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Acquiring at Digital Scale: Harvesting the StoryCorps.me Collection

Posted by: Erin Engle

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 StoryCorps.me mobile app and interviews Kate Zwaard and …

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

Posted by: Erin Engle

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, …

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Improving Technical Options for Audiovisual Collections Through the PREFORMA Project

Posted by: Kate Murray

The digital preservation community is a connected and collaborative one. I first heard about the Europe-based PREFORMA project last summer at a Federal Agencies Digitization Guidelines Initiative meeting when we were discussing the Digital File Formats for Videotape Reformatting comparison matrix. My interest was piqued because I heard about their incorporation of FFV1 and Matroska, …

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Cultural Institutions Embrace Crowdsourcing

Posted by: Mike Ashenfelder

Many cultural institutions have¬†accelerated the development of their digital collections and data sets by allowing citizen volunteers to help with the millions of crucial tasks that archivists, scientists, librarians, and curators face. One of the ways institutions are addressing these challenges is through crowdsourcing. In this post, I’ll look at a few sample crowdsourcing projects …

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The National Digital Platform for Libraries: An Interview with Trevor Owens and Emily Reynolds from IMLS

Posted by: Erin Engle

I had the chance to ask Trevor Owens and Emily Reynolds at the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) about the national digital platform priority and current IMLS grant opportunities. ¬†I was interested to hear how these opportunities could support ongoing activities and research in the digital preservation and stewardship communities. Erin: Could you …

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Seeking Comment on Migration Checklist

Posted by: Abbey Potter

The NDSA Infrastructure Working Group’s goals are to identify and share emerging practices around the development and maintenance of tools and systems for the curation, preservation, storage, hosting, migration, and similar activities supporting the long term preservation of digital content. One of the ways the IWG strives to achieve their goals is to collaboratively develop …

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Mapping the Digital Galaxy: The Keepers Registry Expands its Tool Kit

Posted by: Erin Engle

This past month, The Keepers Registry released a new version of its website with a suite of significant new features to help its members monitor the archival status of e-journal content. The Library of Congress has been one of the archiving institutions of The Keepers Registry and we thought this was a good time to …

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Mapping Libraries: Creating Real-time Maps of Global Information

Posted by: Erin Engle

The following is a guest post by Kalev Hannes Leetaru, a data scientist and Senior Fellow at George Washington University Center for Cyber & Homeland Security. In a previous post, he introduced us to the GDELT Project, a platform that monitors the news media, and presented how mass translation of the world’s information offers libraries …

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We Welcome Our Email Overlords: Highlights from the Archiving Email Symposium

Posted by: Kate Murray

This post is co-authored with Erin Engle, a Digital Archivist in the Office of Strategic Initiatives. Despite the occasional death knell claims, email is alive, well and exponentially thriving in many organizations. It’s become an increasingly complex challenge for collecting and memory institutions as we struggle with the same issues: How is email processed differently …