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Archive: 2012 (35 Posts)

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Loading South By Southwest with Librarians

Posted by: Butch Lazorchak

The South By Southwest conference is has become pretty big on the tech circuit and has garnered a reputation as a place where new technologies are launched. There’s an egalitarian spirit to the event (read; sprawling) that encourages anyone to attend and participate. The “anyone” increasingly includes information professionals in libraries, archives and museums (LAMs). …

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How Do You Staff Your Digital Preservation Initiatives?

Posted by: Butch Lazorchak

The following is a guest post by Jimi Jones, Digital Audiovisual Formats Specialist with the Office of Strategic Initiatives. Digital preservation is an emergent field. Businesses, cultural memory institutions and government bodies that want to responsibly preserve and generate digital assets face significant challenges with respect to staffing. How many staff do we need? What …

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“Supply Side” Digital Preservation

Posted by: Butch Lazorchak

Most people working with digital information are on the “supply side.” You know, the beginning of the digital information lifecycle where you create and “supply” great stuff like photos, music, TPS reports and the like. In fact, most people are on the supply side. The technology consulting firm IDC noted in their Extracting Value from …

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Digital Preservation 2012: The Power of Community

Posted by: Butch Lazorchak

In a world of video and web conferencing, text messaging, email, immersive communications and (almost forgot!) telephones, we seem to have eliminated the practical need to ever meet with people face-to-face. So why even have a meeting like we’re holding this week, the Digital Preservation 2012 conference? (July 24-26 at the Sheraton Pentagon City in …

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A Digital Asset Sustainability and Preservation Cost Bibliography

Posted by: Butch Lazorchak

Back in the early days of the NDIIPP program we had a series of cross-cutting initiatives that we called “affinity groups.” These groups addressed areas of interest such as “collection and selection,” “technical architecture” and “rights and restrictions” that cut across all the different projects. I was interested in the work of the “economic sustainability” …

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Participatory Archives: Moving Beyond Description

Posted by: Butch Lazorchak

The following is a guest post by Emily Reynolds, 2012 Junior Fellow. Last week, the Library of Congress Archives Forum hosted a talk by Kate Theimer of the popular blog ArchivesNext. Theimer is a prominent voice in the archival community, frequently writing and speaking about archival advocacy issues as well as the challenges and opportunities …

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Harvesting and Preserving the Future Web: Replay and Scale Challenges

Posted by: Butch Lazorchak

The following is a guest post by Nicholas Taylor, Information Technology Specialist for the Repository Development Group. This is the second part of a two-post recap of the “Harvesting and Preserving the Future Web” workshop at the recent International Internet Preservation Consortium General Assembly. The session was divided into three topics: Capture: challenges in acquiring …