Carla Hayden: Harnessing the Power of Technology with the Resources at the Library of Congress

This is an excerpt from the inaugural speech by Carla Hayden, the Librarian of Congress.Today, through the power of technology, thousands around the country are able to watch this ceremony live. This is the opportunity to build on the contributions of the Librarians who have come before, to realize a vision of a national library […]

Digital Collections and Data Science

Researchers, of varying technical abilities, are increasingly applying data science tools and methods to digital collections. As a result, new ways are emerging for processing and analyzing the digital collections’ raw material — the data. For example, instead of pondering one single digital item at a time – such as a news story, photo or […]

Nominations Sought for the U.S. Federal Government End of Term Web Archive

This is a guest post by Abbie Grotke, lead information technology specialist of the Library of Congress Web Archiving Team Readers of The Signal may recall prior efforts to archive United States Federal Government websites during the end of presidential terms. I last wrote about this in 2012 when we were working on preserving the […]

Congress.gov Nominated for Award

FedScoop, the Washington DC government tech media company, announced that Congress.gov is one of their nominees for the 2016 FedScoop 50 awards. Features on Congress.gov (which In Custodia Legis has been posting about throughout its development) include: Ability to narrow and refine search results Ability to simultaneously search all content across all available years Bill […]

The NEH “Chronicling America” Challenge: Using Big Data to Ask Big Questions

This is a guest post by Leah Weinryb Grohsgal of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Historic newspapers offer rich histories of American life, with glimpses into politics, sports, shopping, music, food, health, science, movies and everything in between.  The National Digital Newspaper Program, a joint effort between the National Endowment for the Humanities and the […]

Co-Hosting a Datathon at the Library of Congress

On June 14 and 15, the Library of Congress hosted Archives Unleashed 2.0, a web archive “datathon” (otherwise known as a “hackathon,” but apparently any term with the word “hack” in it might sound a bit menacing) in which teams of researchers used a variety of analytical tools to query web-archive data sets in the hopes of discovering some intriguing insights before their 48-hour deadline […]

FADGI MXF Video Specification Moves Up an Industry-organization Approval Ladder

The following is a guest post by Carl Fleischhauer, who organized the FADGI Audio-Visual Working Group in 2007. Fleischhauer recently retired from the Library of Congress. The Federal Agencies Digitization Guidelines Initiative Audio-Visual Working Group is pleased to announce a milestone in the development of the AS-07 MXF video-preservation format specification. AS-07 has taken shape […]

DPOE Program Harnesses the Spirit of Kentucky Librarians

This is a guest post by Barrie Howard. The Library of Congress’s Digital Preservation Outreach and Education program delivered a train-the-trainer workshop on June 10, providing professional development in digital preservation to library professionals from Kentucky and West Virginia. The workshop was held at Northern Kentucky University and sponsored by the State Assisted Academic Library […]