Take the NDSA 2017 Web Archiving Survey

This is a guest post co-written by Grace Thomas, Data Specialist for Web Archiving at the Library of Congress, and Maria Praetzellis, Program Manager for Web Archiving at the Internet Archive, on behalf of the NDSA Web Archiving Survey Working Group. This announcement originally appeared on the Archive-It Blog on October 3, 2017.

Calling all web archivists: it’s that time again! The National Digital Stewardship Alliance is sponsoring a survey of organizations in the United States who are actively involved in or planning to archive content from the web. The survey is the fourth in a longitudinal study  to track the evolution of web archiving programs and activity in the United States, focusing on similarities and differences in programmatic approaches, types of content being archived, tools and services being used, access modes being provided, and emerging best practices and challenges. The results of the survey will be reported to NDSA members and summary results will be shared publicly in 2018.

Any United States organization involved in web archiving or in the process of planning a web archive is encouraged to take the survey. The survey will close November 17, 2017.

Results and observations from the three previous surveys (2011, 2013, 2016) are available.

DC History For All: Volunteer Fair Event Summary

On Saturday, 23 September 2017, the LC Labs team joined representatives from cultural heritage organizations, archives, libraries, and historical organizations for DC History for All: Volunteer Fair. The event matched dozens of interested volunteers with opportunities to preserve Washington, D.C. history. There are many cultural heritage and historical organizations located in D.C. that invite the […]

Introducing Beyond Words

As a part of Library of Congress Labs release last week, the National Digital Initiatives team launched Beyond Words. This pilot crowdsourcing application was created in collaboration with the Serial and Government Publications Division and the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) at the Library of Congress. In our first week and a half, […]

Welcoming Jer Thorp as Innovator-in-Residence

Starting this week, acclaimed data artist Jer Thorp began his tenure as the 2017 Library of Congress Innovator-in-Residence. He will spend six months with the National Digital Initiatives team exploring the Library’s digital collections and creating an art piece that will be displayed in the Library’s public spaces. Jer Thorp is an artist and educator […]

Library Launches labs.loc.gov

Today the Library of Congress has launched labs.loc.gov as a new online space designed to empower exploration and discovery in digital collections. Library of Congress Labs will host a changing selection of experiments, projects, events and resources designed to encourage creative use of the Library’s digital collections. To help demonstrate what exciting discoveries are possible, […]

An Invitation to an Adventure in Data Management and Curation at the National Transportation Library

The following is a guest post by Laura Farley, Fellow, National Transportation Library, Bureau of Transportation Statistics. If you’re looking to build skills as a data manager and have a lasting impact on federal data curation, come join the National Transportation Library (NTL) Fellowship program. As a current Fellow, I can attest that your experiences […]

Using data from historic newspapers

This post is derived from a talk David Brunton, current Chief of Repository Development at the Library of Congress, gave to a group of librarians in 2015.  I am going to make a single point this morning, followed by a quick live demonstration of some interfaces. I have no slides, but I will be visiting […]

Watch Collections as Data: IMPACT Today

  This is a friendly reminder that our 2nd annual Collections as Data event will be livestreamed TODAY starting at 9:30am. Watch it on the Library of Congress YouTube channel and Facebook page and follow #AsData on Twitter. Click here for the full agenda including talks from Ed Ayers, Paul Ford, Sarah Hatton, Tahir Hemphill […]

Collections as Data: IMPACT

If you are in the Washington, DC area next week (or can be), please be our guest at a very special day-long event hosted by The Library of Congress National Digital Initiatives. “Collections as Data: Impact” will be held 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, July 25, in the Coolidge Auditorium on the first floor of the […]