The Top 10 Blog Posts of 2015 on The Signal

Mummers Parade on New Year's day, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Photo by Carol M. Highsmith, Jan 1, 2011. Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

Mummers Parade on New Year’s day, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Photo by Carol M. Highsmith, Jan 1, 2011. Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

It’s the end of the year on The Signal, and it gives us the chance to look back at our most popular posts of the year.

As we have in past years, we were thrilled to share projects and updates that are happening in the community or for the community. Digital stewardship on a national scale requires engaging many communities, and here at The Signal we’re pleased to share work happening at the Library and at other organizations.

As I have, I hope you take a quick read back through these posts. They are a great reflection of the diversity, range and interest in digital stewardship topics, like standards, workflows, tools, and networking and collaboration between Library partners and practitioners working in the field. We’re looking forward to 2016 when we hope to share more of the same, as well as share activities and projects that highlight national and international digital library initiatives.

Thanks to all of our contributors and readers for a great blogging year!  Here’s the entire list of top 10 posts of 2015, ranked by page views based on data as of December 22:

  1. The Personal Digital Archiving 2015 Conference
  2. Tracking Digital Collections at the Library of Congress, from Donor to Repository
  3. Mapping Libraries: Creating Real-time Maps of Global Information
  4. All in the (Apple ProRes 422 Video Codec) Family
  5. Creating Workflows for Born-Digital Collections: An NDSR Project Update
  6. A New Interface and New Web Archive Content at
  7. Introducing the Federal Web Archiving Working Group
  8. Reaching Out and Moving Forward: Revising the Library of Congress’ Recommended Format Specifications
  9. Digital Forensics and Digital Preservation: An Interview with Kam Woods of BitCurator
  10. Cultural Institutions Embrace Crowdsourcing

Is your favorite blog post on the list? Did you have a favorite one that didn’t make the list? Share it in the comments below!

Plans for Assessing Preservation Storage Options and Lifecycles at MIT Libraries: An NDSR Project Update

The following is a guest post by Alexandra Curran, National Digital Stewardship Resident at MIT Libraries.  She participates in the NDSR-Boston cohort. Hello readers, and happy holidays! Looking back at the last few months of my residency working in collaboration with the Digital Preservation Unit (DPU) at MIT Libraries and especially their Lead for Digital […]

Authenticity Amidst Change: The Preservation and Access Framework for Digital Art Objects

The following is a guest post by Chelcie Juliet Rowell, Digital Initiatives Librarian, Z. Smith Reynolds Library, Wake Forest University. In this edition of the Insights Interview series for the NDSA Innovation Working Group, I was excited to talk with collaborators on Cornell University Library’s Preservation & Access Framework for Digital Art Objects project: Madeline […]

Digitizing Motion Picture Film: FADGI Report on Current Practices and Future Directions

The following is a guest post by Carl Fleischhauer, a Digital Initiatives Project Manager at the Library of Congress. More often than not, the Federal Agencies Digitization Guidelines Initiative Working Groups (one for still images, one for audio-visual) find themselves walking a line between codifying widely adopted practices and exploring new ideas and new technologies […]

Acquiring at Digital Scale: Harvesting the Collection

This post was originally published on the Folklife Today blog, which features folklife topics, highlighting the collections of the Library of Congress, especially the American Folklife Center and the Veterans History Project.  In this post, Nicole Saylor, head of the American Folklife Center Archive, talks about the mobile app and interviews Kate Zwaard and […]

Tool Time, or a Discussion on Picking the Right Digital Preservation Tools for Your Program: An NDSR Project Update

The following is a guest post by John Caldwell, National Digital Stewardship Resident at the United States Senate Historical Office. Who remembers Home Improvement? Tim the “Tool Man” Taylor was always trying to show the “Tool Time” audience how to build things, make repairs and of course, demo new tools made by the show’s sponsor, […]

Access Historic Audio and Video Programs: AAPB Launches Online Reading Room

The following is a guest post by Karen Cariani, AAPB Project Director and Director WGBH Media Library and Archive, Alan Gevinson, AAPB Project Director and Special Assistant to the Packard Campus Chief, and Casey Davis, Project Manager, American Archive of Public Broadcasting, WGBH Educational Foundation. The American Archive of Public Broadcasting (AAPB) Project Team at […]

The Veterans History Project Marks 15 Years of Service

“The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive the Veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by their nation.” — George Washington The Veterans History Project honors the lives and service of all American veterans –not […]

Digital Library Federation to Host National Digital Stewardship Alliance

The National Digital Stewardship Alliance announced that it has selected the Digital Library Federation (DLF), a program of the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), to serve as NDSA’s institutional home starting in January 2016. The selection and announcement follows a nationwide search and evaluation of cultural heritage, membership, and technical service organizations, in […]

Announcing the 2015 Innovation Award Winners

On behalf of the National Digital Stewardship Alliance Innovation Working Group, I am excited to announce the 2015 NDSA Innovation Award winners! This year, the annual innovation awards committee reviewed over thirty exceptional nominations from across the country. Awardees were selected based on how their work or their project’s whose goals or outcomes represent an […]