Archive for the 'General' Category

Ask Slashdot: Facebook Archiving?

Sunday, March 20th, 2011

"I was in the car with my wife and 15-year-old daughter this morning talking about the future of Facebook and how it's likely that they will not be around forever (or at least not at the same capacity as now) and my daughter asked 'Well, what's going to happen to all of my pictures?' It [...]

Losing Web Sites at the BBC

Sunday, March 20th, 2011

Excellent article on the BBC's problems with web preservation, along with a useful history lesson about the (unfortunate) re-use of videotape, and the losses that practice caused. Visit Losing Web Sites at the BBC

BBC’s Richard Wright Explains PrestoCentre

Sunday, March 20th, 2011

Richard Wright explains PrestoCentre, Presto projects, and Screening the Future conference to be held March 14-15 in Hilversum. "we are on the brink of creating something that can make a major difference to the amount of broadcasting content, and other audiovisual content, that will survive: the PrestoCentre Competence Centre, to be launched 14-15 March in [...]

A Digital Library Guru Discusses New Rules on Sharing Scientific Data – Wired Campus – The Chronicle of Higher Education

Sunday, March 20th, 2011

Background on NSF rules on ensuring preservation of and access to scientific data.  Visit A Digital Library Guru Discusses New Rules on Sharing Scientific Data – Wired Campus – The Chronicle of Higher Education

Information Today, Inc. Industry Events

Sunday, March 20th, 2011

Best of the conference calendars – has the two I'm working on, Personal Digital Archiving, and Screening the Future.  Visit Information Today, Inc. Industry Events

Conservative tech policy goal: ramp up IP enforcement

Sunday, March 20th, 2011

About as wrong as it is possible to be about intellectual property. Visit Conservative tech policy goal: ramp up IP enforcement

Comite des Sages Report

Sunday, March 20th, 2011

The report of the Comite des Sages on bringing Europe's cultural heritage online is out, with some interesting data about digitisation, and some excellent recommendations about What is to be Done. Start by getting €100 billion set aside to pay for it all…

Cyberspace When You’re Dead – NYTimes.com

Sunday, March 20th, 2011

Nice forward from Kaliya Hamlin, mostly on consumer services to preserve digital legacies.  Visit Cyberspace When You’re Dead – NYTimes.com

Cyberspace When You’re Dead – NYTimes.com

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

Nice forward from Kaliya Hamlin, mostly on consumer services to preserve digital legacies. 

For Kodachrome Fans, Road Ends at Photo Lab in Kansas – NYTimes.com

Saturday, January 1st, 2011

Nice piece on the demise of Kodachrome.  Visit For Kodachrome Fans, Road Ends at Photo Lab in Kansas – NYTimes.com

Call for participation for Personal Digital Archiving 2011

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

Personal Digital Archiving 2011 will take place February 24-25 at the Internet Archive in San Francisco. Visit Call for participation for Personal Digital Archiving 2011

Libre Graphics Meeting Q+A

Friday, November 12th, 2010

Very cool cross cut of by Active Archives of video interview collection by person and by question. Visit Libre Graphics Meeting Q+A

Wearable Cameras Move Beyond Sports to the Mainstream – NYTimes.com

Monday, November 8th, 2010

Shades of Sensecam, but as a consumer device: "Small, lightweight, hands-free cameras — worn on a headband, for example, or tucked over an ear — will record life’s memorable moments as they unfold, even if you are busy holding your infant son or erupting in cheers at your daughter’s basketball game." Visit Wearable Cameras Move [...]

The Guardian on Digital Public Space and Tony Ageh

Friday, November 5th, 2010

I'm very curious about the Digital Public Space proposal, and would be grateful for any additional information. <br /> <br /> "Ageh doesn't want to talk about himself. He is in the very early stages of his most significant project yet: one that aims to redesign the internet. After two years analysing the content, framework [...]

Impact | Improving access to text: Concept

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

"IMPACT … will push innovation in OCR technology and language technology for historical document processing and retrieval, and share expertise to build capacity in digitisation across Europe." <br /> <br /> This is a good news. A competence center for book digitization ought to fit nicely with PrestoCentre (which supports moving image collections). And it [...]

Technology Review: Blogs: Mims’s Bits: Why There Can Never Be A Competitor to Google Books

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

"Publishers are about to grant Google monopolistic pricing power and permanent exclusivity over countless 'orphaned' works." Yep. Visit Technology Review: Blogs: Mims’s Bits: Why There Can Never Be A Competitor to Google Books

Unlogo – The Corporate Identity Media Filter by Jeffrey Crouse — Kickstarter

Saturday, October 9th, 2010

"Unlogo is a web service, FFMPEG plugin, and AfterEffects plugin that eliminates logos and other corporate signage from videos." Nice to see this an option; disturbing to think its use might be required. Visit Unlogo – The Corporate Identity Media Filter by Jeffrey Crouse — Kickstarter

Michael Geist – CBC Bans Use of Creative Commons Music on Podcasts

Friday, October 8th, 2010

"The producers of the popular CBC radio show Spark have revealed (see the comments) that the public broadcaster has banned programs from using Creative Commons licenced music on podcasts." Visit Michael Geist – CBC Bans Use of Creative Commons Music on Podcasts

Apologies re: Dreamhost & 500 errors

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

For the last few months I’ve been trying to resolve an issue with Dreamhost that causes 500 internal errors to be posted to this site and into the associated RSS feed. As you can tell, I haven’t been successful yet, nor have they, but I’m hoping to get it resolved soon.

The State of Recorded Sound Preservation in the United States: A National Legacy at Risk in the Digital Age

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

The Library of Congress National Recording Preservation Board released The State of Recorded Sound Preservation in the United States: A National Legacy at Risk in the Digital Age. www.clir.org/pubs/abstract/pub148abst.html. Excellent work by Sam Brylawski and Rob Bamberger, now being picked up by AP, which notes "New digital recordings of events in U.S. history and early [...]

Online Video and the Future of Broadcasting