Hydra’s Open Source Approach: An Interview with Tom Cramer

The following interview is a guest post from Karen Cariani, Director of the WGBH Media Library and Archives at WGBH Educational Foundation and Co-Chair for the National Digital Stewardship Alliance Infrastructure Working Group.  Open source software is playing an important role in digital stewardship. In an effort to better understand the role open source software is […]

Open Data and Preservation

Yesterday, May 9, 2013, the U.S. government issued an executive order and an open data policy mandating that federal agencies collect and publish new datasets in open, machine-readable, and, whenever possible, non-proprietary formats.  The new policy gives agencies six months to create an inventory of all the government-produced datasets they collect and maintain; a list […]

Fifty Digital Preservation Activities You Can Do

The following is a guest post by Tess Webre, former intern with NDIIPP at the Library of Congress Preservation Week 2013 might be over, but digital preservation must go on every week of the year. In truth, preservation is an ongoing, long lasting process that requires active management. Don’t despair, though. I have some helpful suggestions to […]

Ian MacKaye and Citizen Archiving

I think of “citizen archivists” as the first responders of history, arriving early on the scene to gather, capture, describe and preserve ephemeral artifacts of interest and helping to ensure that they survive over time to share with the future. Thoughts on citizen archivists and their importance to institutions like ours were running through my […]

Historicizing the Digital for Digital Preservation Education: An Interview with Alison Langmead and Brian Beaton

In this installment of the NDSA innovation working group’s ongoing series of innovation interviews I talk with Alison Langmead and Brian Beaton about the approach they are taking to teaching Digital Preservation at the University of Pittsburgh. Alison holds a joint appointment in the Department of the History of Art and Architecture and the School […]

Picturing Perpetual Beta for Digital Preservation

The perfect digital preservation system does not exist. It may someday, but I don’t expect to live to see it. Instead, people and organizations are working on iterations of systems, and system components, that are gradually improving how we steward digital content over time. This concept of perpetual beta has been around for a while; […]

New Video: Digital Preservation at the Library of Congress’s Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation

We produce occasional short videos  related to digital preservation. These videos address such topics as personal digital archiving, adding descriptions to digital photographs and the K-12 Web Archiving program, to name a few. Our newest video profiles one of the Library of Congress’s most magnificent treasures: the Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation, located in […]

Understanding User Generated Tags for Digital Collections: An Interview with Jennifer Golbeck

This is a guest post by Jose “Ricky” Padilla, a HACU intern working with NDIIPP. More and more cultural heritage organizations are inviting their users to tag collection items to help aggregate, sort and filter collection items. If we could better understand how and why users tag and what they’re tagging we can better understand how […]

Older Personal Computers Aging Like Vintage Wine (if They Dodged the Landfill)

We have moved so far so fast with personal computing that older machines are acquiring a cultural patina. Everyone, seemingly, has a memory of  “old computers,” even if some people think having a hard drive under 100 gigabytes fits the definition. There are perhaps two ways to think about obsolete computers. One is as trash […]