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Lots of Transfer Collectives Keep Cultural Memory Safe: The Importance of Community Audio/Visual Archiving

Posted by: Mike Ashenfelder

This is a guest post collectively written by the XFR Collective (pronounced “transfer collective”), a grass-roots digitization and digital-preservation organization. They work with artists and media creators to rescue and preserve digital works, utilizing open, free platforms — such as the Internet Archive — for long-term preservation and access. We featured them in two previous …

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How Academics Manage their Personal Digital and Paper Information in their Digital Work Space

Posted by: Mike Ashenfelder

This is a guest post from Assistant Professor Kyong Eun Oh and Doctoral Student Vanessa Reyes, Simmons College School of Library and Information Science. I asked them to share their research with readers of The Signal because some of the digital preservation challenges that Simmons College faces — and Oh and Reyes researched — hold …

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

Posted by: Mike Ashenfelder

Some of you information professionals may have experienced incidents where, in the middle of a breezy conversation, you get caught off guard ┬áby 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 …

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“It’s Dead, Jim”: Resurrecting an Obsolete File, Part 2

Posted by: Mike Ashenfelder

In part 1 of this story, I described the difficulty of accessing a commercial CD-ROM published in 1989. Eventually, out of frustration, I questioned its value and wondered who actually cared about outdated software. So I consulted some colleagues. It turns out that some gamers care, especially those who are fanatical about the original look …

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DigitalPreservationEurope

Posted by: Mike Ashenfelder

This story was previously published on digitalpreservation.gov. By now you may have gotten an email from a friend or colleague pointing you to the Team Digital Preservation animations, the Saturday morning-style cartoon whose heroes defend against threats to digital preservation. The cartoon series is one of the many innovative resources that DigitalPreservationEurope uses to boost …

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Digital Preservation Pioneer: Helen Tibbo

Posted by: Mike Ashenfelder

Helen Tibbo is a descendant of Mayflower settlers Miles Standish and John Alden but she doesn’t flaunt her pedigree or socialize exclusively with snooty blue bloods. It’s difficult to say exactly how her Massachusetts cultural roots have defined her but she does embody bedrock New England characteristics such as self-reliance and practicality. And these traits …