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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 …

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Similarity Breeds Confusion – The Challenge of Finding Music

Posted by: Susan Manus

In addition to the ongoing challenge of direct digital preservation there are other related activities that are crucial to this effort.   Lots of things, actually – that are not directly “preservation” activities but do affect the digital preservation end result.  Things such as metadata – which I’d like to focus on here, and using music …

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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 …