Broadcasting Loud and Clear

After launching on May 31, “The Signal”  had a strong first month.  We published 27 posts and are pleased to have had over 60 comments during June.  The blog appears to reach a broad audience, which is exactly what we hoped for. Staff wrote about digital preservation outreach events, significant reports and publications, data forensics […]

Facing Off with Digital Preservation Policy

The following is a guest post by Kristin Snawder, a 2011 Junior Fellow working with NDIIPP. When I came to the Library I never imagined that my first project would be to face off with the hard issues underlining digital preservation policy development. Policy development was new to me, and the task seemed daunting.  But […]

Whither Digital Video Preservation?

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 […]

Exploring Cultural Heritage Collections With Recollection

The following is a guest post by Trevor Owens, Digital Archivist with the Office of Strategic Initiatives. For my first post, I wanted to introduce readers to Recollection, a free and open tool NDIIPP is working on. Recollection is a free, open source platform that lets archivists, librarians, scholars and curators create easy to navigate […]

Panel Explores Educational Alignment in Digital Management and Curation

The following is a guest post from Ellen O’Donnell, Senior Technical Writer, on assignment to the Office of Strategic Initiatives from the National Institutes of Health. Staffs of digital preservation programs from around the world gathered at an historic conference in Tallinn, Estonia, in May 2011, to share information and build strategic collaborations to help […]

Save Our African American Treasures: Dallas

The following is a guest post by Erin Engle, Digital Archivist, NDIIPP. Imagine starting something from scratch. A home project, a work project, or maybe you’re even baking a cake, from scratch.  Now imagine what the dedicated staff of the new National Museum of African American History and Culture are doing – they are building […]

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

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 […]