Comparing Formats for Video Digitization

The following is a guest post by Carl Fleischhauer, a Digital Initiatives Project Manager in the Office of Strategic Initiatives. FADGI format comparison projects. The Audio-Visual Working Group within the Federal Agencies Digitization Guidelines Initiative recently posted a comparison of a few selected digital file formats for consideration when reformatting videotapes. We sometimes call these […]

Collecting and Preserving Digital Art: Interview with Richard Rinehart and Jon Ippolito

As artists have embraced a range of new media and forms in the last century as the work of collecting, conserving and exhibiting these works has become increasingly complex and challenging. In this space, Richard Rinehart and Jon Ippolito have been working to develop and understand approaches to ensure long-term access to digital works. In […]

All the News That’s Fit to Archive

The following is a guest post from Michael Neubert, a Supervisory Digital Projects Specialist at the Library of Congress. The Library has had a web archiving program since the early 2000s.  As with other national libraries, the Library of Congress web archiving program started out harvesting the web sites of its national election campaigns, followed […]

Presenting the NDSR Boston Residents, and their Projects!

The following is a guest post by the entire cohort of the NDSR Boston class of 2014-15. The first ever Boston cohort of the National Digital Stewardship Residency kicked off in September, and the five residents have been busy drinking from the digital preservation firehose at our respective institutions. You can look forward to individual […]

Digital Preservation Capabilities at Cultural Heritage Institutions: An Interview With Meghan Banach Bergin

The following is a guest post by Jefferson Bailey of Internet Archive and co-chair of the NDSA Innovation Working Group. In this edition of the Insights Interview series we talk with Meghan Banach Bergin, Bibliographic Access and Metadata Coordinator, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries. Meghan is the author of a Report on Digital Preservation Practices […]

WITNESS: Digital Preservation (in Plain Language) as a Tool for Justice

Some of you information professionals may have experienced incidents where, in the middle of a breezy conversation, you get caught off guard  by a question about your work (“What do you do?”) and you struggle to come up with a straightforward, clear answer without losing the listener’s attention or narcotizing them into a stupor with […]

Audio for Eternity: Schüller and Häfner Look Back at 25 Years of Change

The following is a guest post by Carl Fleischhauer, a Digital Initiatives Project Manager in the Office of Strategic Initiatives. During the first week of October, Kate Murray and I participated in the annual conference of the International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives in Cape Town, South Africa.  Kate’s blog describes the conference.  This blog […]

Convergence of Audiovisual Archivists in the ‘Fairest Cape’: A Report of the 2014 IASA Conference

Upon seeing the Cape of Good Hope near Cape Town, South Africa, for the first time in 1580, Sir Francis Drake wrote in his diary that “this cape is the most stately thing and the fairest cape we saw in the whole circumference of the earth” And I have to say that I agree. In […]