Category: Partners and Collaboration

The NDSA at 3: Taking Stock and Looking Ahead

The end of the year is a great time to take stock. I’m currently in the “have I done irrevocable damage to my body during the holiday snacking season” phase of stock-taking. Luckily, the National Digital Stewardship Alliance isn’t concerned with whether anyone’s going to eat that last cookie and has a higher purpose than […]

11 Great Digital Preservation Photos for 2013

Curiously, most of us in the digital memory business are hesitant to visually document our own work. Possibly this has to do with the perceived nature of the enterprise, which involves tasks that may seem routine.  But pictures tell an important story, and I set about finding a few that depicted some of the digital preservation […]

Do You Have Digital Preservation Tools? COPTR Needs You!

A few weeks ago, as part of the Aligning National Approaches to Digital Preservation conference, an announcement was made of the beta launch of a new resource to catalog and describe digital preservation tools:  Community Owned digital Preservation Tool Registry. The idea behind this registry is to try and consolidate all of the digital preservation tool […]

Just Released: Staffing for Effective Digital Preservation: An NDSA Report

The following is a guest post by report co-authors and NDSA Standards and Practices Working Group members: Winston Atkins, Duke University Libraries Andrea Goethals, Harvard Library Carol Kussmann, Minnesota State Archives Meg Phillips, National Archives and Records Administration Mary Vardigan, Inter‐university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) The results of the 2012 National Digital […]

Digital Preservation Pioneer: Gary Marchionini

In 1971, Gary Marchionini had an epiphany about educational technology when he found himself competing with teletype machines for his students’ attention. Marchionini was teaching mathematics at a suburban Detroit junior high school the year that the school acquired four new teletype machines. The machines were networked to a computer, so a user could type […]

Personal Digital Archiving 2014: Building Stronger Personal Digital Archiving Communities

There is a growing community of individuals who are interested in the preservation of personal digital information.  Those individuals may include professionals working in libraries and archives who are receiving personal collections, scholars working with their own research materials and data, commercial companies working on consumer products to help people organize and save their digital […]

Residency Program: From the Classroom to the Workplace

The following is a guest post by Lyssette Vazquez-Rodriguez, Program Support Assistant & Valeria Pina, Communication Assistant, both with the Office of Strategic Initiatives at the Library of Congress Residents in the inaugural class of the National Digital Stewardship Residency program have been busy at their host institutions since mid-September. The residents agree that during […]

The National Digital Newspaper Program Accepting Proposals: Apply Now!

The following is a guest post by Leah Weinryb-Grohsgal, program officer in the Division of Preservation and Access at the National Endowment for the Humanities. The National Endowment for the Humanities is now accepting proposals for the National Digital Newspaper Program.  The National Digital Newspaper Program is a partnership between NEH and the Library of Congress […]

One Format Does Not Fit All: FADGI Audio-Visual Working Group’s Diverse Approaches to Format Guidance

This is the first in a two-part update on the recent activities of the Federal Agencies Digitization Guidelines Initiative. This article describes the work of the Audio-Visual Working Group. The second article, to be published on November 4th 2013, describes the work of the Still Image Working Group. I wish I had a quick and […]

Planning for Preservation Storage

Every year the Library of Congress hosts a meeting on Designing Storage Architectures for Digital Collections, aka the Preservation Storage Meeting.  The 2013 meeting was held September 23-24, and featured an impressive array of presentations and discussions. The theme this year was standards. The term applies not just to media or to hardware, but to […]