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Transferring “Libraries of Congress” of Data

Posted by: Mike Ashenfelder

The following is a guest post by Nicholas Taylor, Information Technology Specialist for the Web Archiving Team. If science reporters, IT industry pundits and digital storage and network infrastructure purveyors are to be believed, devices are being lab-tested even now that can store all of the data in the Library of Congress or transmit it …

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How Do You Find Training on Digital Preservation?

Posted by: Butch Lazorchak

The following is a guest post by Barrett Jones, Program Specialist for the Digital Preservation Outreach and Education initiative at the Library. Right now as I type this post, there is a two-hour Introduction to Digital Preservation online course available from the State Library of North Carolina Digital Information Management Program. On July 25th there’s …

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Make It Work!

Posted by: Susan Manus

The following is a guest post by Abbey Potter, Program Officer, NDIIPP, and Communications Officer, IIPC. You’ve no doubt heard this catch phrase made popular by Tim Gunn from the reality competition show Project Runway. It is the advice he gives harried contestants who are trying to create a fabulous dress in under two hours …

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Digital Time Capsules

Posted by: Leslie Johnston

I was recently asked a question that I had never considered before:  If I wanted to create a digital time capsule, how would I ensure that it is usable in twenty or fifty or more years?  The International Time Capsule Society provides  tips on creating a physical capsule.  But what about the digital? At its …

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Whither Digital Video Preservation?

Posted by: Butch Lazorchak

The following is a guest post by Jimi Jones, Audio-Visual Specialist, NDIIPP. A correction was made to this post on July 7, 2011. “What’s the best digital video file format for preservation?” Finding appropriate digital preservation file formats for audiovisual materials is not an easy task.  While much of the recorded sound preservation realm has …

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1000 Years (Give or Take a Few) of Digital Mapping

Posted by: Butch Lazorchak

This is a map. Of course, it’s not just any map. It’s the Universalis Cosmographia Secundum Ptholomaei Traditionem et Americi Vespucii Alioru[m]que Lustrationes from 1507, otherwise known as the Waldseemüller map after its creator, Martin Waldseemüller. It was the first map, printed or manuscript, to depict clearly a separate Western Hemisphere, with the Pacific as …

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The First Decade of Web Archiving at the Library of Congress

Posted by: Mike Ashenfelder

The following is a guest post by Abbie Grotke,  Web Archiving Team Lead at the Library of Congress. Eleven years ago, the Library of Congress established a pilot web archiving project to study methods to evaluate, select, collect, catalog, provide access to and preserve at-risk born digital content for future generations. We could write a …