Author: Trevor Owens

“Digital Culture is Mass Culture”: An interview with Digital Conservator Dragan Espenschied

At the intersection of digital preservation, art conservation and folklore you can find many of Dragan Espenschied’s projects. After receiving feedback and input from Dragan for a recent post on interfaces to digital collections and geocities I heard that he is now stepping into the role of digital conservator at Rhizome. To that end, I’m […]

Nominations Now Open for the 2014 NDSA Innovation Awards

 The National Digital Stewardship Alliance Innovation Working Group is proud to open the nominations for the 2014 NDSA Innovation Awards. As a diverse membership group with a shared commitment to digital preservation, the NDSA understands the importance of innovation and risk-taking in developing and supporting a broad range of successful digital preservation activities. These awards […]

A New Viewshare in the Works: Public Beta for Existing Users

The Viewshare team has been hard at work on an extensive revision of the Viewshare platform. Almost every part of the workflow and interface is being tweaked and revised; so much so that we didn’t just want to foist the whole thing on all the existing users at once. So, we have set up a […]

Personal Stories, Storage Media, and Veterans History: An Interview with Andrew Cassidy-Amstutz

The following is a guest post by Jefferson Bailey, Strategic Initiatives Manager at Metropolitan New York Library Council and co-chair of the National Digital Stewardship Alliance Innovation Working Group. In the latest installment of the Insights Interviews series, a project of the Innovation Working Group of the National Digital Stewardship Alliance, we talk with Andrew […]

What Do you Mean by Archive? Genres of Usage for Digital Preservers

One of the tricks to working in an interdisciplinary field like digital preservation is that all too often we can be using the same terms but not actually talking about the same things. In my opinion, the most fraught term in digital preservation discussions is “archive.” At this point, it has come to mean a […]

Getting Public Radio’s Legacy Off Ageing Rewritable CDs: An Interview with WNYC’s John Passmore

While many kinds of analog media age with a kind of dignity, taking on a patina of age and the term “vintage,” the same is generally not true of digital media. Of the range of digital media out there, the humble rewritable CD is likely one of the least loved and most rapidly aging and […]

Check Yourself: How and When to Check Fixity

How do I know if a digital file/object has been corrupted, changed or altered? Further how can I prove that I know what I have? How can I be confident that the content I am providing is in good condition, complete, or reasonably complete?  How do I verify that a file/object has not changed over […]

Machine Scale Analysis of Digital Collections: An Interview with Lisa Green of Common Crawl

How do we make digital collections available at scale for today’s scholars and researchers? Lisa Green, director of Common Crawl, tackled this and related questions in her keynote address at Digital Preservation 2013. (You can view her slides and watch a video of her talk online.) As a follow up to ongoing discussions of what […]

Interface, Exhibition & Artwork: Geocities, Deleted City and the Future of Interfaces to Digital Collections

In 2009, a band of rogue digital preservationists called Archive Team did their best to collect and preserve Geocities. The resulting data has became the basis for at least two works of art: Deleted City and One Terabyte of Kilobyte Age. I think the story of this data set and these works offer insights into the […]

File Format Action Plans in Theory and Practice

The following is a guest post from Lee Nilsson, a National Digital Stewardship Resident working with the Repository Development Center at The Library of Congress.  The 2014 National Agenda for Digital Stewardship makes a clear-cut case for the development of File Format Action Plans to combat format obsolescence issues. “Now that stewardship organizations are amassing large collections of digital […]