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Archive: 2014 (191 Posts)

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Untangling the Knot of CAD Preservation

Posted by: Mike Ashenfelder

At the 2014 Society of American Archivists meeting, the CAD/BIM Taskforce held a session titled “Frameworks for the Discussion of Architectural Digital Data” to consider the daunting matter of archiving computer-aided design and Building Information Modelling files. This was the latest evidence that — despite some progress in standards and file exchange — the digital preservationist …

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What Do You Do With 100 Million Photos? David A. Shamma and the Flickr Photos Dataset

Posted by: Trevor Owens

Every day, people from around the world upload photos to share on a range of social media sites and web applications. The results are astounding; collections of billions of digital photographs are now stored and managed by several companies and organizations. In this context, Yahoo Labs recently announced that they were making a data set …

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Emulation as a Service (EaaS) at Yale University Library

Posted by: Trevor Owens

The following is a guest post from Euan Cochrane, ‎Digital Preservation Manager at Yale University Library. This piece continues and extends exploration of the potential of emulation as a service and virtualization platforms. Increasingly, the intellectual productivity of scholars involves the creation and development of software and software-dependent content. For universities to act as responsible stewards …

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Curating Extragalactic Distances: An interview with Karl Nilsen & Robin Dasler

Posted by: Trevor Owens

While a fair amount of digital preservation focuses on objects that have clear corollaries to objects from our analog world (still and moving images and documents for example), there are a range of forms that are basically natively digital. Completely native digital forms, like database-driven web applications, introduce a variety of challenges for long-term preservation …

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Research is Magic: An Interview with Ethnographers Jason Nguyen & Kurt Baer

Posted by: Trevor Owens

The following is a guest post from Julia Fernandez, this year’s NDIIPP Junior Fellow. Julia has a background in American studies and working with folklife institutions and worked on a range of projects leading up to CurateCamp Digital Culture in July. This is part of a series of interviews Julia conducted to better understand the …

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August Library of Congress Digital Preservation Newsletter is Now Available

Posted by: Susan Manus

The August Library of Congress Digital Preservation Newsletter is now available: Included in this issue: Digital Preservation 2014: It’s a Thing Preserving Born Digital News LOLCats and Libraries with Amanda Brennan Digital Preservation Questions and Answers End-of-Life Care for Aging, Fragile CDs Education Program updates Interviews with Henry Jenkins and Trevor Blank More on Digital …

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Duke’s Legacy: Video Game Source Disc Preservation at the Library of Congress

Posted by: Trevor Owens

The following is a guest post from David Gibson, a moving image technician in the Library of Congress. He was previously interviewed about the Library of Congress video games collection.  The discovery of that which has been lost or previously unattainable is one of the driving forces behind the archival profession and one of the …