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Web Archiving & Preservation Working Group: Social Media & Complex Content

BOOK NOW Description This special installment of the Web Archiving & Preservation Working Group (WAPWG) will provide an opportunity for delegates to hear from experts on the capture and preservation of social media and complex web content. Guest speakers will address overarching trends in archiving this content, such as approaches and tools. Other guest speakers will present case studies that demonstrate the value of this content and how it can be captured and preserved in a way that is...

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Finding the balance: Multidisciplinary teams in digital preservation

Sarah Mason is Systems Archivist for Artefactual Systems Inc. and is based in the UK World Digital Preservation Day is a great chance for the digital preservation community to celebrate achievements, to reach out to those outside and bring them into the community; it is also a chance to discuss what challenges we face and what opportunities are out there to help us move forward. So in the face of challenges that involve funding, staffing, and managerial or IT buy-in, how do we...

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It Takes a Village… to Manage Digital Assets

Helen Hockx-Yu is Enterprise Data Architect at the University of Notre Dame in the USA The University of Notre Dame (UND) is a private research university located in the United States. I joined UND in 2016 as a programme manager for digital asset management. Since 2009, various initiatives have taken place to address the challenge but they have largely been specific in their scope and not broadly adopted across the University as a whole. I was expected to build on the previous work, to...

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Preserving Research Data: Finding Our Legs at Scholars Portal

Grant Hurley is Digital Preservation Librarian, Scholars Portal and Meghan Goodchild is Research Data Management Systems Librarian, Scholars Portal/Queen’s University Library. They are based in Ontario, Canada As a service provider, Scholars Portal is building a suite of services and infrastructure to support the research data management and preservation in Canada. But a key gap is the ability of our member institutions to make use of these services when there is a lack...

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Community Standards for 3D Data Preservation

Jennifer Moore (Washington University in St. Louis), Adam Rountrey (University of Michigan Museum of Paleontology) and Hannah Scates Kettler (Iowa State University) are Primary Investigators for CS3DP (Community Standards for 3D Data Preservation)   Rapid adoption of new technologies can sometimes result in the creation of vast quantities of poorly documented, at-risk data.  While the immediate advantages of a breakthrough technology such as low-cost 3D scanning or...

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Stewardship with a network logic

Brian Lavoie is Research Scientist for OCLC in the USA An important class of at-risk digital materials is the myriad forms of output generated over the research lifecycle – think of data sets, computer code, online discussions, e-lab notebooks, and so on. Growing recognition of the value of these materials to the scholarly record has led to many efforts to collect and preserve them over the long term. But mitigating risks associated with preserving digital research outputs...

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What if online services had a time dimension?

Euan Cochrane is Digital Preservation Manager at Yale University Library Online web services are used by billions of people every day. They impact our lives and society in a myriad of ways. The way they present data to us and the ways they manipulate and transform the data we store in them have the potential to change behaviour and our understanding of the world. And this is all being done at a scale unimaginable in previous history.  These services have changed greatly over...

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Preserving and Integrating Community Knowledge of Computing Systems

Ethan Gates is Software Preservation Analyst, Digital Preservation Services at Yale University Library in the USA The efforts of the EaaSI (Emulation-as-a-Service Infrastructure) project and the Software Preservation Network to preserve the software and computing environments around digital objects have revealed that a parallel effort needs to be made to preserve the expertise and knowledge necessary to use and interact with such environments. Scanning software manuals and printed...

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Email at Risk: Challenges and Opportunities in Preserving Email

Sally DeBauche is Digital Archivist at Stanford University Libraries in the USA Email offers singular insight into and evidence of a person or organization’s self-expression, as well as records of collaboration, professional, social, and familial networks, and all manner of transactions. Email is an essential component of the archival record -- the modern equivalent of the type or hand-written correspondence of past centuries. However, email is also a complex format that...

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Exploring 3D File Formats on the Sustainability of Digital Formats

Kate Murray is Digital Projects Coordinator, Leader of Sustainability of Digital Formats and FADGI Audiovisual Working Group at the Library of Congress in the USA 3D content, both digitized and born-digital, continues to be an area of focus across the Library of Congress. Last year on the #WDPD blog, we focused on a recap of the Born to Be 3D: Digital Stewardship of Intrinsic 3D Data (#B2B3D) small group forum to discuss stewardship of born digital 3D data. This year on the...

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Digital Preservation and Games

Nance McGovern is Director of Digital Preservation at MIT Libraries, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the USA This year for World Digital Preservation Day I decided to focus on the place of games in digital preservation. The digital preservation community benefits from having digital preservation games to help build understanding and awareness about good practice for digital preservation games also represent an example of complex digital content that may need to be...

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La Red Iberoamericana de Preservación Digital de Archivos Sonoros y Audiovisuales (RIPDASA) frente al riesgo de pérdida de los archivos sonoros y audiovisuales

Perla Olivia Rodríguez Reséndiz es Coordinadora de Red Iberoamericana de Preservación Digital de Archivos Sonoros y Audiovisuales (RIPDASA) e investigadora de la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). [English version follows] En el Día Mundial de la Preservación Digital es necesario recordar  que subiste el riesgo de pérdida, tanto de las grabaciones sonoras y audiovisuales registradas en soportes analógicos como de las que fueron creadas de origen digital. Este es un...

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Extracting Information from 5.25” Floppy Disks – Historic Environment Scotland

Frederick Alexander is Digital Archivist at Historic Environment Scotland The digital archive at Historic Environment Scotland comprises of 42 terabytes of digital materials. This archive, alongside its physical counterpart, contains information relating to the historic environment of Scotland. Scotland’s historic environment is the physical evidence of past human activity, from a prehistoric fort, to a Victorian garden, to a drawing of a cityscape. In this blog post I want to give an...

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Planning ahead for DVD-Video migration research

Kieran O’Leary is Data and Digital Systems Manager at the Irish Film Institute in Dublin In a moving image archive, there are many objects that can be classified as ‘at-risk’, so it’s hard to pick just one. The one that’s on my mind the most at the moment is optical media, mostly because of an upcoming project involving lots of optical media, specifically DVD-Video. This project is similar to the Loopline Project that resulted in us winning The National Archives Award for...

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How to sell an archive

Alistair Goodall is Head of IT for Crossrail Ltd in the UK Last year we were the proud winners of a Digital Preservation Award for our Crossrail archive and I was lucky enough to experience the passion and enthusiasm for digital preservation at the awards ceremony. Since then we have successfully closed down some of the applications associated with the early stages of our 10 year project (such as land acquisition and property access requests) and these are now available through our...

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Email Monkey Magic

Matthew Addis is Co-Founder and CTO of Arkivum based in the UK. Email Monkey Magic Email preservation is one of those areas that covers almost every digital preservation issue in the book.  This blog post describes my journey into the world of email preservation - what I learnt, what I did, and what we've now built into Arkivum's Perpetua solution.  To be honest, it did at times it feel more like the trials of Monkey in Journey to the West but I got to do some cool email...

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What can our memory institutions teach us about fake news?

Dr David Tarrant is the senior learning advisor at the Open Data Institute (ODI).  I would first like to thank the work of the BBC for the research behind this article that was broadcast in “Ian Hislop’s Fake News: A True History”. I have added to the story with details not included in the programme and checked these using a combination of sources.  So what can our memory institutions teach us about fake news?

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DPC Technology Watch Report 'Preserving Email (2nd Ed)' by Christopher J Prom Now Openly Available

In celebration of World Digital Preservation Day 2019, it is our pleasure to announce the updated DPC Technology Watch Report ‘Preserving Email (2nd Edition)’ by Christopher J Prom is now open to the public. Following on from the popular 2011 report and the successful Task Force on Technical Approaches for Email Archives, this report reviews the current state of email preservation and offers recommendations for information professionals (such as organizational leaders, records managers, IT...

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Digitally Designed: Digital Preservation of Architectural records

Adrian Steel is Director of Collections and Programmes at the Royal Institute for British Architects in the UK Architects have used digital technology to aid design for several decades. The RIBA Collections – which comprise over 4 million items altogether – include the records of Colin St John Wilson and Partners, the architectural practice responsible for the British Library. The British Library was one of the earliest projects to benefit from computer-aided design, and among the...

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It’s just not always a clear cut: Digital, analog and everything in between.

Brecht Declercq is Digitisation and Acquisition Manager for VIAA in Belgium At first glance, there is a strict distinction between carriers of analogue and digital audiovisual information. But in practice, this distinction is not always clear. There are even carriers of audiovisual information that can hardly be catalogued under one of those two names. The word ‘digitisation’ is therefore not always used correctly. Moreover, there is an important difference between digital information,...

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