Sharing, Theft, and Creativity: deviantART’s Share Wars and How an Online Arts Community Thinks About Their Work

Dan Perkel is a Design Researcher at IDEO. Last year, he finished is doctoral work at Berkley’s iSchool. His dissertation, Making Art, Creating Infrastructure: deviantART and the Production of the Web, involved an extensive ethnographic study of deviantART, a massive online community site built around sharing digital art. As part of our on going Insights […]

Miles and Miles of Files: Digital Preservation Reverberates in Popular Music

The first time I recall hearing a musical reference to computers or anything else digital was many years ago while listening to the Moody Blues.  A high school girlfriend pulled out an album–On the Threshold of a Dream–and plopped it onto her portable record player. In the Beginning, the first track, opens with some trippy […]

DPOE Continues to Expand Trainer Network

This is a guest post from George Coulbourne, Executive Program Officer in the Office of Strategic Initiatives, Library of Congress. Braving the heat of an Indiana summer, 21 library, archive, and museum professionals recently completed the Digital Preservation Outreach and Education program’s second Train-the-Trainer Workshop. Representing the states of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, […]

Big Data and the Dawn of the Super Researcher

In separate “big data” presentations at the Digital Preservation 2012 meeting, Myron Guttmann of the National Science Foundation and Leslie Johnston of the Library of Congress described scenarios that seemed futuristic and fantastic but were in fact present-day realities. Both presenters spoke about researchers using powerful new processing tools to distill information from massive pools […]

Kari Kraus Talks About Digital Archeology, Video Game Preservation, and Being a “DH’er”

Digital preservation’s many challenges (planning, choosing formats, metadata, storage, etc.), can be further complicated when dealing with multi-media cultural and arts materials. For example, music and dance performances that incorporate the digital may also include the element of chance, and can change with each performance.  Or, maybe a piece of born digital artwork was created with several software programs that are already obsolete.  […]

The AIMS Project and the Stewardship of Born-Digital Archival Materials: An interview with Bradley Daigle

The five recipients of the inaugural NDSA innovation awards are exemplars of the creativity, diversity, and collaboration essential to supporting the digital preservation community as it works to preserve and make available digital materials. In an effort to learn more and share the work of the individuals, projects and institutions who won these awards I […]

Help Define Levels for Digital Preservation: Request for Public Comments

Over the last few months a team of librarians, archivists, curators, engineers and other technologists in the NDSA have been working to draft a simple chart to help prioritize digital preservation work. After iteratively developing this document and workshopping it at Digital Preservation 2012 we are excited to publicly share it for comment. Why Define Levels? NDSA […]

The September 2012 Library of Congress Digital Preservation Newsletter is Now Available

The September 2012 Library of Congress Digital Preservation Newsletter is now available. http://www.digitalpreservation.gov/news/newsletter/201209.pdf In this issue: *Reflections from CurateCamp Processing: Processing Data/Processing Collections *Final results from the National Digital Stewardship Alliance Storage Survey *Read about the born-digital archives of Jonathan Larson, composer of the musical RENT *The Library of Congress collections = 10 TB of […]