Back to School: Students Archiving the Web

“Do you remember how we did things back when your great great grandma or grandpa [were alive]? We had moved Native Americans from their homelands, so we could have more and more land for ourselves.” The above reference describes the Whitefish Middle School’s Montana Indian Tribes, Modern Life, 2010-2011 Web Archiving Collection. This unique collection, […]

WARCreate and Future Stewardship: An interview with Mat Kelly

The five recipients of the inaugural NDSA innovation awards are exemplars of the creativity, diversity, and collaboration essential to supporting the digital community as it works to preserve and make available digital materials. In an effort to learn more and share the work of the individuals, projects and institutions who won these awards I am […]

How Do You Staff Your Digital Preservation Initiatives?

The following is a guest post by Jimi Jones, Digital Audiovisual Formats Specialist with the Office of Strategic Initiatives. Digital preservation is an emergent field. Businesses, cultural memory institutions and government bodies that want to responsibly preserve and generate digital assets face significant challenges with respect to staffing. How many staff do we need? What […]

Training the Digital Curators of Tomorrow

The following is a guest post by Emily Reynolds, a 2012 Junior Fellow. Earlier this month, the Board on Research Data and Information held the Symposium on Digital Curation in the Era of Big Data: Career Opportunities and Workforce Requirements. Bringing together digital curation educators and practitioners, the event featured discussions about the skills required […]

Digital Disaster Planning: Get the Picture Before Losing the Picture

The following is a guest post by Chelcie Rowell, 2012 Junior Fellow. Frequency of occurring? Rare. Impact of occurring? Huge. I’m talking about digital disasters. Stewards of digital content, like stewards of analog content, must plan for catastrophe in advance in order to minimize loss and recover quickly. True, digital disasters may occur infrequently. But at […]

One Culture: Digital Collections, Computational Humanities and History at Scale

How can the nature and practice of humanities research change in the face of the scale of digital cultural heritage collections and the possibilities offered by computational analysis? This was the core question in the recent Joint Council on Digital Libraries round table discussion of the Digging into Data challenge. The session description does a […]

What IRENE Has to Say About Incremental Development and Digital Preservation

The following is a guest post by Chelcie Rowell, 2012 Junior Fellow. A recent behind-the-scenes tour of the Packard Campus of the Library of Congress in Culpeper, VA, offered us Junior Fellows a glimpse into the cutting edge of audiovisual preservation, as well as insight into incremental development of a digital preservation effort. Undoubtedly one of […]

Canned Preserves: Reaching Out from the Classroom and Beyond

The following is a guest post by Kevin Marcou, a second-year student in the School of Library and Information Science at Catholic University of America and a Crowley Company contract worker at the Library of Congress. Recently, while clearing out a backpack, I found a 3.5” floppy disk dating from high school. Of course, I […]

The June 2012 Library of Congress Digital Preservation Newsletter is Now Available

The June 2012 Library of Congress Digital Preservation Newsletter is now available. In this issue: The Library of Congress digital preservation blog, The Signal, is a year old A recap of the week-long International Internet Preservation Consortium General Assembly News from The Signal: Defining the “Big” in Big Data; GeoMAPP and the Future of […]

Notes from THATCamp Museums NYC

The following is a guest post by Jefferson Bailey, Fellow at the Library of Congress’s Office of Strategic Initiatives. The Humanities and Technology Camp, or THATCamp, is a model for holding low-cost, collaborative “unconferences” at which professionals from a range of different communities can share tools, knowledge, and ideas to support the relationship between the […]