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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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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The OCLC Evolving Scholarly Record Workshop, Chicago Edition

On March 23, 2015, we held the third in the Evolving Scholarly Record Workshop series  at Northwestern University. The workshops build on the framework in the OCLC Research report, The Evolving Scholarly Record. Jim Michalko, Vice President OCLC Research Library Partnership, introduced the third of four workshops to address library roles and new communities of …

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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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What’s in a digital archivist’s skill set?

This post follows on my previous two that described 1) the overall landscape of current job ads for digital archivist positions, many of which are still open as of today, and 2) the range of duties and responsibilities that I’m seeing in these ads. Today’s post describes the skill sets being required by hiring institutions. As …

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