Category: repositories

A Millennium of Persian Literary Tradition Digitized

This is guest post by Hirad Dinavari, reference specialist for the Iranian World Collections, African and Middle Eastern Division of the Library of Congress. The Library is currently in the process of producing a curator-guided online tour of the Persian book exhibit. A “curator guided tour” video of the Persian book exhibit is expected to […]

A Millennium of Persian Literary Tradition Digitized

This is guest post by Hirad Dinavari, reference specialist for the Iranian World Collections, African and Middle Eastern Division of the Library of Congress. The Library is currently in the process of producing a curator-guided online tour of the Persian book exhibit. A “curator guided tour” video of the Persian book exhibit is expected to […]

The Veterans History Project Marks 15 Years of Service

“The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive the Veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by their nation.” — George Washington The Veterans History Project honors the lives and service of all American veterans –not […]

Cultural Institutions Embrace Crowdsourcing

Many cultural institutions have accelerated the development of their digital collections and data sets by allowing citizen volunteers to help with the millions of crucial tasks that archivists, scientists, librarians, and curators face. One of the ways institutions are addressing these challenges is through crowdsourcing. In this post, I’ll look at a few sample crowdsourcing projects […]

Archiving the Personal Digital Documents of Congress

By early December 2014, a Congressional election year, newly elected Members of Congress were preparing for public service as outgoing Members were ending their public service and attending exit briefings. At an event sponsored by the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress, the December 3rd “Life After Congress” seminar, Robin Reeder, Archivist of the […]

Tracking Digital Collections at the Library of Congress, from Donor to Repository

When Kathleen O’Neill talks about digital collections, she slips effortlessly into the info-tech language that software engineers, librarians, archivists and other information technology professionals use to communicate with each other.  O’Neill, a senior archives specialist in the Library of Congress’s Manuscript Division, speaks with authority about topics such as file signatures, hex editors and checksums even […]

A Very Special Episode about Digital Preservation

In getting ready to make a transition from digital preservation and repository development at the Library of Congress to digital preservation at the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), I was asked if I would write a post about what I’ve been doing and what I will be doing at NARA. Don’t mind if […]

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 […]

Two New Exciting Research Data Infrastructure Projects: Or From Soup to Nuts and Back (Maybe)

We hear a constant stream of news about how crunching massive data collections will change everything from soup to nuts. Here on The Signal, it’s fair to say that scientific research data is close to the heart of our hopes, dreams and fears when it comes to big data: we’ve written over two-dozen posts touching on […]