Inaugurating the Content Matters Interview Series: Deb Boyer from

The National Digital Stewardship Alliance Content Working Group is excited to launch a new series for the Signal. We’re calling it Content Matters, and much like the Insights series that the Innovation Working Group has published here for few years now, the interview series will feature discussions and stories about the content that our members […]

Digital Humanities and Digital Preservation

This past April 8 was the 2013 “Day of Digital Humanities.”  Started in 2010, this is an annual event of blogging and tweeting about the experience of digital humanities by graduate students, professors, alt-academics, librarians and other participants who identify with the field.  And “the field” of Digital Humanities can be whatever you define it […]

Social Media Networks Stripping Data from Your Digital Photos

The following is a guest post by David Riecks, leader of the Photo Metadata Project. Storing information about your images inside the image itself provides a number of useful benefits. Digital photographers may refer to this as embedded photo metadata or just metadata for short. For professional photographers it’s an easy way to let potential publishers […]

Why a National Digital Stewardship Alliance Student Group?

This is a guest post by Kim Schroeder, Wayne State University Lecturer and WSU NDSA Student Group Faculty Advisor. Sometimes a professional conference offers you nothing new. Sometimes it changes your direction. Sometimes and perhaps more critically, it confirms your route. I suppose I look at the NDSA as my professional Global Positioning System. Since […]

April 2013 Library of Congress Digital Preservation Newsletter

The April 2013 Library of Congress Digital Preservation Newsletter (PDF) is now available. In this issue: Nominate an individual, student, organization or project for the annual National Digital Stewardship Alliance Innovation Awards A Digital Preservation Fairy Tale: Snow Byte and the Seven Formats Interviews with: Mark Leggott, University Librarian at the University of Prince Edward […]

Challenges in the Curation of Time Based Media Art: An Interview with Michael Mansfield

The following interview is a guest post from Jose (Ricky) Padilla, an intern with the NDIIPP program working on issues related to software preservation and the innovation and infrastructure working groups of the National Digital Stewardship Alliance. This time in the Insights Interviews series we get the chance to speak with Michael Mansfield, an associate curator […]

Opportunity Knocks: Library of Congress Invites No-cost Digitization Proposals

This is a guest post from Vidya Vish, The Library of Congress Contracting Officer for the Third Party Digitization RFP. The Library’s collections include tens of millions of items  – not just books, but also manuscripts, monographs, serials, newspapers, pamphlets, sound recordings, films, videos, sheet music, photographs, posters, microfilm and maps. Our collections are at […]

Opening Up the National Digital Newspaper Program

The following is a guest post by David Brunton, a Supervisory Information Technology Specialist in the Library of Congress Office of Strategic Initiatives. The National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress have partnered to enhance access to historic newspapers for many years with the National Digital Newspaper Program.  A centerpiece of this […]

Nominations Now Open for the 2013 NDSA Innovation Awards

The National Digital Stewardship Alliance Innovation Working Group is proud to open the nominations for the 2013 NDSA Innovation Awards. As a diverse membership group with a shared commitment to digital preservation, the NDSA understands the importance of innovation and risk-taking in developing and supporting a broad range of successful digital preservation activities. These awards […]

The Metadata Games Crowdsourcing Toolset for Libraries & Archives: An Interview with Mary Flanagan

I am excited to continue the NDSA innovation insights interview series to talk about the metadata games open source software project with Mary Flanagan. Mary is an artist, scholar and designer who holds the Sherman Fairchild Distinguished Professorship in Digital Humanities at Dartmouth College and serves as the director of Tiltfactor Lab. While she is broadly […]