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You Had Me at Preservation of Geospatial Information

Posted by: Bill LeFurgy

The following is a guest post by Erin Engle, Digital Archivist, NDIIPP. On “The Signal,” we’ve talked about different aspects of digital preservation – like here and here – and we’ve talked about geospatial information and digital mapping. In this post, I’d like to talk about the resource NDIIPP is helping to develop (and the …

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NDSA Profile: Educopia Institute

Posted by: Susan Manus

The following is part of a series featuring the work of our National Digital Stewardship Alliance partners. “A place for everything, everything in its place, and seven secure copies”, so says the “digital” Ben Franklin, as he’s quoted at the top of the MetaArchive project page.  He would of course, be very happy with the …

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How We Do Storage: A Saga of Bits, Disk, Tape and Systems

Posted by: Susan Manus

The following is a guest post by Trevor Owens, Digital Archivist with the Office of Strategic Initiatives. Over the last six months, the National Digital Stewardship Alliance Infrastructure Working Group has been talking storage. After listening to several presentations on shiny new decentralized, distributed and or cloud storage platforms we quickly realized that the diversity …

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Slaying the Dragons: What is At Risk and How do We Rescue It?

Posted by: Martha Anderson

The following is a guest post by Abbie Grotke, Web Archiving Team Lead at the Library of Congress, serving as Content Working Group co-chair for the National Digital Stewardship Alliance. Digital preservationists are generally peaceful types, so no actual dragons were harmed in the National Digital Stewardship Alliance Content Working Group’s “Slaying the Dragons: What …

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Digital Pioneer: Rebecca Guenther

Posted by: Mike Ashenfelder

When Rebecca Guenther retires from the Library of Congress in August 2011, 35 years of institutional knowledge about bibliographic information will go with her. The Library of Congress loses – among other things – the world’s leading authority on PREMIS metadata for digital preservation. Guenther has nurtured conversations among international library stakeholders, conversations that led …

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Meet My Trustworthy Friend UELMA

Posted by: Butch Lazorchak

NCCUSL. If pronounced a certain way (think “nah-kooz-ull”) it sounds like the latest toy fad. But get used to the acronym because the organization behind it is responsible for one of the most important pieces of digital preservation legislation in the past ten years. NCCUSL stands for the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State …

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The “End of Term” Was Only the Beginning

Posted by: Butch Lazorchak

The following is a guest post by Laura Graham, a Digital Media Project Coordinator at the Library. In late 2008, the Library of Congress, the California Digital Library, the University of North Texas, the Internet Archive and the Government Printing Office began the first collaborative project to capture and archive United States government web sites …

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Tending the Machines

Posted by: Mike Ashenfelder

The computers that store and serve our digital collections are multiplying rapidly to keep up with our escalating data demands. All the while the servers guzzle power, radiate heat, crowd bandwidth and exert an unprecedented burden on the power grid. During these tough economic times, as institutions scrutinize their operations for budget-trimming opportunities, they must …