Category: Data

Emerging Collaborations for Accessing and Preserving Email

The following is a guest post by Chris Prom, Assistant University Archivist and Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I’ll never forget one lesson from my historical methods class at Marquette University.  Ronald Zupko–famous for his lecture about the bubonic plague and a natural showman–was expounding on what it means to interrogate primary sources–to cast […]

Untangling the Knot of CAD Preservation

At the 2014 Society of American Archivists meeting, the CAD/BIM Taskforce held a session titled “Frameworks for the Discussion of Architectural Digital Data” to consider the daunting matter of archiving computer-aided design and Building Information Modelling files. This was the latest evidence that — despite some progress in standards and file exchange — archivists and the […]

NEON presents its first higher education video

NEON is excited to present its first video in a series of multimedia resources. The Story of LiDAR Data provides a general overview of LiDAR data and highlights how LiDAR data is used to measure structural characteristics of trees. Education is an important part of the NEON project design. NEON’s higher education program provides a …

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Preserving and Curating Research Data: Panel Preview for DP2014

Continuing with our series of blog posts devoted to the upcoming Digital Preservation 2014 conference, the following interview features a preview of the panel session entitled “Research Data and Curation” with panel members Inna Kouper (Data to Insight Center at Indiana University), Elizabeth Yakel (University of Michigan School of Information) and Ixchel Faniel (OCLC Research). Susan: […]

Spring Training in Florida

I recently returned from a week of training in Florida. No, not for baseball, but for Big Data. More specifically, how to collect samples for NEON’s Terrestrial Observation System. You know…insects, plants, soils, microbes, mammals, and pathogens. With a push of a button, you’ll be able to access data about all of these things: their …

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April Issue of the Library of Congress Digital Preservation Newsletter is Now Available!

The April 2014 Library of Congress Digital Preservation Newsletter (pdf) is now available! In this issue: Where are the Born Digital Archives Test Data Sets? Fixity Data in Sound and Moving Image Files Managing a Library of Congress Worth of Data Personal Digital Archiving: The Basics of Scanning New NDSA Report: Geospatial Data Stewardship Online […]

White House Climate Data Initiative Addresses Climate Change Through Open Data

On March 19, 2014, the White House launched the Climate Data Initiative (CDI), part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan launched in June 2013.  The Climate Action Plan is the Administration’s blueprint for domestic and international efforts to prepare for the impacts of climate change and reduce carbon emissions.  The CDI is meant to spur …

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“Re-purposing” data in the Digital Humanities: Data beg to be taken from one context and transferred to another.

While scientists may be well-versed in drawing on existing data sources for new research, humanists are not conditioned to chop up another scholar’s argument, isolate a detail and put it into an unrelated argument. Seth Long critically examines the practice of re-purposing data and finds data in the digital humanities beg to be re-purposed, taken from one context and transferred […]

Managing a Library of Congress Worth of Data

The following is a guest post by Kate Zwaard and David Brunton, both Supervisory IT Specialists in the Library of Congress Repository Development Center. The Library of Congress’s digital collections are growing at a rate of 1.5 terabytes per day (that means, by the popular measure, we collect a “Library of Congress”  worth of data […]