Let’s do the numbers…

DISCLAIMER: Only trust a statistic you’ve faked yourself! Well, I didn’t fake it, but I did make a mistake in the list of domains – the data I had originally pulled and posted on 11-28 did not reflect a 3 months period, as I had claimed, but a 15 months period. Turns out that the …

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Exemptions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act

Robin Dale, who sits in the cube adjacent to me, alerted me to some wonderful news for the digital preservation community: Library of Congress just issued “Exemptions from Prohibition on Circumvention of Technological Measures that Control Access to Copyrighted Works,” which in essence make it legal for libraries and archives to disable “technological measures that …

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Who are you blogging for?

Richard posted a nifty summary of the session on Blogs I moderated at MCN – I’ve meant to write up some of my notes as a post as well, but it seems that in this instance, I just had to procrastinate for my work to be done! Just like Richard, I was particularly struck that …

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Moving Museums to the Network Level

One of the most stimulating events of this year’s MCN conference in Pasadena was Ken Hamma’s keynote on Thursday morning. In essence, Ken shared a vision of how museums can exploit the dynamics of the networked environment to become more cost efficient and relevant. Ken admonished the audience that if we don’t do a better …

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Rediscovering “It” Online

Anne’s posting prompts me to recall a favorite book from my own childhood: Edith Nesbit’s Five Children and It (1902), in which a group of young Londoners, exiled to the countryside, unearth It. “It” is an ill-tempered sand fairy (the Psammead) who, only after some good-natured badgering, agrees to grant the children one wish each …

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Archival scams

I recently heard that emails have been making the rounds to archives and special collections, along the lines of the Nigerian businessman spams. The emails go like this: We have a great collection to donate to you (and that would fit nicely in with your current holdings), but we’re having some problems with cash flow …

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