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Cloud-Enabled Preservation of Life in the 20th Century White House

Stephanie Tuszynski is Director of the White House Historical Association Digital Library in Washington DC, USA The White House Historical Association was founded in 1961 to "enhance the understanding and appreciation" of the White House by offering educational resources to students, teachers, scholars, and the general public to help them learn about the building and its history. The WHHA Digital Library is a key piece of our outreach strategy, with more than 10,000 images and...

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New Humanist Archive — A Feat of Preservation

Tom Rodenby works for Exact Editions Every issue of the New Humanist and its predecessors dating back to 1885 is now available through the state-of-the-art digital edition developed in partnership with Exact Editions. We like to think that those historical issues have now moved into the ‘safe pile’. In their digital format, they will stride forth into the future to be read by new generations of readers and thinkers. 

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Against the clock: videotape digitisation and preservation now!

Stephen McConnachie is Head of Data and Digital Preservation and Charles Fairall is Clifford Shaw Head of Conservation, at the BFI  In the late 1950s magnetic videotape recording transformed the way television programmes were made, edited and broadcast. For a generation, the 2” Quadruplex format dominated the UK broadcast industry – the machinery was manufactured to military specifications and some 60 years on, it is still just possible to replay the...

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Music Treasures

Background Within the Netherlands there are several archives with sheetmusic. There is not a national organization which covers those archives. Due to financial problems in 2013, all these archives were closed for public and their collections were no longer available. The largest collection is at the Stichting Omroep Muziek ((SOM) Dutch Broadcast Music), which has about 650,000 titles, classical music as well as popular music, salon music and, the unique part, the music which was specifically...

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NULLA DIES SINE LINEA …DIGITAL: What is and what is not digital preservation? Or the need for a few mantras

Isabel Bordes Cabrera es Jefe de Área de Biblioteca Digital, Biblioteca Digital Hispánica a la Biblioteca Nacional de Españaña  / Isabel Bordes Cabrera is Head of Area at the Hispanic Digital Library at the National Library of Spain Con motivo del día mundial de la preservación digital hemos querido pararnos a pensar y explicar qué es la preservación digital, qué no es y de dónde surgió esta necesidad en las instituciones de la memoria. As it is World Digital...

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Digital Preservation and the Grand Gallery of IT Evolution

Eng Sengsavang is Reference Archivist for United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Paris, France Last autumn, I moved to Paris to take on the role of Reference Archivist at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). My morning commute begins on a network of streets named after some of France and Europe’s prominent 18th-century naturalists. Rue Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire takes me past the Jardin des Plantes, site...

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CIE TC8-15: Colour Imaging for Digital Preservation

Robert Buckley and Melitte Buchman are members of CIE TC8-15 – Archival Colour Imaging Technical Committee where Melitte is the Chair. CIE TC8-15 is the CIE Technical Committee on Archival Colour Imaging.  Overall the CIE is a technical, scientific and cultural non-profit organization in the field of light and lighting, encompassing fundamental subjects as vision, photometry and colorimetry. What does this have to do with the DPC and digital preservation? To the DPC, digital...

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Digital is an Illusion, but Film is a Reality?

Sanchai Chotirosseranee is Deputy Director of the Film Archive (Public Organization) in Thailand When it comes to the digital age, most people believed that there is no need to preserve original materials, once they are digitized. When we had a funding campaign for a film storage a decade ago, Dome Sukvong, the founder of the Thai Film Archive, used the motto inspired by a famous Thai saying that the “Digital is an Illusion, but Film is a Reality” to champion an awareness about the...

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Making Australia’s biodiversity literature openly accessible and discoverable online

Nicole Kearney is Manager of Biodiversity Heritage Library Australia at Museums Victoria   The Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) is the world’s largest online repository of biodiversity literature and archival materials. I manage the Australian component of this global project and, to celebrate world digital preservation day, I’ve been asked to share what we do to make Australia’s biodiversity literature openly accessible and discoverable online.

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Archiving Scotland's Digital Historic Environment

I’ve been invited to share some initial thoughts and observations as the new Digital Archivist at Historic Environment Scotland (HES), a role I started in mid-August. HES was formed in 2014 following the merger of two parent bodies Historic Scotland and the Royal Commission for the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS). It is the lead public body set up to investigate, care for and promote Scotland’s historic environment. 

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Digital preservation at the UNMICT: the year in retrospect...

The United Nations International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (Mechanism) was established in December 2010 by the United Nations Security Council as the successor of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) and the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY). It began operations in Arusha in 2012 and in The Hague in 2013. According to its Statute, the Mechanism is mandated to, among other things, preserve and provide access to the archives of the...

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What exactly did I get up to last year?

Another year flies by very quickly. Happy 2018! Always a useful time to sit back and think about what was achieved last year. So I started off the year with an ambitious list of things that I wanted to achieve (note to self - *never* do that again!) As usual I had a mixture of successes and setbacks. All of this helps contribute to both my own understanding about how to work effectively in digital preservation and hopefully the shared understanding of the wider community. Though I...

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Digital Preservation of Indian Cultural Heritage: Issues and Challenges

{jcomments on} Dr. Ramesh C Gaur works at the Jawaharlal Nehru University At the outset, let me congratulate all on initiating 30th November as the International Digital Preservation Day (IDPD17). My introduction to digital preservation started in 2005 when I visited Germany with the support of Max Mueller Bhawan. My three-week stay, one week each at Belfield University, Belfield; German National Library Frankfurt; and State Gottingen University Library, Gottingen; provided me...

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The Threat of the Double Extinction

Cees Hof is Project Acquisition Manager at Data Archiving and Networked Services(DANS) in the Netherlands  A first glimpse at the DPC ‘Save the Bits’ announcement on the compilation of a list of Digitally Endangered Species confused me when it passed my screen. Further scanning the text only increased this feeling as I encountered more ‘species’ related references, but it soon turned out I was misled by my own biologically biased search image. It was especially the ‘IUCN Red List of...

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As realities erode: 3d4ever?

My eroding realities Alternative facts are the cliché du jour but let me pitch a problem that is categorically larger: alternative realities. Not just alternative, but alternative and obsolete realities. I spoke about this at a DPC briefing day at the end of 2016 – which already seems a life time ago. It was a surprisingly hard programme to assemble because there is precious little evidence that those involved in producing 3d data sets for the cultural heritage sector have any capacity – and...

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Current Trends and Future Directions for Digital Imaging in Libraries and Archives

Introduction Issues of validation, compression and preservation become more important in image management as collections grow in size and complexity. On one hand compression is seen as a necessary requirement to deal with the scale of the collection on order to make preservation a practical reality, but preservation advice generally discourages compression which is seen as a preservation risk. Validation is essential for quality assurance in the development of large collections and is a...

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JISC Digitisation Programme: Preservation Study

A DPC led consortium of the ULCC and Portico, undertook a study on behalf of JISC to review the preservation of the JISC Phase 2 digitisation programme. The successful proposal is available here. DPC successful proposal (PDF 362KB)A project blog is available at http://digipressurvey.jiscinvolve.org/ Case Studies Freeze frame [PDF 642KB] Archival Sound Recordings [PDF 699KB] Cabinet Papers Wels Jourmals

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