A is for Archives: the ABCs of preserving digital information

An abecedarian is one who is learning the fundamentals of something, as in the alphabet, or in this case, digital preservation. Today I am beginning a series that will explore the topic of digital preservation in an alphabetical way. Each post will use a word or phrase as a device to explore a concept and […]

You Had Me at Preservation of Geospatial Information

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 […]

Junior Fellows Wrapping Up Digital Preservation Internship Projects

The following is a guest post by Gloria Gonzalez, a 2011 Junior Fellow working with NDIIPP. As August begins, our time as NDIIPP Junior Fellows is coming to an end. The four of us—Victoria Priester, Kristin Snawder, Cristina Bilmanis and myself—were introduced on The Signal at the beginning of June. Since then, we’ve worked on […]

Digital Preservation News, August 1-5, 2011

The following is a guest post by Lara Lookabaugh, an intern working with the Digital Preservation Outreach and Education Initiative. Five Tips for Designing Preservable Websites – http://blog.photography.si.edu/2011/08/02/five-tips-for-designing-preservable-websites/ The Smithsonian Institution Archives outline five tips for designing websites for digital preservation, including following accessibility guidelines and maintaining stable URLs. Flash more reliable than hard disk? […]

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

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 […]

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

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 […]

Digital Preservation in a Box: NDSA Outreach

“Bob, can you give a presentation to thirty 8th graders on digital preservation.” “Sure. When’s the presentation?” “At 3:00 o’clock today.” “[YIKES!]” If your organization is like most, this scenario happens more regularly than you’d like. Fear not! The National Digital Stewardship Alliance Outreach Working Group set out to provide some solutions during its workshop […]