Reimagining the Archive

A couple of weeks ago the UCLA Film & Television Archive hosted “Reimagining the Archive,” a three-day conference that brought together archivists, scholars, artists, creators of digital humanities projects, and assorted others to hear about a wide-ranging array of digital initiatives. While there was a certain focus on the moving-image realm, the papers went far …

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Research dissemination and ‘the archive’

Ithaka S+R recently published its Faculty Survey 2009: Key Strategic Insights for Libraries, Publishers, and Societies. It considers the way faculty views of the library are changing, and analyses library roles into three key functions: “The library is a starting point or ‘gateway’ for locating information for my research” (which we refer to as the gateway function). “The library pays for resources …

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The Cult of Brewster Finds Its Church

Last night Brewster Kahle of the Internet Archive unveiled his latest project in a venue suitable for any high priest or cult leader — a former Christian Science Church in San Francisco. As it turns out, the Internet Archive recently purchased the building, and as Brewster remarked during the grand unveiling of the Bookserver project, …

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John R. Stokes, Imaging Innovator

John R. Stokes passed away this weekend. This caused me to reflect on both his career and mine. When I started at the Library of Congress in 1985, I was an early entrant into the library imaging scene, but John Stokes was already there. He captured some of LC’s huge photo collections, at that time …

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Digging into digital

At the end of last week, I had a chance to read the just-issued white paper, Approaches to Managing and Collecting Born-Digital Literary Materials for Scholarly Use (Matthew G. Kirschenbaum et al). (To get to the paper, follow the link and scroll to “download.”) My first reaction was, wow, the NEH certainly got a lot …

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Interesting ideas do not always a project make

A little over a year ago, I inherited a project that didn’t have much more than a name: “Explore and understand the place of large digital text aggregations in scholarship and research.” I had several discussions with my colleagues about what this project might turn out to be. We had several ideas: ­– Create a …

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Herbert’s Adventures In Linking

The title of this post is my homage to another famous Belgian. I have been posting from the 9th International Bielefeld Conference in Germany. In yesterday’s closing keynote, Herbert Van de Sompel gave a most unusual presentation. Preparing, on his return to the Los Alamos National Laboratory, for a six-month sabbatical, he used the occasion …

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Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa Rocks My World

The National Library of New Zealand (Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa in Maori and an RLG Partner) has obviously been busy. Last week they joined the Flickr Commons, and they have already reported some impressive use statistics. But today (well, yesterday in Kiwi time) came an even bigger announcement. Digital New Zealand, “a nation-wide project …

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William Gibson’s Agrippa and mal d’archive

I didn’t come to Austin to get an archival jolt from a digital artists’ book. I’ve been at the Ransom Center this weekend attending a conference on literary archives and writers’ papers, “Creating a Usable Past.” I have never seen William Gibson’s 1992 artists’ book, one evidently well-known on the Internet. The cataloging notes say …

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