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Bit By Bit: Recent Projects on Digital Forensics for Collecting Institutions

Posted by: Butch Lazorchak

This is a guest post by Bradley Daigle, Director of Digital Curation Services and Digital Strategist for Special Collections, University of Virginia; Matthew Kirschenbaum, Associate Professor of English and Associate Director, Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH), University of Maryland; and Christopher (Cal) Lee, Associate Professor at the School of Information and Library …

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What Does Innovation Look Like? The NDSA Innovation Working Group Wants to Know

Posted by: Butch Lazorchak

The following is a guest post from Micah Beck, Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Tennessee, and Jane Mandelbaum, Trevor Owens and Jefferson Bailey in the Library of Congress’s Office of Strategic Initiatives. What important big ideas are just around the corner in digital stewardship? What …

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Partly Cloudy: Trends in Distributed and Remote Preservation Storage–More Results from the NDSA Storage Survey

Posted by: Bill LeFurgy

The following is a guest post by Jefferson Bailey, Fellow at the Library of Congress’s Office of Strategic Initiatives. As discussed in a previous post, the NDSA Infrastructure Working Group recently conducted an extensive survey of NDSA member preservation storage systems. While the survey examined a wide range of preservation storage trends and activities, it …

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Digging into a Slice of Digital History

Posted by: Bill LeFurgy

This is a guest post by Ellen O’Donnell, Technical Writer, National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, who recently spent a year on detail in OSI. When shepherd Christopher Day made a routine check of his boss’s flock, he noticed that a sheep was missing. Word got around town. An alert policeman spotted a suspicious …

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The World Digital Library: A Truly International Effort

Posted by: Leslie Johnston

In November of 2011 I had the pleasure of attending the annual World Digital Library partner’s meeting in Munich, Germany, hosted by the Bavarian State Library. This year’s meeting was a highly productive series of working sessions, highlighting the exceptional progress of the initiative and the current and future efforts of the partner institutions in …

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Top 10 Digital Preservation Developments of 2011

Posted by: Bill LeFurgy

It’s time to take stock of the most memorable digital preservation happenings of 2011.  This is a challenge, since many organizations around the world have done fine work and a full accounting would be long.  Really, really web-unfriendly long. Hence the virtue of the top 10 trope:  brevity makes up for ruthless exclusion.  In that …

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Exploring and Sharing Community History Through Interface Design

Posted by: Bill LeFurgy

The following is a guest post by Abbey Potter, Program Officer, NDIIPP.  She is also Communications Officer for the IIPC. Viewshare is a free platform for generating and customizing views (interactive maps, timelines, facets, tag clouds) that allow users to experience digital collections. It was launched a few months ago and it has been featured …

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From There to Here, from Here to There, Digital Content is Everywhere!

Posted by: Butch Lazorchak

(NOTE: This is an updated article from our digitalpreservation.gov website originally written by Mike Ashenfelder.) As we discussed in an earlier post, the landscape is changing for the better in terms of the appearance of open source tools to support digital preservation and access. NDIIPP has contributed by developing tools to transfer large quantities of …