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All In! Embedded Files in PDF/A

Posted by: Butch Lazorchak

Wouldn’t it be great to have a single technical solution that solves all your long-term digital archiving, stewardship and preservation needs? Perhaps a file format with millions of users, widespread adoption across different computing platforms, free viewers and open documentation? A lot of hopes and dreams have been poured into the idea of “one preservation …

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Using Wayback Machine for Research

Posted by: Butch Lazorchak

The following is a guest post by Nicholas Taylor, Information Technology Specialist for the Repository Development Group at the Library of Congress. Prompted by questions from Library of Congress staff on how to more effectively use web archives to answer research questions, I recently gave a presentation on “Using Wayback Machine for Research” (PDF). I …

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DAMs Vs. LAMs: It’s On!

Posted by: Butch Lazorchak

As digital preservation and stewardship professionals, we approach digital objects from a unique perspective. We evaluate the long-term value of any particular digital object and work to develop a technical and social infrastructure that will enable us to successfully preserve the objects over time. Preserving and providing appropriate access are our primary functions, but no …

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Mapping Federal Geospatial Stewardship Efforts

Posted by: Butch Lazorchak

I’m obsessed with maps, especially digital maps. I’m continually amazed by the tools being developed to use location data to make our lives easier. Luckily, this interest dovetails with NDIIPP’s concerns about ensuring that digital mapping survives for the long-term, so I’m regularly scanning the landscape to figure out ways we can engage the wider …

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DPOE Continues to Expand Trainer Network

Posted by: Butch Lazorchak

This is a guest post from George Coulbourne, Executive Program Officer in the Office of Strategic Initiatives, Library of Congress. Braving the heat of an Indiana summer, 21 library, archive, and museum professionals recently completed the Digital Preservation Outreach and Education program’s second Train-the-Trainer Workshop. Representing the states of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, …

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The September 2012 Library of Congress Digital Preservation Newsletter is Now Available

Posted by: Butch Lazorchak

The September 2012 Library of Congress Digital Preservation Newsletter is now available. http://www.digitalpreservation.gov/news/newsletter/201209.pdf In this issue: *Reflections from CurateCamp Processing: Processing Data/Processing Collections *Final results from the National Digital Stewardship Alliance Storage Survey *Read about the born-digital archives of Jonathan Larson, composer of the musical RENT *The Library of Congress collections = 10 TB of …

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Loading South By Southwest with Librarians

Posted by: Butch Lazorchak

The South By Southwest conference is has become pretty big on the tech circuit and has garnered a reputation as a place where new technologies are launched. There’s an egalitarian spirit to the event (read; sprawling) that encourages anyone to attend and participate. The “anyone” increasingly includes information professionals in libraries, archives and museums (LAMs). …

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“Supply Side” Digital Preservation

Posted by: Butch Lazorchak

Most people working with digital information are on the “supply side.” You know, the beginning of the digital information lifecycle where you create and “supply” great stuff like photos, music, TPS reports and the like. In fact, most people are on the supply side. The technology consulting firm IDC noted in their Extracting Value from …