Friday, September 09, 2005

Sept 9, 2005

National Archives Names Lockheed Martin to Build Archives of the Future. NARA Press Release. September 8, 2005.

NARA has awarded a $308 million, six year contract to Lockheed Martin to build the Electronic Records Archives. The system will “capture and preserve the electronic records of the federal government, regardless of format, ensure hardware and software independence, and provide access to the American public and Federal officials.” This comes after a year-long competition between two firms.

The CPU's next 20 years. Tom Yager. InfoWorld. September 07, 2005.

The Intel Itanium computer processor is not like the current computing processors. It is seen as incompatible with everything else. The road ahead isn’t about hardware at all. It will be about development suites and tools that can optimize an application based on changing environments. We’ll end up with a naturally occurring matrix of CPU types and deployment patterns that provides customers with meaningful choices.

LDS Church to put microfilmed records online. Daily Herald. September 10, 2005.

The LDS Church announced plans to digitize and index the more than 2 million rolls of microfilmed genealogical records which are stored in granite vaults near Salt Lake City. "Currently, you have to look at images on paper or burn them on a CD and distribute those to index the data. We're moving the whole process to the Internet."

DSpace Federation 2nd User Group meeting. Conference held on 6 July 2005. 9 September 2005.

The program from the DSpace user group meeting is now online. The website includes descriptions of the presentations and the PowerPoint slides; some include Word or PDF documents as well. The presentations include:

· The Australian National University: Case Study: Creating Publications from a DSpace Repository

· Using Multiple Metadata Formats in DSpace

· Exploring Strategies for Digital Preservation for DSpace@Cambridge

· Expanding the Focus of the IR: Scholars' Bank at the University of Oregon

· Introduction: Incorporating local developments to DSpace

· Conversion and metadata extraction frameworks

· Use of DSpace as an audiovisual archive

Sony goes 8x for Double Layer DVD+R writing. Kelly Ellis. PC Pro. September 6, 2005.

Sony has introduced a double layer DVD burner that can burn the 8.5 GB discs at 8x speed. It can also burn many other DVD formats and speeds, and also CDs.

Random Musings on Apple’s iPod Nano. Harry McCracken. PC World. September 07, 2005

“If flash memory was as cheap per gigabyte as hard-disk space, and available in disk-like capacities, the hard drive might go away. That’s not going to happen anytime soon, but I suspect that flash memory will start to replace drive storage in some devices over the next few years, resulting in smaller, more reliable products.”

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