Education Secretary Arne Duncan appeared on the Colbert Report this week where he stressed the importance of both preschool and post-secondary education to host Stephen Colbert. Studies have shown there is a seven to one return on investment when children attend preschool.
What exactly is a virtual repository of metadata? The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), launched with a set of linked, accessible, digital materials from libraries, archives, and museums around the country. Their tag line is “A Wealth of Knowledge.”
Personal Archiving – Preserving Our Digital Heritage is a new release addressing digital archiving that may just be the first of its kind. This multi-authored work offers robust explorations of the emerging field of personal digital archiving. Edited by Donald T. Hawkins, the contributors cover a range of innovative projects and practical topics. Some of those include archiving individual and family histories, social media and email applications, academic research projects and Library of Congress initiatives. Hawkins and his contributors are passionate about personal archiving and that is obvious in this must-read. Information Today brought this topic to our attention in their review of “Personal Archiving.”
I was reading my hometown paper today online. I am from a small town in Seymour, Indiana. In fact, “the small town” referred to in John Mellencamp’s so-named 80’s hit. The leading story was about digitizing records to make search work faster and with more comprehensive results. These deja vu moments almost surprise me in a very pleasing sort of way. It is like the universe is saying, “you made the right choices.”
A large collection of court records from the late 1800s are being converted into digital files by New Perspectives Inc. (NPI). Creating digital files that can be indexed, searched and accessed is an honorable task. The benefit here is that the employees hired by NPI are individuals with physical impairments that are learning job skills that will help them make a future for themselves.
Jay Trainer is the new executive for agency services at the National Archives and Records Administration. What a mouthful of a job title and his job reflects the same. Trainer oversees five programs that manage billions of information sources from across all three branches of the government.
Family-Search is a worldwide archive project provided free by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Recently they celebrated a milestone of mammoth proportions when they reached the one billion mark of historical recoards having been transferred from hand-written archives to online documents, much of this achieved by volunteers.
One county historical society is indexing images of civil and criminal offenses of the late 1800s to make the archives available to the public. All indexing has been done by hand and by volunteers. To date, nearly 1000 court cases from that era have been scanned and indexed.
Culture and online are two words rarely used together, but recently the European Parliament voted through a directive that allows anyone to access ‘orphan works’ – cultural works for which no copyright owner can be located. In addition to this, the digital portal Europeana has offered to freely reuse the metadata associated with its 20 million digitized cultural objects.
The Society of American Archivists (SAA) 2012 annual meeting was held a couple of weeks ago. One of the many courses offered by SAA addressed digital forensics. The emerging partnership between law enforcement and the archival enterprise continues to strengthen. This might seem unusual, but it has the potential to establish some best practices in extracting data.