Category: digital preservation

♫ Beep, Boop, La La La: The George Sanger Collection at UT Austin Videogame Archive

In 2007, George Sanger and three other videogame industry leaders collaborated with the University of Texas at Austin to create the UT Videogame Archive at the Briscoe Center for American History. Sanger — who is best known by his persona, The Fat Man– is an award-winning, groundbreaking composer and sound designer who has created audio for more than 250 […]

Is There Such A Thing as Digital Preservation?

I am frequently asked about the difference between “traditional” preservation and digital preservation. My honest answer is that there are very few distinguishable differences. Preservation activities are never traditional – there is constant innovation in preservation techniques. Digital preservation is in many ways still developing its tools and techniques, but physical preservation is also evolving. […]

My Summer of Creating Video Tutorials for Personal Digital Archiving

This is a guest post by Ingrid Jernudd, a volunteer with NDIIPP. For the past week, I’ve been working on creating video tutorials for personal digital archiving and I must say – creating these videos is quite fun! With the various types of video editing software, I find the process to be relatively intuitive. I’m […]

My Junior Fellow Summer

The following is a guest post by Madeline Sheldon, former Junior Fellow with NDIIPP The Junior Fellows Summer Intern Program, at the Library of Congress, provides a unique opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to work on special projects and collections within the world-renowned institution. The Library selects students with various educational backgrounds and specializations, […]

A New Guide for Archiving Digital Video

The human rights organization, witness.org, — who gave a presentation at Digital Preservation 2013 — just published The Activists’ Guide to Archiving Video. Though this guide is intended for human rights activists, it covers all aspects of digital video archiving so thoroughly that it is of value to anyone and everyone, from individuals archiving their […]

August Library of Congress Digital Preservation Newsletter Now Available

The August 2013 Digital Preservation Newsletter is now available! In this issue: Overview of our annual meeting: Digital Preservation 2013 Announcing Release of National Agenda for Digital Stewardship You Say You Want a Resolution…which is best for photos? 3 Things Needed for Personal Digital Archiving Twisty Little Passages to a Career in Digital Preservation Two […]

What Is It That We Actually DO?

A ten year-old recently asked what I do for a living. The response mostly involved explaining that the Library of Congress has digital collections and that I lead a team of people that take care of digital things, including writing software. I have often been asked by family, friends and complete strangers to explain what […]

The Twisty Little Passages to a Career in Digital Preservation

I have had two conversation recently — one an intern and one with a friend outside our community — about my career path, and career paths in general around digital preservation. Paraphrasing, well, everyone (who may not know they are quoting the game Colossal Cave Adventure from 1976), it was a maze of twisty little […]

An Introspective Look at Nam June Paik, Time-based Media Art and Conservation Practices in Museums

The following is a guest post by Madeline Sheldon, Junior Fellow with NDIIPP During the last week of June, I had the pleasure of attending the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s symposium titled, Conserving and Exhibiting the Works of Nam June Paik, which featured museum professionals who discussed their previous experiences with the conservation and preservation […]

What People Are Asking About Personal Digital Archiving: Part 2

During Preservation Week 2013, I gave a personal digital archiving webinar in which over 600 people participated. Ninety one people submitted questions online and two-thirds of the questions centered on two topics: digital photos and storage. In part 1 of this blog post, I gave sample questions and answers about digital photos. Today I will give sample […]