Preserving Online Science: Reflections

50 years from now, what web content from today will be invaluable for understanding science in our age? What kinds of uses do you imagine this science content could serve? Lastly, where are the natural curatorial homes for this online content and how can we work together to collect, preserve, and provide access to science […]

Digital Preservation Best Practices Exchange Meeting Set for December 4-6

This year’s Best Practices Exchange will take place on December 4-6 in Annapolis, MD.  The Maryland State Archives has graciously agreed to host the meeting. BPE meetings focus on the management of digital information in state government, and bring together practitioners to discuss real-world experiences, including tools, services and lessons learned.  The meetings have taken […]

States of Sustainability Recommendation – Continue to Look Outward

A few month’s ago, we announced the release of States of Sustainability: A Review of State Projects funded by the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP) (PDF), a report written by Christopher A. Lee of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill that provides a review of the Preserving State Government Information […]

Digital Preservation in a Box – Have a Look Inside!

The latest project from the National Digital Stewardship Alliance, Outreach Working Group, has now reached a milestone with the public unveiling of a new resource, “Digital Preservation in a Box.” Don’t let the “Box” term fool you – in keeping with the digital preservation nature of things, this “Box” is a virtual one.  That is, […]

Profile: William Kilbride of the Digital Preservation Coalition

“In my career I have always switched between computing and archaeology and at various points I have tried to escape back into archaeology,” said William Kilbride. Archaeological data management set him on the path to his current position as executive director of the UK-based Digital Preservation Coalition. Helping to establish international digital preservation standards might […]

Digital Preservation: Fighting the Battle for Fleeting Attention

Advertisers and economists talk about a concept known as the value proposition. It refers to what makes a product or service valuable to others. In the context of how preserving institutions communicate, the value proposition bluntly asks:  why should anyone pay attention to what an organization has to say?  When we talk about digital preservation, […]

Data-Intensive Librarians for Data-Intensive Research

The following is a guest post by Chelcie Rowell, 2012 Junior Fellow. A packed house heard Tony Hey and Clifford Lynch present on The Fourth Paradigm: Data-Intensive Research, Digital Scholarship and Implications for Libraries at the 2012 ALA Annual Conference. Jim Gray coined The Fourth Paradigm in 2007 to reflect a movement toward data-intensive science. Adapting […]

Rescuing the Tangible From the Intangible

They’re the red-headed stepchildren of the digital age. They’re neither retro chic (all things being relative, of course) like the server arrays that support “big data,” nor are they as cute as the thumb drives made to look like your favorite Star Wars character (or more oddly, chicken feet). Of what do I speak? The […]