Category Archives: Digital Preservation

The Sedona Conference Publishes Primer on Social Media

The Sedona Conference has published a public comment version of its latest paper, The Sedona Conference Primer on Social Media. The primer is described in its Preface as follows:

“It contains plenty of practical guidance for attorneys, judges, and parties. This is called a “Primer” because the goal is to provide primary instruction to the bar and bench in the basics of social media and the law, from definitions, to the use of social media in business, to the discovery of social media in litigation, to professional responsibilities lawyers have in relation to their own use of social media. This is a fast-developing and fast-changing area of technical, social, and legal development, and any consensus-based Commentary or set of Principles that claims to advance the law in this area may be doomed to obsolescence as soon as it is announced on Twitter. However, we hope that this Primer represents a positive first step in grounding the dialogue leading to consensus on moving the law forward in the reasoned and just way.”

You can download the paper here:

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Unified Digital Format Registry (UDFR)

The Unified Digital Format Registry (UDFR) has been released to the public. The UDFR is a reliable, publicly accessible, and sustainable knowledge base of file format representation information for use by the digital preservation community. The UDFR seeks to “unify” the function and holdings of two existing registries, PRONOM and GDFR (the Global Digital Format Registry), in an open source, semantically enabled, and community supported platform. The UDFR was developed by the University of California Curation Center (UC3) at the California Digital Library (CDL), funded by the Library of Congress as part of its National Digital Information Infrastructure Preservation Program (NDIIPP).

Check out the project’s website to read further details and to review the project’s Final Report.

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AIMS Born Digital White Paper Published

AIMS has just released its new white paper titled “AIMS Born-Digital Collections: An Inter-Institutional Model for Stewardship.” The AIMS Project is a partnership between the University of Virginia Libraries, Stanford University Libraries and Academic Resources, the University of Hull Library, and Yale University Library with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The project evolved around a common need among the project partners — and most libraries and archives— to identify a methodology or continuous framework for stewarding born-digital archival materials.

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Archipel Project

Between 2010 and 2011 the Belgian Archipel Project did research on digitization, digital preservation, the possibilities of creative commons licences for the cultural sector and the strategic possibilities and choices for the Flemish cultural sector. The project website contains links to videos they released on YouTube relating to digital preservation, as well as project reports relating to digital archiving.

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Technical Guidelines for Digitizing Cultural Heritage Materials

In 2010 the Federal Agencies Digitization Initiative (FADGI) – Still Image Working Group titled published “Technical Guidelines for Digitizing Cultural Heritage Materials: Creation of Raster Image Master Files.” As stated in the guidelines, “some of the primary objectives of these guidelines are to: provide an approach to digitization that is practical today, describe technical parameters that promote a “well-defined” imaging environment, provide a consistent approach to imaging and metadata collection that will be appropriate for a wide range of outputs and purposes, and define a common set of quality or performance metrics to be used in describing and evaluating the digital object, as well as methods of validating those measures to defined requirements.”

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Limits to the Scope of Digital Preservation

Mike Kastellec from the North Carolina State University Libraries just released a pre-print of a new article titled, “Practical Limits to the Scope of Digital Preservation.” As stated in his abstract, “technological limitations to digital preservation have been addressed but still exist, and that non-technical aspects— access, selection, law, and finances— move into the foreground as technological limitations recede. The author proposes a nested model of constraints to the scope of digital preservation and concludes that costs are digital preservation’s most pervasive limitation.”


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