Curation of born-digital materials begins at home

  Like most people, I have an “archive” of personal born-digital materials on various media.  Like most people’s personal archives, mine has CDs and DVDs and 3 1/2″ disks.  Mine may be a bit unusual in that it includes things created in obsolete software (WordStar, SuperCalc, Dbase2) running on the CP/M operating system and stored …

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Archivists should be key players in managing born-digital library materials

As an archivist, I’m acutely aware of the broad applicability of archivists’ skills and expertise to the challenges facing research libraries—challenges in areas beyond those traditionally seen as within the archivist’s purview. This has become increasingly true as we become more deeply enmeshed in the complexities of the digital age. In recent years I’ve observed …

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The Evolving Scholarly Record Workshop — the San Francisco edition and the series wrap-up

The report, The Evolving Scholarly Record, introduced a framework for discussing the changes in the scholarly record and in the roles of stakeholders. Over the past year, OCLC has conducted a series of workshops to socialize the framework.   You can read about the first three Evolving Scholarly Record workshops on hangingtogether.org:  the Amsterdam workshop, the …

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Going, going, gone: The imperative for archiving the web

We all know that over the past 30+ years the World Wide Web has become an indispensable tool (understatement!) for disseminating information, extending the reputations of organizations and businesses, enabling Betty the Blogger to establish an international reputation, and ruining dinner table debate by providing the answer to every conceivable question. It has caused a sea change in how humans communicate and learn. …

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A modern day equivalent of Leonardo’s notebooks? Bringing an “archival mind” to the evolving scholarly record

As I listened in on the #esrworkshop last night, I heard phrases like “the archive,” “digital curation,” and “archival paradigm.” Archivists are experts at intellectually tying together many elements of a whole collection. The collection is not sitting in boxes and volumes lined up on shelves in an institution any more. How can anybody link …

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