Author: Butch Lazorchak

Beyond Us and Them: Designing Storage Architectures for Digital Collections 2014

The following post was authored by Erin Engle, Michelle Gallinger, Butch Lazorchak, Jane Mandelbaum and Trevor Owens from the Library of Congress. The Library of Congress held the 10th annual Designing Storage Architectures for Digital Collections meeting September 22-23, 2014. This meeting is an annual opportunity for invited technical industry experts, IT  professionals, digital collections […]

Welcoming the Newest Member of the Viewshare Team to the Library

The following is a guest post by Patrick Rourke, an Information Technology Specialist and the newest member of the Library’s Viewshare team. I made my first forays into computing on days when it was too cold, wet or snowy to walk in the woods behind our house, in a room filled with novels, atlases and […]

Welcome to the Wild World of Web Archiving

The following is a guest post by Nicholas Woodward, an Information Technology Specialist and the newest member of the Library’s Web Archiving team. The path that lead me to the Library of Congress was long and circuitous, and it includes everything from a tiny web startup to teaching economics in Nicaragua to rediscovering a passion […]

Upgrading Image Thumbnails… Or How to Fill a Large Display Without Your Content Team Quitting

The following is a guest post by Chris Adams from the Repository Development Center at the Library of Congress, the technical lead for the World Digital Library. Preservation is usually about maintaining as much information as possible for the future but access requires us to balance factors like image quality against file size and design […]

Perpetual Access and Digital Preservation at #SAA14

I had the distinct pleasure of moderating the opening plenary session of the Joint Annual Meeting of COSA, NAGARA and SAA in Washington D.C. in early August. The panel was on the “state of access,” and I shared the dais with David Cuillier, an Associate Professor and Director of the University of Arizona School of […]

National Geospatial Advisory Committee: The Shape of Geo to Come

Back in late June I attended the National Geospatial Advisory Committee (NGAC) meeting here in DC. NGAC is a Federal Advisory Committee sponsored by the Department of the Interior under the Federal Advisory Committee Act. The committee is composed of (mostly) non-federal representatives from all sectors of the geospatial community and features very high profile […]

Making Scanned Content Accessible Using Full-text Search and OCR

This following is a guest post by Chris Adams from the Repository Development Center at the Library of Congress, the technical lead for the World Digital Library. We live in an age of cheap bits: scanning objects en masse has never been easier, storage has never been cheaper and large-scale digitization has become routine for […]

Digital Preservation 2014: It’s a Thing

“Digital preservation makes headlines now, seemingly routinely. And the work performed by the community gathered here is the bedrock underlying such high profile endeavors.” – Matt Kirschenbaum The annual Digital Preservation meeting, held each summer in Washington, DC, brings together experts in academia, government and the private and non-profit sectors to celebrate key work and […]

The MH17 Crash and Selective Web Archiving

The following is a guest post by Nicholas Taylor, Web Archiving Service Manager for Stanford University Libraries. The Internet Archive Wayback Machine has been mentioned in several news articles within the last week  (see here, here and here) for having archived a since-deleted blog post from a Ukrainian separatist leader touting his shooting down a […]

Digital Preservation 2014 Session Preview: Preserving and Rescuing Heritage Information on Analog Media

The following is a guest post by Dr. Elizabeth Griffin, Volunteer Visitor at the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory, Canada, and Chair of the CODATA “Data at Risk” Task Group.  This is part of an ongoing series of posts to highlight and preview the Digital Preservation 2014 program.   Elizabeth previews the session she’s helped organize, “Preserving and […]