Preservation (Digital)

Reaching Out and Moving Forward: Revising the Library of Congress’ Recommended Format Specifications | The Signal

Nine months ago, the Library of Congress released its Recommended Format Specifications. This was the result of years of work by experts from across the institution, bringing their own specialized knowledge in the needs and expectations of our patrons, developments in publishing and production and the technical aspects of creation, presentation and distribution. The Library of Congress invested so much effort in this because it is essential to the mission of the institution.

Indiana University Announces Release of MediaSCORE and MediaRIVERS (Open Source Software)

Indiana University announces the release of free, open source media preservation prioritization software created in collaboration with AVPreserve.
MediaSCORE (Media Selection: Condition, Obsolescence, and Risk Evaluation) enables a detailed analysis of degradation and obsolescence risk factors for most analog and physical digital audio and video formats.
MediaRIVERS (Media Research and Instructional Value Evaluation and Ranking System) guides a structured assessment of research and instructional value for media holdings.

Personal Digital Archiving Conference 2015

Many of us now document our lives digitally. As these collections grow, so do the challenges involved in their management, preservation and use. Creators must actively manage their files, and collecting institutions must adapt their processes to accommodate personal digital materials.

This conference focuses on many topics relevant to personal digital archiving. It will provide information useful for libraries, archives and museums, as well as individuals, community groups, activist groups and others interested in personal digital collections.

Joint Declaration of Data Citation Principles | The Data Citation Synthesis Working Group

The Data Citation Principles cover purpose, function and attributes of citations. These principles recognize the dual necessity of creating citation practices that are both human understandable and machine-actionable.

Networked Information's Risky Future: The Promises and Challenges of Digital Preservation |

Amy Kirchhoff is Archive Service Product Manager for Portico. Sheila Morrissey is Senior Researcher at Ithaka S+R. Kate Wittenberg is Managing Director of Portico.

There need not be a digital dark age -- how to save our data for the future | The Conversation

“The internet is forever.” So goes a saying regarding the impossibility of removing material – such as stolen photographs – permanently from the web. Yet paradoxically the vast and growing digital sphere faces enormous losses. Google has been criticised for failing to ensure access to its archive of Usenet newsgroup postings that stretch back to the early 1980s. And now internet pioneer Vint Cerf has warned of a “digital dark age” that would result if decades of data – emails, photographs, website postings – becoming lost or un-readable.

From Theory to Action: Good Enough Digital Preservation for Under-Resourced Cultural Heritage Institutions | Huskie Commons

Libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural heritage organizations collect, create, and steward a rapidly increasing volume of digital content. Both research conclusions and professionals’ real-life experiences expose the inherent fragility of this content. The cultural heritage and information science communities have developed guidelines, best practices, policies, procedures, and processes that can enable an organization to achieve high levels of digital preservation.