A Piece of Southern Cultural Heritage Preserved

“We leave Gulfport at noon; gulls overhead trailing the boat—streamers, noisy fanfare— all the way to Ship Island. What we see first is the fort, its roof of grass a lee— half reminder of the men who served there— a weathered monument to some of the dead.” -excerpt from Natasha Trethewey’s “Elegy for the Native […]

Loading South By Southwest with Librarians

The South By Southwest conference is has become pretty big on the tech circuit and has garnered a reputation as a place where new technologies are launched. There’s an egalitarian spirit to the event (read; sprawling) that encourages anyone to attend and participate. The “anyone” increasingly includes information professionals in libraries, archives and museums (LAMs). […]

Digging Up the Recent Past: An Interview With Doug Reside

As a follow up to the “Preserving Digital Culture” panel from DigitalPreservation 2012, I’ve been interviewing panelists who haven’t yet been featured on The Signal.  Megan Winget was previously interviewed, discussing the challenges of preserving new media.  This week’s post features Doug Reside, Digital Curator with the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.  […]

WARCreate and Future Stewardship: An interview with Mat Kelly

The five recipients of the inaugural NDSA innovation 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 […]

A Day Camp for Digital Preservation

On July 26, 2012, the Library of Congress hosted CURATEcamp Processing: Processing Data/Processing Collections. The idea to hold a CurateCamp had been percolating for some time, but the event really came about through a fortuitously timed conversation with our colleague Meg Phillips at the National Archives and Records Administration, and the interest of our colleague […]

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

The August 2012 Library of Congress Digital Preservation Newsletter is now available. http://www.digitalpreservation.gov/news/newsletter/201208.pdf In this issue: Summary of DigitalPreservation 2012 Rescuing the Tangible from the Intangible From AIP to Zettabyte:  Comparing Glossaries One Family’s Digital Archiving Project Fighting the Battle for Fleeting Attention Profile of William Kilbride Training Digital Curators Upcoming Events (Designing Storage Architectures, […]

Digital Strategy Catches up With the Present: An Interview with Smithsonian’s Michael Edson

For this installment of Insights, the National Digital Stewardship Alliance Innovation Working Group’s ongoing series of interviews, I talk with Michael Edson, the Director of Web and New Media Strategy at the Smithsonian Institution. Edson gave a compelling talk at last year’s NDIIPP/NDSA conference, Let Us Go Boldly into the Present I’m excited to take […]

How Do You Staff Your Digital Preservation Initiatives?

The following is a guest post by Jimi Jones, Digital Audiovisual Formats Specialist with the Office of Strategic Initiatives. Digital preservation is an emergent field. Businesses, cultural memory institutions and government bodies that want to responsibly preserve and generate digital assets face significant challenges with respect to staffing. How many staff do we need? What […]