Students Saving Sounds: An Interview with Anthony Cocciolo

The five recipients of the inaugural NDSA awards are exemplars of the creativity, diversity, and collaboration essential to supporting the digital 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 am excited […]

Digital Preservation Depicted in (Weirdly) Varied Images

We have noted earlier in this blog that digital preservation terminology is hard to pin down with precision. There are seemingly as many interpretations of  “authenticity” and “repository” as there are digital preservation practitioners. Digital preservation as a concept actually has even more plasticity when viewed through the lens of popular culture.  I did a […]

NDSA Primer: the Content Working Group

This is the first in a series of articles that takes a closer look at the National Digital Stewardship Alliance. The National Digital Stewardship Alliance is rooted in the work of the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program. The NDSA is open to any organization committed to digital preservation, and each of its diverse […]

Who Do You Want to Be Today?

I lead a group that develops software for the management, preservation and delivery of digital collections.  In some organizations, digital preservation is part of the physical preservation unit.  In some organizations, software development is part of the systems office.  Or software development might be part of a central IT unit. I work with colleagues who […]

Learning to Live With Failures With A Little Help From Redundancy and Diversity

The following is a guest post from Andrea Goethals, digital preservation and repository services manager at the Harvard University library. This post is similar to a presentation I gave as part of a panel called “Assessing and Mitigating Bit-Level Preservation Risks” at DigitalPreservation 2012. It grew out of conversations and work within the NDSA Infrastructure […]

Back to School: Students Archiving the Web

“Do you remember how we did things back when your great great grandma or grandpa [were alive]? We had moved Native Americans from their homelands, so we could have more and more land for ourselves.” The above reference describes the Whitefish Middle School’s Montana Indian Tribes, Modern Life, 2010-2011 Web Archiving Collection. This unique collection, […]

Preserving Digital Culture: Art, Theater, Video Games and More

The following is a guest post by Emily Reynolds, a 2012 Junior Fellow. One of the many highlights of the DigitalPreservation 2012 conference last month was the Preserving Digital Culture panel, which featured speakers discussing the preservation of born-digital art and other creative output.  While much of the conference addressed the often automated management of […]