OCLC - Hanging Together by Chela Scott Weber | Making informed and accurate projections of skills, time and materials needed for projects is key to responsibly managing the resources and collections entrusted to us. In the realm of archives and special collections, there are good models out there for time estimation and planning for processing paper-based archival collections and cataloging books, but there aren’t clear models yet for born-digital collections.
Introduction - Paul Wilson | The PAWDOC collection was initiated in 1981 to support research into new office systems at the National Computing Centre in Manchester. The author continued to use the collection to manage all his documents throughout his subsequent IT career. The collection’s index contains six fields (Ref No, Title, Movement Status, Publication Date, Date Last Accessed, and Creation Date). Each of the 17,000 Index entries related to one or more of some 29,000 electronic files of a wide variety of file types stored in a Document Management System.
Sorry but I have been having server issues, something seems to have corrupted the site while the web hosting company were changing servers in their recent maintenance work.
But now back! and hopefully new posts coming soon too! :-)
Clyde and friends
When the Library of Congress first issued the Recommended Formats Statement, one aim was to provide our staff with guidance on the technical characteristics of formats, which they could consult in the process of recommending and acquiring content. But we were also aware that preservation and long-term access to digital content is an interest shared by a wide variety of stakeholders and not simply a parochial concern of the Library. Nor did we have any mistaken impression that we would get all the right answers on our own or that the characteristics would not change over time.
The British Library’s Digital Preservation Team is sometimes asked to help resolve the preservation planning challenges of Library colleagues and other organisations. This post describes a recent request for assistance, the steps taken to learn more, the conclusions reached, and where this leads us next.
The TIFF format and lossless compression
This report presents the findings of a study conducted by Bertram Lyons and Kara Van Malssen of AVPreserve, on behalf of the Library of Congress, to evaluate the existing state of technical, structural, and preservation metadata for audiovisual resources in the bibliographic environment in light of existing standards for audiovisual metadata, and to make recommendations about how BIBFRAME can support the expression of such information.
Software emulation is an important tool for preservation of digital artworks because it allows researchers to experience complex digital materials in their native creation environments, and can thereby enable full access to “software dependent content,” the term offered by Euan Cochrane, Digital Preservation Manager at Yale University, for content that is integral to the overall meaning of a work, but which “requires a particular and limited range of software environments in order to be interacted with, rendered, viewed or consumed.”
In today's post, I'd like to talk a little about PREMIS (the data dictionary, not the working group--although I'm sure they're all great people, like Evelyn!). We've been using something akin to PREMIS Lite as part of our digital archiving workflow for a while now. As part of our work on the ArchivesSpace-Archivematica-DSpace Workflow Integration project, however, and in thinking about our eventual move to Hydra, we're gearing up to implement something more like PREMIS Proper, especially for PREMIS Rights.