Hashing Out Digital Trust

The following is a guest post by Kate Zwaard, a Supervisory Information Technology Specialist in the Library of Congress Office of Strategic Initiatives. The Library of Congress and its partners continue to work on ways to help users communicate and evaluate trustworthiness of the electronic material they are accessing. The risk is higher for some […]

Growing Open Source Communities: Omeka, End Users, Designers and Developers

The following is a guest post from Sharon M. Leon, Director of Public Projects at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media and Associate Professor at George Mason University. Historians are not the most likely candidates to design and develop an open source web publishing platform. But, as historians working at in the […]

From Records to Data: It’s Not Just About Collections Any More

On October 20 I had the extreme pleasure of being one of the plenary speakers at the 2011 Best Practices Exchange.  I rarely have the opportunity to get an hour all to myself to speak about pretty much whatever I want to talk about. One one hand, I wanted the opportunity to extend the topics […]

Open Source Tool Speeds Up Web Archive Scoping

This is a guest post from Kathleen Kenney, Digitization Specialist, Digital Information Management Program, State Library of North Carolina. The State Library of North Carolina, in collaboration with the North Carolina State Archives, has been archiving North Carolina state agency web sites since 2005 and social media since 2009.  Since then, we have crawled over […]

Information or Artifact: Digitizing Photographic Negatives and Transparencies, Part 2

The following is a guest post by Carl Fleischhauer, a Digital Initiatives Project Manager in NDIIPP. This is the final blog on the topic of informational and artifactual values in the digitization of books (and other documents) and photographic negatives and transparencies.  Here are links to the book-related blogs: Part 1 and Part 2. Part […]

Information or Artifact: Digitizing Photographic Negatives and Transparencies, Part 1

The following is a guest post by Carl Fleischhauer, a Digital Initiatives Project Manager in NDIIPP. What does it mean to digitize a photographic negative?  My previous pair of blogs discussed digitizing books (and other textual materials), exploring the ways that the process captures informational and artifactual aspects of the original item.  The short version […]

Information or Artifact: Digitizing a Book, Part 2

The following is a guest post by Carl Fleischhauer, a Digital Initiatives Project Manager in NDIIPP. Yesterday, I blogged about the digital reformatting of historical books and other documents.  I reported that virtually all digitization projects in memory institutions present the information from the pages in the form of a searchable text.  I also noted […]

Data is the New Black

At our recent Preservation Storage Meeting, the word “data” was frequently mentioned.  This was of some note to me, as cultural heritage organizations have, until recently, spoken of “collections” and “content” or even “files,” but not data.  This is of course not the case at universities, where social science and observational datasets are very much […]