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Activist Archivists and Digital Preservation

Posted by: Mike Ashenfelder

Over the past year, Howard Besser and Activist Archivists have been doing innovative work that extends beyond the technological aspects of digital preservation to include elements of sociology, cultural sensitivity, local politics, community advocacy and more. Their work centers around a new kind of collection that didn’t exist until recent years: digital content on a massive …

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Archiving the “Intellectual” Components of a Website

Posted by: Bill LeFurgy

The following is a guest post by Abbie Grotke, Web Archiving Team Lead. You might imagine that with the web being in its twenties everyone would know exactly what a website is. But you’d be surprised – those of us in the web archiving business spend quite a bit of time pondering what makes up …

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Yes, The Library of Congress Has Video Games: An Interview with David Gibson

Posted by: Trevor Owens

Video games represent one of the most difficult challenges for digital preservationists. Created for a diverse array of hardware and software platforms, rife with rights issues, and as expressive creative works objects which one hopes to attend to the highest levels of artifactual qualities. Despite being one of the most challenging forms of content, there …

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Exhibiting Video Games: An interview with Smithsonian’s Georgina Goodlander

Posted by: Trevor Owens

For this installment of Insights, the National Digital Stewardship Alliance Innovation Working Group’s ongoing series of interviews, I talk with Georgina Goodlander, the Web & Social Media Content Manager for the Smithsonian American Art Museum and Exhibition Coordinator for the Museum’s  The Art of Video Games exhibition. There are already some nice interviews exploring the subject …

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Born Digital Minimum Processing and Access

Posted by: Trevor Owens

The following guest post from Kathleen O’Neill, Archives Specialist in The Library of Congress Manuscript Division continues our series of posts reflecting on CurateCamp Processing. Meg Phillips’s earlier post on More Product, Less Process for Born Digital Collections focused on developing minimum standards for ingest and processing with the goal of making the maximum number …

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Digital Cultural Heritage DC Meetup Launched

Posted by: Bill LeFurgy

I had the pleasure of joining a number of colleagues at the inaugural meetup for Digital Cultural Heritage DC last night.  The informal group bills itself as a monthly gathering for those “working to acquire, preserve, steward, provide access to, exhibit and interpret digital cultural heritage,” and “a great opportunity for networking with others from …

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New Residency Program Moves Forward

Posted by: Susan Manus

Heads up, recent grad students!  The National Digital Stewardship Residency program is in the works, and Library of Congress staff members are currently working with other institutions in the Washington, D.C. area to set up this new program, which promises to be a great opportunity for students to gain real world experience with digital preservation …

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Communities of Practice Make it Possible: Digital Preservation at Smaller Institutions

Posted by: Erin Engle

The following is a guest post by Jennifer Gunter King, Director, Harold F. Johnson Library, Hampshire College. In July, scholars, entrepreneurs and digital preservation practitioners gathered in Arlington, Va., for the annual meeting of the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program and the National Digital Stewardship Alliance, DigitalPreservation 2012. NDIIPP program management director Martha …

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Being Digital–Before You Were Born

Posted by: Leslie Johnston

I am introducing a new occasional feature for my posts on this blog — a series called “Before You Were Born.” When I was an undergraduate and a graduate student at UCLA in the 1980s, one of my faculty mentors had been teaching there since 1950.  His name was Albert Hoxie†, an historian who lavishly …