Family History and Digital Preservation, part 2

In part 1 of this article, I wrote that relational databases are the engines that drive digital genealogy. Databases make it possible to quickly search through enormous quantities of records, find the person you’re looking for and discover related people and events. And when institutions collaborate and share databases, statistical information becomes enriched. For example, […]

Library of Congress To Launch New Corps of Digital Preservation Trainers

The following is a guest post from Ellen O’Donnell, Senior Technical Writer, on assignment to the Office of Strategic Initiatives from the National Institutes of Health. The Digital Preservation Outreach and Education program at the Library of Congress will hold its first national train-the-trainer workshop on September 20-23, 2011, in Washington, DC. The DPOE Baseline […]

Lessons Learned for Sustainable Open Source Software for Libraries, Archives and Museums

We are excited to share this guest post from MacKenzie Smith, Research Director at the MIT Libraries. At the joint NDIIPP/NDSA meeting this summer MacKenzie gave a talk titled “[email protected]: Lessons learned from 10 years of the Simile Project for building library open source software” in our session on open source tools and communities. The […]

Archivists: What’s on Your Mind?

What’s on the minds of archivists these days? Well, lots of things, judging from the program from the 75th Annual Meeting of the Society of American Archivists, held at the end of August in Chicago. The theme of this year’s conference was “Archives 360°,” and the 75th anniversary providing a convenient milestone for the profession […]

The Library: One Place for Publications and Data

Scientific data management has some buzz going.  As a longtime data archivist/advocate this is a dream come true for me.  I’ve pinched myself a couple of times to make sure it’s really happening. For decades, scientific practice focused attention on the published results of research.  A substantial infrastructure supports this literature, including an article citation […]

Voices from the World of Video Archiving

The following is a guest post by Carl Fleischhauer, a Digital Initiatives Project Manager in NDIIPP. I am attending the annual conference of the International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives (IASA) in Frankfurt, Germany, hosted by the Hessischer Rundfunk (the public broadcasting unit for the German state of Hesse), the German public broadcasting archive, […]