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Getting a Head(er) with Twitter | The Daring Librarian

Getting a Head(er) with Twitter | The Daring Librarian | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Gwyneth Jones is a member of the ISTE Board of Directors, was named an Innovator and one of Library Journal's Movers & Shakers 2011, and is the author of the award winning Daring Librarian blog."

 

"Have you experimented and played with the new Twitter look yet? It was rolled out last month and it allows a greater (and fun!) branding customization. Much like the Google+ and the Facebook header, this allows you to upload a background with your profile pic and description overlaid."

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British Library tracks rise and fall of file formats, by Simon Sharwood

British Library tracks rise and fall of file formats, by Simon Sharwood | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
RT @dhgermany: British Library tracks rise and fall of file formats http://t.co/mKz4Qhyk via @regvulture...

 

By Simon Sharwood, APAC Editor 


"File formats and the software capable of reading them are living longer than previously thought, according to a British Library and UK Web Archive study.

Formats over Time: Exploring UK Web History (PDF, slides as PDF) considers 2.5 billion files author Andrew N Jackson retrieved with the help of the Internet Archive and the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC). All the files come from “the UK web domain” and come from the period between 1996 and 2010."

 

"Our initial analysis supports Rosenthal's position; that most formats last much longer than five years, that network effects to appear to stabilise formats, and that new formats appear at a modest, manageable rate.

But he also warns that “a number of formats and versions that are fading from use, and these should be studied closely in order to understand the process of obsolescence.” ®"

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A Peek into an Electronic Records Archivist's Toolbox | Smithsonian ...

A Peek into an Electronic Records Archivist's Toolbox | Smithsonian ... | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Open source tools, CERP, JHOVE, DROID, Heritrix, for electronic records archivists to use in preserving digital files like WAV, PST, websites, and email.

 

When it comes to electronic records there is no magic button that makes them readable or usable on a computer. Electronic records archivists rely on all types of hardware, software, and operating systems. Many pieces of software, which function as an archivist’s toolbox, can help files remain available or become usable again. Here is a small list of some open-source and/or freely available software we use at the Smithsonian Institution Archives. Keep in mind that tools are not perfect and should be used with caution. Don’t forget to have backups of your files. Before we incorporate a piece of software into our processes at the Archives, we research it by making sure it is from a reputable group and thoroughly test it on copy sample sets.

This post is not an endorsement of any products listed by the Smithsonian Institution."

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» Free Software for Libraries Ideas Exchange

" [...] ideas exchange about what free software products you’ve been able to make use of in your library or organization. Please submit an entry to the poll below!!
- Managing Electronic Resources

- Reference Statistics with Zoho Creator

- Create Your own Personal Knowledge Base

- Create Your Own Library Social Media Monitoring Dashboard"

 

Poll here: http://oedb.org/blogs/ilibrarian/2012/free-software-for-libraries-ideas-exchange/

 

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Going Digital: How to Prepare for the End of Optical Media

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RT @librarythingtim: How to Prepare for the End of Optical Media http://t.co/vYQAKBQs ;

 

Although written from a personal digitization viewpoint, it is also valid information for librarians and archivists.

- Audio discs

- DVDs

- Software

- Backups (including cloud)

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