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Web archiving for all! Web archiving with Webrecorder

Guest blogger Anna Perricci at Rhizome introduces us to the Webrecorder In her recent post, Sara Day Thomson described how digital preservation can be a conversation stopper at parties and at passport control. I empathize though for me the puzzlement she describes is a real paradox: as our lives turn increasingly online so it seems obvious that some evidence of our collective neuroses, passions and creativities should be preserved.  Perhaps the web’s most astonishing feature is the...

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The Data Vanishes

It’s time to come clean: I no longer know what data is. I am looking pretty hard but I just can’t see it any more. It’s a troubling realisation for someone who has spent twenty years or so trying to preserve the stuff. But the most unsettling part is this: I don’t think it’s me who is lost. Don’t get me wrong, this is not some delayed attack of post-modern angst. I am just trying to get to the end of the day. Is it possible that, just as it was reaching a crescendo of profile, polemic and...

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Art Conservation Meet Software Engineering: Converging Practices in the Preservation of Software-based Art

At a conference earlier this year, the topic of preserving artworks involving digital media had been a recurring topic of discussion during and after talks. One artist, who works extensively with software as a medium, was clearly a little baffled by this preoccupation. Having a background in software engineering, they were quick to point out that this domain has been dealing with these kinds of problem for decades! An interesting provocation - but how much truth is there to it? Can software...

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Back to the Cave: Communicating the Importance of Web Archiving to Everybody Who Doesn’t Already Care about Web Archiving

      It’s entirely wrong, and it’s the road back to the cave. The way we got out of the caves and into modern civilisation is through the process of understanding and thinking. Those things were not done by gut instinct. -Professor Brian Cox   Chapter 1: Fluent in Eyebrow In keeping with the last few blog posts by William Kilbride and Sarah Higgins, I am going to share my version of the proverbial experience of explaining information profession jobs to outsiders....

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Email Preservation: How Hard Can it Be?

Introduction Email, the quintessential record of our age, is surprisingly hard to preserve.  This relatively straightforward task is an encounter with all the open challenges and operational difficulties of practical digital preservation.  Email messages go through so many processes from creation to delivery, and with so many variations of attachment, that they can be technically hard to capture; they contain any amount of personal and sensitive data wrapping them in legal and...

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Preserve to Innovate: De-brief on Web Archiving Week 2017 in London

  From the 12th to the 16th June, the member institutions of IIPC and researchers from a surprising array of backgrounds gathered at the Senate House in London for Web Archiving Week – an amalgamation of the Archives Unleashed hackathon, the annual IIPC conference, and the ReSAW Conference. The week’s activities conveyed a healthy and vibrant picture of current capture and curation practices as well as the use of archived web content for research.

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Chicken and the Egg: Applying Digital Preservation Approaches to Social Media at DPASSH 2017

 On the 14th June, DPASSH commences its second conference addressing the issues of digital preservation and the Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities. I look forward to taking part and giving a paper on the application of some hard-earned best practice in digital preservation to social media research and heritage collections.

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JP2 and colour profile limitations: a positive conclusion and findings

At the National Library of Scotland we were finding that some colour profiles in tif files were causing errors when we tried to convert them to JP2. So a couple of weeks ago I posted a question to the DPC-Discussion list asking members for their advice on JP2 files and colour profile support.  In the end we had some great help from Johan van der Knijff, from the Koninklijke Bibliotheek (KB) in the Netherlands, who has given me permission to use a distillation of our email exchange...

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DPC Webinar - 'Using Big Data Techniques For Searching Digital Archives' with Janet Delve and Sven Schlarb

Members please login to watch webinar recording The webinar provides a short overview of the E-ARK project, a quick round up of key Big Data terms, followed by an exploration of the Big Data techniques and architecture (Hadoop, Solr etc.) used by the project: including faceted searches and Named Entity Recognition.

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A Proud Agent of Change: What I Learned at the Information and Records Management Society (IRMS) Conference 2017

In case you missed the excitement on Twitter, the Information and Records Management Society (IRMS) held their annual conference this week in Glasgow (very thoughtful of them to bring this powerhouse international conference right to DPC’s doorstep)!

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Instaforever: a digital preservation perspective on social media

At first glance, the terms ‘social media’ and ‘long-term preservation’ do not seem to belong in the same sentence. The two terms are perhaps even incompatible, mutually exclusive, and contradictory.

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Quantitative File Formats for Preservation

Last month I emailed William Kilbride at DPC with a query about file formats for quantitative data for long term preservation and, as a result of that email and the ensuing conversation, I appear to have agreed to write a blog post about the topic. Here is that blog post.

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Web Archiving Week: 12th - 16th June 2017

Web Archiving Week events will be held at Senate House & the British Library, London between 12th - 16th June 2017 The excitement of instant information from the internet for archivists and historians has been tempered by concerns about the shelf life of data — the so-called ‘black hole’ of lost material — and the rise of a new generation of ‘born digital’ government archives. For five days (12th–16th June), academics, researchers, archivists, curators and IT developers from across the...

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Call for Participation: Archives Unleashed 4.0 - Web Archive Datathon

http://archivesunleashed.com The British Library, June 11 – 13, 2017    Travel grants will be available for US-based graduate students. Applications for all attendees are due 17th April 2017 Call for Participation from the organisers of Archives Unleashed 4.0 - Web Archive Datathon This event is the fourth workshop in the Archives Unleashed series. Each event is a standalone datathon aimed at building the Web Archiving community and providing a forum for...

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OA > data > code : a conversation

{jcomments on} This blog post is derived from a series of emails between Jez Cope, Research Data Manager at the University of Sheffield, and Martin Donnelly of the Digital Curation Centre (DCC), University of Edinburgh, in early January 2017. MD – From Open Access (OA) publications to research data management (RDM), over the past decade or so scholars and researchers – as well as the people who support them, such as librarians and IT professionals – have had to get used to constantly...

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As realities erode: 3d4ever?

My eroding realities Alternative facts are the cliché du jour but let me pitch a problem that is categorically larger: alternative realities. Not just alternative, but alternative and obsolete realities. I spoke about this at a DPC briefing day at the end of 2016 – which already seems a life time ago. It was a surprisingly hard programme to assemble because there is precious little evidence that those involved in producing 3d data sets for the cultural heritage sector have any capacity – and...

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'Personal Digital Preservation: Photographs and Video' by Richard Wright

{jcomments on} ‘The Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) Technology Watch Report Personal Digital Archiving provides an overall approach and methodology for putting one's “digital house” in order. My purpose in this case note is to add the gory detail about digital photos and video, giving a one-person case study. I say exactly what software and processes I use (and which ones I've considered but rejected, or used and discarded), and try to be frank about successes and...

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Highlights from the E-ARK Conference

{jcomments on} Over the last three years, the partners of the E-ARK Project have worked together to develop and test specifications and tools for the creation and management of information packages for preservation. Around this work they have also been busily undertaking complementary research and resource creation, resulting in a wide variety of new and improved practical solutions for those undertaking digital preservation activities. On a crisp, cold day at the beginning of December...

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A breakthrough year for web archiving in 2016?

{jcomments on} Anyone who works with web archives quickly becomes used to the fact that most people have not even heard of them – even fewer understand what they are and where you might be able to access them. In 2016, however, it seemed as though web archives began to filter into the public consciousness, to move from the technology pages of the more serious newspapers to the political and even cultural sections. In May 2016, for example, the BBC announced plans to close its Food website,...

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3D4ever: building three dimensional models to last

A joint Digital Preservation Coalition and Wellcome Library Conference 3D scanning and printing have been the next big things for a long time. The value and utility of 3D scanning is going up as the cost and barriers to production are dropping.This conference will encourage cultural heritage professionals to understand and undertake 3D scanning and its challenges. Opportunities for creation, use, and re-use of 3D data will be explored and case studies of good practice presented. The day will...

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