Describing Digital Preservation: As Easy as a Walk in the Park

The following is a guest post by Erin Engle, Digital Archivist, NDIIPP. When my family and friends ask what I do at the Library of Congress, I invariably get questioning looks when I use the phrase “digital preservation.”   The looks turn even more quizzical when I talk about my work managing a project focusing on […]

It’s Been a Busy Year – Partnership Highlights

As part of her closing presentation at the recent combined NDIIPP/NDSA partners meeting , Martha Anderson, Director of Program Management for the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program, said she has noticed a change taking place for organizations and that “no one is dealing with the tried and true anymore.  The skills to innovate […]

Junior Fellows Wrapping Up Digital Preservation Internship Projects

The following is a guest post by Gloria Gonzalez, a 2011 Junior Fellow working with NDIIPP. As August begins, our time as NDIIPP Junior Fellows is coming to an end. The four of us—Victoria Priester, Kristin Snawder, Cristina Bilmanis and myself—were introduced on The Signal at the beginning of June. Since then, we’ve worked on […]

Digital Preservation in a Box: NDSA Outreach

“Bob, can you give a presentation to thirty 8th graders on digital preservation.” “Sure. When’s the presentation?” “At 3:00 o’clock today.” “[YIKES!]” If your organization is like most, this scenario happens more regularly than you’d like. Fear not! The National Digital Stewardship Alliance Outreach Working Group set out to provide some solutions during its workshop […]

Digital Preservation News, July 25-29, 2011

The following is a guest post by Lara Lookabaugh, an intern working with the Digital Preservation Outreach and Education Initiative. We will post future updates as they become available every week.  The listing below is from last week. Here is your weekly round-up of digital preservation articles: Passwords and Paper Printouts: Preserving the Electronic Records […]

I Can Haz Standardz: What Standards Should be in the Digital Preservation Toolbox?

The following is a guest post by Jimi Jones, Audiovisual Specialist, and Carla Miller, Administrative Specialist, at the Library of Congress. The NDSA Standards and Best Practices Working Group is working on a digital preservation standards survey that has the following objectives: • Identify and describe existing digital preservation standards and best practices • Identify […]

Digital Preservation’s Got Talent: Awarding Innovation and Accomplishment

The following is a guest post by Trevor Owens, Digital Archivist with the Office of Strategic Initiatives. How can the digital stewardship community do more to recognize and encourage innovation in the field? That was the central question posed to the participants of And the Winner Is…, a workshop hosted by the National Digital Stewardship […]

The Remains of the Day—Thoughts from the NDIIPP/NDSA 2011 Meeting

After spending the span of three days with 200 people committed to saving digital information, I was impressed with  some of the recurring themes in the presentations and conversations. Two main bits  of advice remain with me.  Digital content must be used to be preserved.  Extending the usable life of digital content is the main goal of […]

2011 NDIIPP/NDSA Partners Meeting: It Worked!

Our 2011 partners meeting concluded yesterday.  The theme was “Make it Work: Improvisations on the Stewardship of Digital Information,” and all the various pieces seemed to come together nicely in this, our sixth year of partners meetings. Truth be told, there was anxiety floating around the office as we planned the meeting.  Figurative–and sometimes literal–white […]