Don’t Know What You Got (Till It’s Gone): Stewarding Digital Geospatial Data

I had the pleasure of giving a lightning talk (PDF) at last week’s Esri Federal GIS Conference in Washington, DC. The conference, which is free to Federal government employees, annually brings together over 2700 attendees of all experience levels to discuss the latest in geospatial technologies. I tried to have fun with it, using the […]

Adding to My Reading List: Preserving Email

One of the great things about my job is that I’m constantly absorbing new information about the preservation and access to digital content. Whether it be through relevant reports and white papers or scanning blogs and listservs or responding to email or attending meetings, I’m frequently learning about emerging policies and practices in the digital […]

Staying Afloat in the Deluge of Health Information

The following is a guest post by Ellen O’Donnell, Technical Writer, National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, who recently spent a year on detail in OSI. If you’re like me, you’re a fan of online resources for health and medical information.  Typically, I use them for things like seeking science-based information on a complementary […]

PASIG: From Special Interest Group to a Life of its Own

Once upon a time, a big technology company wanted to get together a like-minded segment of its customers, those who worked at educational and memory institutions that were concerned about long-term preservation and best practices in digital archiving. Thus was born PASIG: the Preservation and Archiving Special Interest Group.  Since 2007 there have been dozens […]

Life Cycle Models for Digital Stewardship

At some point in undertaking digital stewardship, it’s helpful to consider the digital life cycle: the basic stages content moves through from creation to providing ongoing preservation, management and access over time.  Life cycle models are useful for understanding the full scope of the responsibility involved and also in formulating specific workflows for particular kinds […]

Collaboration: Looking Across the NDSA Membership

Looking back at the formation of the National Digital Stewardship Alliance, it’s fulfilling to see we’ve come a long way from where we started. It’s been about year and a half since NDSA officially launched at the July 2010 partners meeting.  Since then, fifty-five founding members participated in developing membership benefits and crafting mission and […]

Is There a Future for Librarians? And Am I In It?

Last Thursday I was invited to participate in a discussion organized by the Federal Library and Information Network (FEDLINK) on the future of the Federal government 1410 series. What, pray tell, is the 1410 series and why should we care about it? Turns out that the Office of Personnel Management maintains a master list of […]

The February 2012 Library of Congress Digital Preservation Newsletter is Now Available

The February 2012 Library of Congress Digital Preservation Newsletter is now available. In this issue: *The Top 10 Digital Preservation Developments of 2011 *Thoughts and reflections on the Science 2012 conference *Update about the Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act *Read about what  projects the National Digital Stewardship Alliance Innovation Working Group and the Infrastructure […]