http://www.digitalpreservation.gov/news/newsletter/201301.pdf In this issue: Why does digital preservation matter? Learn about some key dates in the history of digitizing texts. A call to action to preserve science discourse on the Web. Find out what resolution to scan at when using your personal scanner. […]

Top 10 Digital Preservation Developments of 2012

With 2012 safely behind us, let us praise some of the best things that happened last year in digital preservation. This is something of a tradition for us, as we have previously run down a list for 2011 and 2010. I cast a wide net and mustered my objectivity in in picking activities with the […]

Teaching Viewshare for Academic Work: An Interview with Moya Bailey

This is a guest post from Camille Salas, an intern with the Library of Congress. She interviews Moya Bailey from Emory University.  Moya Bailey is a graduate fellow in the Digital Scholarship Commons at Emory University where she explores critical race, feminist, and disability studies. Her current work focuses on constructs of health and normativity […]

Geopreservation Information for All Communities

You’re a graduate student in a geography education program learning about the concepts underlying a geographic information system, including creating, analyzing and editing geospatial data sets. Part of your coursework also includes learning about the preservation of GIS data. As an academic librarian, your position oversees the gathering and management of geospatial data as well […]

Public Participation and Stewardship of Science: Arfon Smith of Adler Planetarium and the Zooniverse

I’m excited to be able to chat with Arfon Smith, Director of Citizen Science at The Adler Planetarium & technical lead on the Zooniverse projects. Adler Planetarium is the newest member of the National Digital Stewardship Alliance (and the first Planetarium to join!). Adler is somewhat unique in that it both collects, preserves and exhibits […]

Doug Boyd and the Power of Digital Oral History in the 21st Century

Digital preservation and Internet access are not only transforming the way we record and convey history, they are also restoring the importance of humankind’s oldest means of storytelling: the oral tradition. One of the most influential leaders in this modern oral-history movement is Doug Boyd, director of the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History […]