Archivematica and the Open Source Mindset for Digital Preservation Systems

I  had the distinct pleasure of hearing about the on-going development of the free and open-source Archivematica digital preservation system twice this year. First, from Peter Van Garderen at the CurateGear conference and second from Courtney Mumma at a recent briefing on the project for staff at The Library of Congress. Peter and Courtney both […]

Potential Residency Hosts Invited to Library of Congress

The following is a guest post by Ali Fazal and Claudia Martinez, both HACU interns with the Library’s Office of Strategic Initiatives. The National Digital Stewardship Residency program held a meeting with potential host institutions on Friday, September 21st. This program, which was created by the Library of Congress, Office of Strategic Initiatives, and the Institute […]

Get Your Bits Off (Old Storage Media)

The following is a guest post by Jefferson Bailey, Strategic Initiatives Manager at Metropolitan New York Library Council, National Digital Stewardship Alliance Innovation Working Group co-chair and a former Fellow in the Library of Congress’s Office of Strategic Initiatives. As a recent blog post recounted, each year at the National Book Festival NDIIPP has a […]

Media Archaeology and Digital Stewardship: An interview with Lori Emerson

In what we hope will become a regular feature here on The Signal I am excited to have a chance to chat with Lori Emerson, a representative from the newest member of the National Digital Stewardship Alliance. Lori is the Director of the Media Archaeology Lab and an Assistant Professor in the Department of English […]

The Signal Makes the Shortlist for Digital Preservation Award!

The shortlist for this year’s Digital Preservation Awards has just been announced during a celebration in London marking the 10th anniversary of the Digital Preservation Coalition.  And we are pleased to see that our blog, The Signal, has made the list!  The DPC , an advocacy organization in the United Kingdom, sponsors these awards to recognize […]

Mapping Federal Geospatial Stewardship Efforts

I’m obsessed with maps, especially digital maps. I’m continually amazed by the tools being developed to use location data to make our lives easier. Luckily, this interest dovetails with NDIIPP’s concerns about ensuring that digital mapping survives for the long-term, so I’m regularly scanning the landscape to figure out ways we can engage the wider […]

A Storage Technology Cage Match

The Library of Congress hosts a small annual meeting on preservation storage that brings vendors and the preservation community together to share points of view.  The 2012 Designing Storage Architectures meeting was held on September 20-21, and as usual it was enlightening–and exciting. Two forms of large-scale storage have the largest amount of market share:  […]

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

The October 2012 Library of Congress Digital Preservation Newsletter is now available. http://www.digitalpreservation.gov/news/newsletter/201210.pdf In this issue: *Find out how you can help define levels of digital preservation *Reflections on CurateCamp processing *Read about three individuals who are working on the preservation of video games *Learn about the difference between domains and subdomains in web archiving […]

The Cultural Heritage and Data Storage Communities Come Together

A couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to attend the Designing Storage Architectures for Digital Collections meeting, or the storage meeting for short. Why is this annual meeting a highlight for many of my colleagues here at the Library? Because it zeros in on the critical data storage challenge cultural heritage organizations face […]

Personal Digital Archiving Outreach at the 2012 National Book Festival

We had a great time talking with hundreds of people at the National Book Festival about some simple steps to preserve digital memories.  This is the third year in a row we have been at the festival, and we continue to hear stories about the challenges people face in managing their personal and family collections. […]