Announcing the Release of the 2015 National Agenda For Digital Stewardship

The National Digital Stewardship Alliance is pleased to announce the release today of the “2015 National Agenda for Digital Stewardship.”  The Agenda provides funders, decision€makers and practitioners with insight into emerging technological trends, gaps in digital stewardship capacity and key areas for research and development to support the work needed to ensure that today’s valuable […]

We’re All Digital Archivists Now: An Interview with Sibyl Schaefer

Digital was everywhere at this year’s Society of American Archivists annual meeting. What is particularly exciting is that many of these sessions were practical and pragmatic. That is, many sessions focused on exactly how archivists are meeting the challenge of born-digital records. In one such session, Sibyl Schaefer, Head of Digital Programs at the Rockefeller […]

Emerging Collaborations for Accessing and Preserving Email

The following is a guest post by Chris Prom, Assistant University Archivist and Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I’ll never forget one lesson from my historical methods class at Marquette University.  Ronald Zupko–famous for his lecture about the bubonic plague and a natural showman–was expounding on what it means to interrogate primary sources–to cast […]

Preliminary Results for the Ranking Stumbling Blocks for Video Preservation Survey

In a previous blog post, the NDSA Standards and Practices Working Group announced the opening of a survey to rank issues in preserving video collections. The survey closed on August 2, 2014 and while there’s work ahead to analyze the results and develop action plans, we can share some preliminary findings. We purposely cast a […]

Digital Preservation 2014: Itā€™s a Thing

“Digital preservation makes headlines now, seemingly routinely. And the work performed by the community gathered here is the bedrock underlying such high profile endeavors.” – Matt Kirschenbaum The annual Digital Preservation meeting, held each summer in Washington, DC, brings together experts in academia, government and the private and non-profit sectors to celebrate key work and […]

Digital Preservation 2014 in Three, Two, Oneā€¦

And we’re off! Digital Preservation 2014 starts today and we’re really excited to welcome our colleagues from near and far to Washington DC this week for a full and packed program! Digital Preservation 2014, the annual meeting of the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program and the National Digital Stewardship Alliance, provides opportunities to […]

Scoring, Not Storing: Digital Preservation Assessment Criteria at #digpres14

The following is a guest post by Seth Anderson, consultant at AVPreserve.  This is part of an ongoing series of posts to highlight and preview the Digital Preservation 2014 program.  Here Seth previews the session he organized, “Digital Preservation Audit and Planning with ISO 16363 and NDSA Levels of Preservation,” scheduled for Wednesday, July 23 […]

Digital Preservation Questions Meet Digital Preservation Answers

The following is a guest post by Jefferson Bailey, Partner Specialist at Internet Archive and co-chair of the NDSA Innovation Working Group. Continuing in our series previewing sessions at the Digital Preservation 2014 conference, the NDSA Innovation Working Group will host the session “Digital Preservation Questions and Answers” on Day 2 (Wednesday July 23, 2014) […]

NDSA Standards and Practices Survey: Ranking Stumbling Blocks for Video Preservation

A new thread emerged during the recent monthly conference calls of the Standards and Practices Working Group of the National Digital Stewardship Alliance (NDSA). What do we do about preserving video? It’s a problem for many of our members. One participant even commented that video is often the last content type to be added to […]

Research and Development for Digital Cultural Heritage Preservation: A (Virtual and In-Person) Open Forum

The following is a guest post from Joshua Sternfeld, National Endowment for the Humanities and Gail Truman, Truman Technologies. The statements and ideas expressed here are attributed solely to the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of any federal agency or institution. As the National Digital Stewardship Alliance prepares to add new categories of […]