1000 Years (Give or Take a Few) of Digital Mapping

This is a map. Of course, it’s not just any map. It’s the Universalis Cosmographia Secundum Ptholomaei Traditionem et Americi Vespucii Alioru[m]que Lustrationes from 1507, otherwise known as the Waldseemüller map after its creator, Martin Waldseemüller. It was the first map, printed or manuscript, to depict clearly a separate Western Hemisphere, with the Pacific as […]

The First Decade of Web Archiving at the Library of Congress

The following is a guest post by Abbie Grotke,  Web Archiving Team Lead at the Library of Congress. Eleven years ago, the Library of Congress established a pilot web archiving project to study methods to evaluate, select, collect, catalog, provide access to and preserve at-risk born digital content for future generations. We could write a […]

Steven Puglia, Connecting Digital Conversion with Digital Preservation

To have a complete picture of digital preservation, it helps to look at other activities that have a very real impact – digital conversion being a good example.  We recently welcomed a new colleague who is already making a difference with this effort, Steven Puglia, who recently joined the Library of Congress as Digital Conversion […]

Bringing Sunlight to State Government Legal Information

Enhanced access to historical resources drives the incentives to preserve. At least that’s the thinking behind the Model Technological and Social Architecture for the Preservation of State Government Digital Information Project. The project, headed by the Minnesota Historical Society with state government partners in Arkansas, California, Illinois, Kansas, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Dakota, Tennessee and Vermont, […]

Linked Open Data: A Beckoning Paradise

The following is a guest post by Gloria Gonzalez, a 2011 Junior Fellow working with NDIIPP. Imagine an internet where every single webpage interconnects to other related information. While browsing a site about the history of the United States, for example, you could see digital versions of the documents that established it–with the click of […]

Putting Out a Daily Paper Was Never a Linear Process

The following is a guest post by Carl Fleischhauer,  Project Coordinator, Office of Strategic Initiatives. Like many others, I have been fascinated to watch the production of newspapers–as depicted in the movies like The Front Page or All the President’s Men.  To be sure, these tales were enlivened by plot elements like exposing Watergate and […]

Turning the Clock Forward

The diaries of George Washington, the first map that used the name “America,” jazz recordings from the 1920s, pictures from presidential inaugurations—the Library of Congress has a very diverse collection of documents, recordings, pictures and maps that help us understand the story of our nation. Most discussions of saving cultural heritage information involve looking into […]

Demand Side Economics and Digital Preservation

Economic sustainability is a key issue for digital preservation. In the 2002 report, Preserving Our Digital Heritage: Plan for the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program, the Library of Congress noted that preserving digital content required nontrivial resources.  The report also said that forecasting future needs relating to digital preservation was difficult, and “there […]