The story of JHOVE2 is a rather sad one, but I need to include it in this series. As the name suggests, it was supposed to be the next generation of JHOVE. Stephen Abrams, the creator of JHOVE (I only implemented the code), was still at Harvard, and so was I. I would have enjoyed working on it, getting things right that the first version got wrong. However, Stephen accepted a position with the California Digital Library (CDL), and that put an end to Harvard’s participation in the project. I thought about applying for a position in California but decided I didn’t want to move west.
Physical works published in Australia must, by law, have a copy deposited with the National Library. This ensures that there is a comprehensive record of Australia’s cultural heritage, preserved for the people of Australia. However since the Act was written in 1968, the format of materials has moved from purely physical form. Books are now published as e-prints, magazines are delivered directly into inboxes and newspaper articles come with embedded autoplay videos. Unfortunately, the legal deposit legislation had not kept pace with this change.
This poster presents the Excel Archival Tool, a script that was created to programmatically convert Microsoft Excel files into open source formats suitable for long-term archival. This is accomplished by using Visual Basic Script to convert Excel workbooks (.xls and .xlsx) into comma-separated value files (.csv), while also extracting charts/figures (in .png images), cell formulas (in .txt files), and formatting/styling information (in HTML snapshots). This tool is most useful for large Excel data sets that would otherwise require large amounts of tedious work to convert manually.
Worldwide, many governments are mandating a 'cloud first' policy for information technology infrastructures. In 2013, the National Library of New Zealand's National Digital Heritage Archive (NDHA) outsourced storage of its digital collections. A case study of the decision to outsource and its consequences was conducted, involving interviews of the representatives of three key stakeholders: IT, the NDHA, and the vendor. Clear benefits were identified by interviewees, together with two main challenges. The challenges related to occupational culture tensions, and a shift in funding models.
FADGI’s report on selected born digital video projects in a range of federal agencies includes the use of various Apple ProRes 422 codecs.
Shannon Mattern discusses the aesthetics of preservation at the annual Digital Preservation meeting.
Papers and Presentations
Open Source and Free Tools for AV Digital Preservation Workflows
So, I’ve done my writing up of my notes from the ANADP II conference over on the Digital POWRR project blog.
I wanted to share some of my thoughts about themes and notions that I, personally, took away from the conference, particularly as a participant representing a project about smaller or less-well-resourced libraries, among a conference full of people working on projects at national or international scale.
In no particular order:
In the digital realm, metadata is not just the key to discovery and retrieval as it is with analog materials, but it is also a critical component to collection management and all aspects of preservation. This is especially true with the technical and administrative metadata embedded in files which tell us the exact specs of the file and can give a clue to provenance and other information that establishes the authenticity and quality of the file.
Dene (pronounced “Deenie”) Grigar’s mother was an artist who painted mainly with oils on canvas. But occasionally she painted on a different medium, such as wood or pottery. Once she experimented with painting on bamboo, a medium she was unfamiliar with.