Demand Side Economics and Digital Preservation

Economic sustainability is a key issue for digital preservation. In the 2002 report, Preserving Our Digital Heritage: Plan for the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program, the Library of Congress noted that preserving digital content required nontrivial resources.  The report also said that forecasting future needs relating to digital preservation was difficult, and “there […]

A Meeting of the Minds for UDFR

There is a new collaboration under way, which is community driven, international in scope, and will be an invaluable resource for the entire digital library community.  The “Unified Digital Formats Registry” is a project with the ambitious goal of providing online access and open information sharing for the entire range of digital format information. A […]

IT, Data and Hockey: What Do They Have in Common?

The following is a guest post by Erin Engle, Digital Archivist, NDIIPP. What do you get when you fill a room full of people interested in social sciences and technology? Oh – and DATA! Lots of data! Discussions about data, examples of data, uses of data. You get the annual IASSIST Conference!  The organization has […]

Insights: Interview with David Rosenthal

The following is a guest post by Trevor Owens, Digital Archivist, NDIIPP. I’m excited to launch a new series, Insights, for The Signal. Insights will feature interviews and conversations between National Digital Stewardship Alliance Innovation working group members and individuals working on projects related to preservation, access and stewardship of digital information. We are thrilled […]

Personal Archiving in the Cloud

Over the past few years I have been organizing my family’s digital videos and digitizing our old  videocassettes. All along I have tried to follow the personal digital archiving advice that my colleagues and I publish about organizing and backing up your personal collections. Now that I have collected, organized and stored our videos on […]

Digital Forensics and Digital Preservation

Libraries, archives, and museums are acquiring increasing numbers of born-digital collections. I’ve been interested to see the increased use of digital forensics tools in the appraisal and processing and accessing of such collections. But there are challenges. Some of the software tools come from the realm of legal forensics, where chain of custody and recovery […]

A Blog About Saving Bits

We are excited and happy that the Library of Congress digital preservation program is now part of the blogosphere. Our official name is the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program, or NDIIPP (pronounced “n-dip”). You might find the acronym cryptic. But the name packs in a lot of meaning and a big mission. Plus, […]