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Digitization and Digital Preservation: Questions Persist

Posted by: Bill LeFurgy

Digitization–making a digital copy of a non-digital object–is a bedeviling topic for digital preservationists. Establishing a clear line of demarcation between the process of creating the digital copy and the process of keeping the copy over time is the central issue. I’ve always thought this was semantics. Well-meaning, but ill-informed, people said “digital preservation” when …

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Emotion, Meaning and Digital Collections

Posted by: Bill LeFurgy

Getting emotional about historical collections is unusual for most people. Ask the average person to free associate words for “archives” and your will hear “dusty, “old,” “dark” and so on. Ask about digital archives and you will┬álikely just get a blank stare. This is an occupational hazard of digital archivists, that awkward first attempt to …

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Personal Digital Archiving 2013: “Everyone Should Have an Archive”

Posted by: Bill LeFurgy

You should have an archive for your personal digital materials. We all should. Archives preserve memories of “me” as well as “us.” Our personal archives also offer exciting new ways to remember and reconstruct our lives. Attendees of the Personal Digital Archiving 2013 conference considered these ideas over two days of presentations and discussion last …

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Perspectives on Big Data Stewardship

Posted by: Bill LeFurgy

I had the opportunity today to talk at the Big Data and Big Challenges for Law and Legal Information symposium at the Georgetown University Law Center. The event marked the 125th anniversary of the University Law Library. My panel was on Big Data Applications in Scholarship and Policy, and I was pleased to present with …

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Top 10 Digital Preservation Developments of 2012

Posted by: Bill LeFurgy

With 2012 safely behind us, let us praise some of the best things that happened last year in digital preservation. This is something of a tradition for us, as we have previously run down a list for 2011 and 2010. I cast a wide net and mustered my objectivity in in picking activities with the …