There and Back Again: Scoping a Web Archiving Project Around the Hobbit

The following is a guest post from Sarah Weissman, a second year student in the MLS program at University of Maryland’s iSchool. This past semester as part of the course Information Access in the Humanities, my classmates and I studied current trends in humanities scholarship. Under the guidance of Kari Kraus we learned about the […]

Planning for National Preservation Week 2013

As this calendar year comes to a close, I’m thinking about my favorite work highlights from this past year. I’m happy to say there have been many, but Preservation Week tops my list. For the past few years, the Library of Congress has celebrated ALA’s Preservation Week, holding public outreach events to promote the importance […]

Before You Were Born: We Were Digitizing Texts

We are all pretty familiar with the process of scanning texts to produce page images and converting them using optical character recognition to full-text indexing and searching. But electronic texts have a far older-pedigree. Text digitization in the cultural heritage sector started in earnest in 1971, when the first Project Gutenberg text — the United […]

Digital Technology Expands the Scope and Reach of the Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collections

I am happy to have had the chance to interview Jan Ziolkowski, Director, and Yota Batsaki, Executive Director, of Dumbarton Oaks, about some recent developments involving use of technology to enhance the institution’s collections. Bill: The Dumbarton Oaks collections are as fascinating as they are diverse, relating as they do to Byzantine, Pre-Columbian and Garden […]

Call to Action to Preserve Science Discourse on the Open Web

Fifty years from now, what currently accessible web content will be invaluable for understanding science in our era? What kinds of uses do you imagine this science content serving? Where are the natural curatorial homes for this online content and how can we work together to collect, preserve, and provide access to science on the […]

December 2012 Library of Congress Digital Preservation Newsletter

The December 2012 Library of Congress Digital Preservation Newsletter is now available. http://www.digitalpreservation.gov/news/newsletter/201212.pdf In this issue: Digital Preservation Pioneer: Martha Anderson, Director Program Management NDIIPP Levels of Digital Preservation Candidate One Release Find out about the latest PDF/A specification: PDF/A-3 Did you know that museums had computer networks in the 1960′s? Read about a recent […]