An Intern Considers the Digital Preservation Challenge, Part 1

The following is a guest post by Jennifer Clark, an NDIIPP intern from the University of Illinois Graduate School of Library and Information Science. I came to NDIIPP expecting to hear that institutions and the public weren’t prioritizing digital preservation, and that the next wave of librarians would need to shout from the rooftops to raise awareness […]

Voices of the Holocaust Resonate on the Web

The collections of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum include recorded accounts from people who experienced one of the most horrific events in history. And, by the very nature of these interviews, the Museum faces a unique challenge: the last of the potential interviewees are aging and dying. Time is running out and opportunities to record […]

Hacking, Making and Library-ating: A Week in the Trenches at SXSW 2013

South by Southwest is a marathon. Actually, it’s more like trying to sprint your way through a hot and dusty marathon populated with approximately 60,000 badge-wearing attendees across the Interactive, Film and Music conferences and numerous others in town to bask in the vibrations. In other words, it’s crazy, amazing and discombobulating all at the […]

Announcing a Free “Perspectives on Personal Digital Archiving” Publication

We are very excited to unveil our new e-publication, Perspectives on Personal Digital Archiving! This is something new for us: a published compilation of selected blog posts published in The Signal. All of these posts are written by NDIIPP staff as well as guest bloggers from inside and outside the Library of Congress. This resource […]

Quest for the Critical E-dition: An interview with Leonardo Flores

The following interview is a guest post from Jose (Ricky) Padilla, an intern with the NDIIPP program working on issues related to software preservation and the innovation and infrastructure working groups of the National Digital Stewardship Alliance. In this installment of the Insights Interviews Series I interview Dr. Leonardo Flores, Professor of English at El […]

Advocating for Digital Preservation During Alternative Spring Break

The following is a guest post by Jennifer Clark, intern with NDIIPP at the Library of Congress. I am a first-year Master of Science student at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign through their online distance-learning LEEP program. I am pursuing a specialization in Data Curation […]

Snow Byte and the Seven Formats: A Digital Preservation Fairy Tale

The following is a guest post by Tess Webre, an intern with NDIIPP at the Library of Congress. In a recent meeting, some colleagues and I discussed the age in which individuals should start understanding the basics of digital preservation. I suggested that, with children creating digital files earlier and earlier, it should be taught […]

Digitization and Digital Preservation: Questions Persist

Digitization–making a digital copy of a non-digital object–is a bedeviling topic for digital preservationists. Establishing a clear line of demarcation between the process of creating the digital copy and the process of keeping the copy over time is the central issue. I’ve always thought this was semantics. Well-meaning, but ill-informed, people said “digital preservation” when […]