Author: Butch Lazorchak

Comparing Formats for Still Image Digitizing: Part One

The following is a guest post by Carl Fleischhauer, a Digital Initiatives Project Manager in NDIIPP. The Still Image Working Group within the Federal Agencies Digitization Guidelines Initiative (FADGI) recently posted a comparison of a few selected digital file formats.  We sometimes call these target formats: they are the output format that you reformat to.  In […]

National Digital Stewardship Residency Lessons Learned and Next Steps

The following is a guest post by Kris Nelson, Program Management Specialist at the Library of Congress and Program Coordinator of the National Digital Stewardship Residency. It’s hard to believe that the current cohort of National Digital Stewardship Residents will conclude their program later this month.   After nine months of working on their projects, attending […]

“Distant Reading” and Web Archiving

The following is a guest post by Andrea Fox, Web Archiving Intern at the Library of Congress. When Abbie Grotke of Web Archiving took me on for an internship, I thought well of myself for a few minutes until realizing I had no clue what Web Archiving was or what it wanted from me. Abbie […]

NDSR Symposium: Pushing the Digital Envelope

The following is a guest post by Kris Nelson, Program Management Specialist at the Library of Congress and Program Coordinator of the National Digital Stewardship Residency. “If you want to do important work, you have to work on an important problem.”  With these words, Betsy Humphreys, Deputy Director of the National Library of Medicine, effectively […]

Public Service Libraries and Personal Digital Archiving

The Texas Library Association Annual Conference started earlier this week, and I’ll be heading out there on Friday April 11 to participate in an interactive session with the TLA’s Digital Libraries Roundtable on the National Digital Stewardship Alliance and some of NDIIPP’s initiatives related to Personal Digital Archiving. Our parents and grandparents saved hand-written diaries, […]

Where are the Born-Digital Archives Test Data Sets?

By Butch Lazorchak and Trevor Owens We’ve talked in the past on the Signal on the need more applied research in digital preservation and stewardship. This is a key issue addressed by the 2014 National Agenda for Digital Stewardship, which dives in a little deeper to suggest that there’s a great need to strengthen the […]

A Regional NDSA?

The following is a guest post by Kim Schroeder, a lecturer at the Wayne State University School of Library and Information Science. Several years ago before the glory of the annual NDSA conference, professionals across America were seeking more digital curation literature and professional contacts.  Basic questions like ‘what is the first step in digital […]

Happy Birthday, Web!

This is a guest post by Abbie Grotke, Library of Congress Web Archiving Team Lead and Co-Chair of the National Digital Stewardship Alliance Content Working Group Yesterday we celebrated the 25th anniversary of the creation of the World Wide Web. How many of you can remember the first time you saw a website, clicked on […]

New NDSA Report: Geospatial Data Stewardship Key Online Resources

“Location is everywhere.” It’s become a catch phrase in mobile computing development and marketing, but it could just as easily become standard operating procedure in libraries, archives and museums as our content becomes increasingly geoenabled, using “location intelligence” to liberate our physical information from the confines of our walled spaces. Legislators, funders and planners have […]

New NDSA Report: The Benefits and Risks of the PDF/A-3 File Format for Archival Institutions

We’re lucky in the digital stewardship community that our challenges tend to be non life-threatening. Still, when we get fired up about something there is guaranteed to be spirited debate and passionate advocacy on all sides. Such was the case with the release of the PDF/A-3 file format specification in October 2012. We wrote about […]