The Release of the NDSA Digital Stewardship Glossary

Glossaries are important. If you can’t agree on the definition of terms how will you know what you’re arguing about? And if you don’t know what you’re arguing about you’ll never come to an agreement on anything! With that in mind, today we’re announcing the release of a National Digital Stewardship Alliance glossary to support […]

Archives, Materiality and the “Agency of the Machine”: An Interview with Wolfgang Ernst

In this installment of the National Digital Stewardship Alliance Innovation working group’s series of interviews Lori Emerson of the Media Archaeology Lab interviews Wolfgang Ernst of Humboldt University in Berlin. The interview explores the relationship between media archaeology and digital preservation as evident in the design and structure of the Humbolt Media Archaeological Fundus. Lori: I deeply […]

February 2013 Library of Congress Digital Preservation Newsletter

The February 2013 issue of the Library of Congress Digital Preservation Newsletter is now available: In this issue: Digital Preservation Top Ten of 2012 Scanning: DIY or Outsource? Incorporating History in Digital Maps Is JPEG-2000 A Preservation Risk? The Power of Digital Oral History Viewshare Highlights Interviews with Peter Murray and Arfon Smith Upcoming […]

Digital Forensic Perspective Helps Cultural Heritage Institutions Meet Deep Challenges

This is a guest post by Jose “Ricky” Padilla, a HACU intern working with NDIIPP. “There are some deep challenges ahead for cultural heritage and archives, but the forensic perspective is undoubtedly among the most promising sources of insights and solutions. Equally, digital forensics can benefit from the advances being made in the curation and […]

Visualizations and Digital Collections

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. An affordance is a characteristic of an object or thing that supports a specific activity. For […]

It’s All About the Gear

I had the pleasure of attending and presenting at the 2013 CurateGear meeting held at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on January 9, 2013.  And what a good experience it was. CurateGear is a somewhat unique experience because it focuses not on presentations, but on demonstrations.  LIVE demonstrations.  Every presenter gives a […]

Video Game Preservation at Scale: An Interview with Henry Lowood

For a while now, Stanford University’s special collections have had the distinct honor of holding “one of the largest historical collections of interactive software in the world.” The Stephen M. Cabrinety Collection in the History of Microcomputing at Stanford University consists of several thousands of pieces of computer hardware and software. At a recent advisory […]

Name That Tune: Adding Labels and Descriptions into Your Audio Files

As you play a digital music file on an audio-enabled device such as a computer or smart phone, the audio player displays information about the song. Sometimes that happens because the player has an associated database, sometime that happens because the information is embedded in the file. This blog is about embedding, how song information […]