Category: file formats

Snow Byte, the Video!

Many of our readers may remember a unique blog post written by our former intern, Tess Webre.  Tess took a very creative, educational approach to the subject of digital preservation and created Snow Byte and the Seven Formats, A Digital Preservation Fairy Tale. This post turned out to be so popular (see the many comments), […]

Digital Preservation Pioneer: Sam Brylawski

When Sam Brylawski was a teenager he had to write a paper for his high school American history class about Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue,” so he did something that was ambitious for a high school student: he traveled to the Library of Congress to examine the composition’s original manuscript in the Gershwin collection. Brylawski found […]

♫ 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 […]

Xporting Digital Format Sustainability Descriptions as XML

The following is a guest post by Carl Fleischhauer, a Digital Initiatives Project Manager in NDIIPP. In 2003, we began drafting descriptions of digital formats, intended to support the Library’s preservation planning. Knowing that our descriptions would be of general interest, and wishing to work cooperatively with emerging format registries (e.g., the Unified Digital Format […]

Format Migration: More Launching Points for Applied Research

In June I did a post highlighting segments of the digital stewardship universe that could use applied research attention. I looked at the “what” of email archiving here and the “how” of email archiving here and now I turn my attention to format migration. The need to migrate file formats arises out of concerns about […]

Working With Digital File Formats: A Dream Job

This is a guest post by Kate Murray, Audio-Visual Specialist with the Office of Strategic Initiatives. I suppose I’ve always loved puzzles. There are the standard jigsaw and board game varieties – who doesn’t love a good game of Carcassonne?  – but I see puzzles in many different environments. I see them in patterns for knitting […]