Author: Trevor Owens

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 […]

Protect Your Data: Storage and Geographic Location

The NDSA levels of digital preservation are useful in providing a high-level, at-a-glance overview of tiered guidance for planning for digital preservation. One of the most common requests received by the NDSA group working on this is that we provide more in-depth information on the issues discussed in each cell. To that end, we are […]

Can You Digitize A Digital Object? It’s Complicated

And if so, why would you ever want to? About a year ago the University of Iowa Libraries Special Collections announced a rather exciting project, to digitize the data tapes from the Explorer I satellite mission. My first thought: the data on these tapes is likely digital to begin with, so there’s not really something […]

Crossing the River: An Interview With W. Walker Sampson of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History

The following is a guest post by Jefferson Bailey, Strategic Initiatives Manager at Metropolitan New York Library Council, National Digital Stewardship Alliance Innovation Working Group co-chair and a former Fellow in the Library of Congress’s Office of Strategic Initiatives. Regular readers of The Signal will no doubt be familiar with the Levels of Digital Preservation project […]

BitCurator’s Open Source Approach: An Interview With Cal Lee

Open source software is playing an important role in digital stewardship. In an effort to better understand the role open source software is playing, the NDSA infrastructure working group is reaching out to folks working on a range of open source projects. Our goal is to develop a better understanding of their work and how they are […]

Beyond the Scanned Image: Assessing Scholarly Uses of Digital Collections

The following is a guest post from Nicole Saylor, the head of the American Folklife Center‘s archives at the Library of Congress. Prior to her arrival at the Library, she was a member of the survey team while working as the head of Digital Research & Publishing at the University of Iowa Libraries. It’s easy […]

Astronomical Data and Astronomical Digital Stewardship: An interview with Brian Schmidt

The following is a guest post from Jane Mandelbaum, co-chair of the National Digital Stewardship Alliance Innovation Working group and IT Project Manager at the Library of Congress. As part of our ongoing series of insights discussions with individuals doing innovative work related to digital preservation and stewardship I am excited to talk with Brian Schmidt. Brian […]

Digital Stewardship and the Digital Public Library of America’s Approach: An Interview with Emily Gore

The following is a guest post by Anne Wootton, CEO of Pop Up Archive, National Digital Stewardship Alliance Innovation Working Group member and Knight News Challenge winner. In this installment of the Insights Interviews series, a project of the Innovation Working Group of the National Digital Stewardship Alliance, I caught up with Emily Gore, Director […]

Preserving.exe Report: Toward a National Strategy for Preserving Software

Our world increasingly runs on software. From operating streetlights and financial markets, to producing music and film, to conducting research and scholarship in the sciences and the humanities, software shapes and structures our lives. Software is simultaneously a baseline infrastructure and a mode of creative expression. It is both the key to accessing and making […]