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Hey, I’m A Label/ Artist – What Does Bit-level Fixity Mean And Why Should I Care?

Posted by: Trevor Owens

The following is a guest post from John Spencer, President BMS Chace, and coordinating committee member for the National Digital Stewardship Alliance. In this post, Spencer shares information he presented on a National Digital Stewardship Alliance panel on the importance of understanding bit level threats to preserving digital content (PDF) at the 2012 NDIIPP Digital …

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The NDSA at 3: Taking Stock and Looking Ahead

Posted by: Butch Lazorchak

The end of the year is a great time to take stock. I’m currently in the “have I done irrevocable damage to my body during the holiday snacking season” phase of stock-taking. Luckily, the National Digital Stewardship Alliance isn’t concerned with whether anyone’s going to eat that last cookie and has a higher purpose than …

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Protect Your Data: Storage and Geographic Location

Posted by: Trevor Owens

The NDSA levels of digital preservation are useful in providing a high-level, at-a-glance overview of tiered guidance for planning for digital preservation. One of the most common requests received by the NDSA group working on this is that we provide more in-depth information on the issues discussed in each cell. To that end, we are …

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Do You Have Digital Preservation Tools? COPTR Needs You!

Posted by: Susan Manus

A few weeks ago, as part of the Aligning National Approaches to Digital Preservation conference, an announcement was made of the beta launch of a new resource to catalog and describe digital preservation tools:  Community Owned digital Preservation Tool Registry. The idea behind this registry is to try and consolidate all of the digital preservation tool …

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

Posted by: Trevor Owens

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 …

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Planning for Preservation Storage

Posted by: Leslie Johnston

Every year the Library of Congress hosts a meeting on Designing Storage Architectures for Digital Collections, aka the Preservation Storage Meeting.  The 2013 meeting was held September 23-24, and featured an impressive array of presentations and discussions. The theme this year was standards. The term applies not just to media or to hardware, but to …

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What’s a Nice English Professor Like You Doing in a Place Like This: An Interview With Matthew Kirschenbaum

Posted by: Trevor Owens

I’ve talked about Matthew Kirschenbaum’s work in a range of posts on digital objects here on The Signal. It seemed like it would be valuable to delve deeper into some of those discussions here in an interview. If you are unfamiliar, Matthew G. Kirschenbaum is Associate Professor in the Department of English at the University …

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Every Voice Matters: StoryCorps and Digital Preservation at the Library of Congress

Posted by: Mike Ashenfelder

On a crisp, clear January day in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Lucinda Marker and her husband, John Tull, stepped inside an Airstream trailer that StoryCorps converted into a mobile recording studio. Marker and Tull were there to interview each other for an audio memento, to reminisce and talk about significant moments in their shared lives, especially …

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NDSA Levels of Digital Preservation @ USGS: An interview with John Faundeen

Posted by: Trevor Owens

A few months back  several members of the National Digital Stewardship Alliance’s Levels of Digital Preservation team presented a short paper at Archiving 2013, The NDSA Levels of Digital Preservation: An Explanation and Uses. While the Levels of Digital Preservation will continue to be refined and improved we are thrilled to report that they are …