Can I Get a Sample of That? Digital File Format Samples and Test Sets

If you’ve ever been to a warehouse store on a weekend afternoon, you’ve experienced the power of the sample. In the retail world, samples are an important tool to influence potential new customers who don’t want to invest in an unknown entity. I certainly didn’t start the day with lobster dip on my shopping list […]

Crossing the River: An Interview With W. Walker Sampson of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History

The following is a guest post by Jefferson Bailey, Strategic Initiatives Manager at Metropolitan New York Library Council, National Digital Stewardship Alliance Innovation Working Group co-chair and a former Fellow in the Library of Congress’s Office of Strategic Initiatives. Regular readers of The Signal will no doubt be familiar with the Levels of Digital Preservation project […]

December Issue of Digital Preservation Newsletter Now Available

The December 2013 issue of the Library of Congress Digital Preservation newsletter (pdf) is now available! In this issue: Beyond the Scanned Image:  Scholarly Uses of Digital Collections Ten Tips to Preserve Holiday Digital Memories Anatomy of a Web Archive Updates on FADGI: Still Image and Audio Visual Guitar, Bass, Drums, Metadata Upcoming events:  CNI […]

Content Matters Interview: The Montana State Library, Part Two

This is part two of the Content Matters interview series interview with Diane Papineau, a geographic information systems analyst at the Montana State Library. Part one was yesterday, December 5, 2013. Butch: What are some of the biggest digital preservation and stewardship challenges you face at the Montana State Library? Diane: The two biggest challenges […]

Content Matters Interview: The Montana State Library, Part One

In this installment of the Content Matters interview series of the National Digital Stewardship Alliance Content Working Group we’re featuring an interview with Diane Papineau, a geographic information systems analyst at the Montana State Library. Diane was kind enough to answer questions, in consultation with other MSL staff and the state librarian, Jennie Stapp, about […]

Digital Preservation Pioneer: Gary Marchionini

In 1971, Gary Marchionini had an epiphany about educational technology when he found himself competing with teletype machines for his students’ attention. Marchionini was teaching mathematics at a suburban Detroit junior high school the year that the school acquired four new teletype machines. The machines were networked to a computer, so a user could type […]

BitCurator’s Open Source Approach: An Interview With Cal Lee

Open source software is playing an important role in digital stewardship. In an effort to better understand the role open source software is playing, the NDSA infrastructure working group is reaching out to folks working on a range of open source projects. Our goal is to develop a better understanding of their work and how they are […]