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Emotion, Meaning and Digital Collections | The Signal: Digital Preservation

Emotion, Meaning and Digital Collections | The Signal: Digital Preservation | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Emotion, Meaning and Digital Collections. A blog post at "The Signal: Digital Preservation" on 2013-02-28.

 

by Bill LeFurgy:

...This is an occupational hazard of digital archivists, that awkward first attempt to explain what it is that we do. But there is a bigger issue: if people have trouble understanding what a digital archives is, it means that people have no personal connection with the entire concept. In our culture, personal connection drives support and–apologies for an overused term–sustainability.

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Adding value to digital collections!

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How to generate pull in domain of archives and collections. . . That is the billion person question, I think?

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‘An exciting time’ as archives go social, by David Ferriero - ABC News video

‘An exciting time’ as archives go social, by David Ferriero - ABC News video | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
US archivist David Ferriero discusses gathering information in the digital age.
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Digital archivists: technological custodians of human history - Ars Technica

Digital archivists: technological custodians of human history - Ars Technica | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

by Chris Foreman:

Ars Technica"One of the biggest challenges in the field of digital librarianship is simply trying to evolve as fast as technology," Pike said, "because we need to also keep up..."

 

Robin Pike (certified archivist currently serving as a Digital Collections Librarian at the University of Maryland):

"We are the custodians of what has been created and are enabling access—ideally free and unlimited—for the future," Pike said. "No matter what is created and where it is created, if it is important, some librarian, archivist, or records manager is capturing it and saving it for the future. In addition to saving the digital objects, we need to make them accessible so people can use and reuse the materials."

"We are the custodians of human history."


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Fight for the Future: Libraries, Tech Policy, and the Fate of Human Knowledge - video

Fight for the Future: Libraries, Tech Policy, and the Fate of Human Knowledge - video | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Andrew Mclaughlin:

"Librarians + technology = a personal nirvana. There is no more awesome set of people doing more important work than the librarians and their nerd allies at the bleeding edge of library tech -- they are engaged in an underappreciated struggle to work out how mankind is going to preserve, extend, share, and democratize the sum of human knowledge in our increasingly digital age. So I was really psyched to go a do a talk at the 2012 Library Technology Conference about the technological forces driving the great policy issues of our age, along with an argument about why and where the library community should be engaged. Bonus for me: The event was at Macalester College, where I spent my high school summers taking Russian while trying to look like something other than the huge dork I was.

Here's my keynote, "Fight for the Future: Libraries, Tech Policy, and the Fate of Human Knowledge."

 

Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/39110183

 

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Archivists file in for digital congress "A climate of change" - PS News #ICA2012

"More than 1,000 archivists from 90 countries have come to Brisbane this week to try and solve the challenges of the digital age.

   Hosted by the National Archives of Australia, the International Council on Archives (ICA) Congress is being held until Thursday (24 August) at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.
   The ICA is dedicated to the effective management of records and the preservation, care and use of the world’s archival heritage through its representation of records and archive professionals around the world."

 

Full program can be accessed here: http://ica2012.com/files/data/program/Program-matrix-1508.pdf

 

1,000 meet to explore challenges   

It is the first time the four-yearly congress has been held in Australia and this year’s theme A Climate of Change will be explored by a number of keynote speakers including the Head Archivist for the United States of America, David Ferreiro, who will present the topic, ‘Archives in a world of social media’.

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Film Archivists in China: the 2012 FIAF congress, by David Walsh | IWM Research Blog

Film Archivists in China: the 2012 FIAF congress, by David Walsh | IWM Research Blog | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"...archivists were understandably confused by the sheer scale and rapidity of the changes to their world brought about by digital technology. And so a good deal of the proceedings set about addressing some of these concerns, not least the workshop organised jointly by the Technical Commission (of which I am the head) and the Programming and Access Commission, where we looked at the digital world from different perspectives and tried to offer some guidance on acquisition, management, preservation and access. (Some of the guidance we offered is now available in a few handy documents on the FIAF website).

Our fellow commission, Cataloguing and Documentation, have also worked hard to push for worldwide implementation of an important new European standard for film metadata (EN 15907:2009), and are hoping that this will become an ISO standard shortly. To boost their case, they had the British Film Institute to present their successful adoption of CEN standards in their new Adlib database (the first organisation to do so). This commission is also working on a revised set of cataloguing rules which will be compliant with this standard.

FIAF retains a very strong interest in analogue film technology, and there are many who view the demise of this traditional technology not just as regrettable, but as something to be resisted at all costs. In this context, when the Technical Commission wondered in passing whether it should investigate the feasibility of film archives manufacturing their own film stock when all the big players (Kodak, Fuji) decide to drop it, the FIAF delegates were understandably excited. Establishing a cottage industry for film stock seems implausible to many, but I suspect that unless we can come up with definitive evidence to support this view, the idea will not rest."

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Attila the Archivist: Archives and the future

Arlene Schmuland:

"Attila the Archivist: Archives and the future http://t.co/fZecgSMK Awesome post from my high school pal Arlene #aiim #ecm"

 

"Here's what I think are some of the considerations that we need to have in both designing a vision and designing the strategic plan that allows you to reach the goals of the vision:

Flexibility.
Change.
Commitment to the vision and goals from existing stakeholders.
Assessment.
Daydreaming.
Transparency.
Document, document, document. Write down the processes. Write down the procedures. The boss wins.
Remember the why.
Balance tact with necessity.
Advocacy.
Staying open.
Focus.
Stay user-centric.
And that, I think, is how you begin to craft the future of archives and special collections and of academic libraries, together."

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