Picturing Perpetual Beta for Digital Preservation

The perfect digital preservation system does not exist. It may someday, but I don’t expect to live to see it. Instead, people and organizations are working on iterations of systems, and system components, that are gradually improving how we steward digital content over time. This concept of perpetual beta has been around for a while; […]

New Video: Digital Preservation at the Library of Congress’s Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation

We produce occasional short videos  related to digital preservation. These videos address such topics as personal digital archiving, adding descriptions to digital photographs and the K-12 Web Archiving program, to name a few. Our newest video profiles one of the Library of Congress’s most magnificent treasures: the Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation, located in […]

Understanding User Generated Tags for Digital Collections: An Interview with Jennifer Golbeck

This is a guest post by Jose “Ricky” Padilla, a HACU intern working with NDIIPP. More and more cultural heritage organizations are inviting their users to tag collection items to help aggregate, sort and filter collection items. If we could better understand how and why users tag and what they’re tagging we can better understand how […]

Older Personal Computers Aging Like Vintage Wine (if They Dodged the Landfill)

We have moved so far so fast with personal computing that older machines are acquiring a cultural patina. Everyone, seemingly, has a memory of  “old computers,” even if some people think having a hard drive under 100 gigabytes fits the definition. There are perhaps two ways to think about obsolete computers. One is as trash […]

The Content Matters Interview Series: Dr. Sylvia Chou of the National Cancer Institute

The following is a guest post by Christie Moffatt, Manager, Digital Manuscripts Program, History of Medicine Division, National Library of Medicine In this installment of the “Content Matters” series of the National Digital Stewardship Alliance Content Working Group, I interview Dr. Sylvia Chou, PhD, MPH, Program Director of the National Cancer Institute’s Health Communication and […]

Born Digital Archival Materials at NYPL: An Interview with Donald Mennerich

I’m excited to chat with Donald Mennerich, a Digital Archivist at the New York Public Library, as part of our Insights series. Insights is an occasional feature sharing interviews and conversations between National Digital Stewardship Alliance Innovation Working Group members and individuals involved with projects related to preservation, access and stewardship of digital information. Donald […]

Official, Authenticated, Preserved, and Accessible: The Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act

This post is cross posted on the blog of the Law Library of Congress, In Custodia Legis. In Custodia Legis is an excellent source of information on current legal trends and materials from the Library’s collections pertaining to the law. Digital technology makes documents easy to alter or copy, leading to multiple non-identical versions that […]