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 […]

The Foundations of Emulation as a Service: An Interview with Dirk von Suchodoletz, Part Two

This is Part Two of a two-part interview. Part One ran on Monday Dec. 10, 2012. In this installment of the Insights Interviews series, a project of the Innovation Working Group of the National Digital Stewardship Alliance Innovation Working Group, I’m talking to Dirk von Suchodoletz from the Department of Computer Science at the University […]

The Foundations of Emulation as a Service: An Interview with Dirk von Suchodoletz, Part One

In this installment of the Insights Interviews series, a project of the Innovation Working Group of the National Digital Stewardship Alliance Innovation Working Group, I’m talking to Dirk von Suchodoletz from the Department of Computer Science at the University of Freiburg, Germany and a representative to the Open Planets Foundation. He and his research partner […]