Author: Butch Lazorchak

A National Agenda Bibliography for Digital Asset Sustainability and Preservation Cost Modeling

The 2014 National Digital Stewardship Agenda, released in July 2013, is still a must-read (have you read it yet?). It integrates the perspective of dozens of experts to provide funders and decision-makers with insight into emerging technological trends, gaps in digital stewardship capacity and key areas for development. The Agenda suggests a number of important […]

The NDSA at 3: Taking Stock and Looking Ahead

The end of the year is a great time to take stock. I’m currently in the “have I done irrevocable damage to my body during the holiday snacking season” phase of stock-taking. Luckily, the National Digital Stewardship Alliance isn’t concerned with whether anyone’s going to eat that last cookie and has a higher purpose than […]

Just Released: Staffing for Effective Digital Preservation: An NDSA Report

The following is a guest post by report co-authors and NDSA Standards and Practices Working Group members: Winston Atkins, Duke University Libraries Andrea Goethals, Harvard Library Carol Kussmann, Minnesota State Archives Meg Phillips, National Archives and Records Administration Mary Vardigan, Inter‐university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) The results of the 2012 National Digital […]

Content Matters Interview: The Montana State Library, Part Two

This is part two of the Content Matters interview series interview with Diane Papineau, a geographic information systems analyst at the Montana State Library. Part one was yesterday, December 5, 2013. Butch: What are some of the biggest digital preservation and stewardship challenges you face at the Montana State Library? Diane: The two biggest challenges […]

Content Matters Interview: The Montana State Library, Part One

In this installment of the Content Matters interview series of the National Digital Stewardship Alliance Content Working Group we’re featuring an interview with Diane Papineau, a geographic information systems analyst at the Montana State Library. Diane was kind enough to answer questions, in consultation with other MSL staff and the state librarian, Jennie Stapp, about […]

The Best Practices Exchange Conference is No Secret

“What happens at BPE stays at BPE.” So goes the oft-repeated mantra at the annual Best Practices Exchange conference, held this year under mostly-sunny skies in beautiful downtown Salt Lake City, UT. The phrase holds a special meaning for BPE attendees. Unlike the reticent returnees from America’s sin capitol who have presumably have something to […]

New NDSA Report: Issues in the Appraisal and Selection of Geospatial Data

Digital mapping information is an essential part of the backbone of our economy through the now-widespread consumer applications that allow us to track our location, find a nearby restaurant or guide us on a journey. While largely invisible to the casual user, the geospatial data that underpins these applications allows us to know what our […]

Archiving Web Content? Take the 2013 NDSA Survey!

The following is a guest post by Abbie Grotke, Library of Congress Web Archiving Team Lead and NDSA Content Working Group Co-Chair. Are you or your employer involved in archiving web content? If so, you may be interested in the National Digital Stewardship Alliance’s (NDSA) 2nd biannual survey of U.S. organizations that are actively involved […]

DPOE Train the Trainer, Alaska Edition

The following is a guest post by Jeanette Altman, a Digital Projects Professional at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. For many Alaskans, it’s not uncommon to be just slightly out of step with the rest of America. Things that might be easily obtainable Outside (that’s the Lower 48 to you) come at a premium here. […]