Digital Preservation Policy: Web Archiving for the Washingtoniana Collection

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The Three C’s of Digital Preservation: Contact, Context, Collaboration

Three big themes I will take from learning about digital preservation: every contact leaves a trace, context is crucial, and collaboration is the key. “Every Contact leaves a trace” Matt Kirschenbaum’s words (or at least his interpretation of Locard’s words) will stick with me for a long while.  That when we will look at a […]

Pottermore – the Archival Information Package

I was able to put my Preservation Plan into action by uploading a Pottermore Collection to the Internet Archive in addition to saving the collection on my laptop. Here’s a brief recap of my Preservation Plan: Capture this YouTube video that announced the launch of Pottermore in 2011, saved by the youtube-dl downloader. Archive the Pottermore […]

Pottermore: A Statement of Preservation Intent

It’s time to collect all of the horcruxes that remain of the old Pottermore.  Not to destroy them, but to save them. Not that I’m saying that the old Pottermore was evil or needed to be killed off.  In fact, the situation is rather the opposite of Voldemort’s, in that here the main character (the old […]

Why is who saving what, and how?

It seems that when it comes to preserving born digital works, certain questions need to be raised.  In fact, a lot of questions need to be raised since there is no established consensus on which formal framework to use.  There’s the question of “who,” involving the roles different people play in the lifetime of a […]

There’s an App for That, But Why?

Stories from Main Street and The Will to Adorn are projects created by the Smithsonian Institution that are very different in subject matter and in execution but which share the element of encouraging members of particular marginalized groups to contribute their own stories to the endeavors. Both projects have websites and accompanying apps for mobile […]

A Glass Case of Emotion: User Movitivation in Crowdsourcing

The web is inherently made up of networks and interactions among its users. But what is the nature of these interactions – participatory? collaborative? exploitative? These questions play out when cultural heritage institutions take to the web and attempt to engage the vast public audience that is now accessible to them. Crowdsourcing is a means […]