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 […]

The “Spherical Mercator” of Time: Incorporating History in Digital Maps

In 1982 Interstate I-66 opened, providing a direct high-speed connection (except at rush hour) between downtown Washington D.C. and its western suburbs in Virginia. I was barely out of high school at the time so its opening didn’t really register with me, but now I live mere blocks away from the highway so it’s an […]

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 […]