The Library of Congress has:
- established an internal process to create open source software.
- has created a new series that looks at innovative approaches to digital preservation and access. It starts “On the Leading Edge,” with a look at DigitalPreservationEurope.
- has released a or video “Digital Natives Explore Digital Preservation”
The Keeping Research Data Safe 2 survey of digital preservation cost information is now available. The project was to identify institutions with cost information for preservation of digital research data and to conduct a survey of them. The collections will then be the basis of further study. The Summary Analysis of Data Survey Responses can be downloaded as a Word file, as well as each survey response. Survey questions included:
- Principal data file formats included
- Size of collection
- Identification of which types of costs they were tracking
The online guide is now available and updated. It provides practical information and tools for those producing independent Open Access journals. The guide sections discuss: Planning, Setup, Launch, Publish, and Manage. It refers to several other guides, and provides an input ability for others to add their experiences.
Over 65,000 19th-century works of fiction from the British Library will be available for free downloads this spring. The library, in partnership with Microsoft, began digitizing items several years ago. They will be available online for free, but printed copies will also be available from Amazon. The online and printed versions will look like the rare 19th-century editions. “Altogether, 35%-40% of the library’s 19th-century printed books — now all digitised — are inaccessible in other public libraries and are difficult to find in second-hand or internet bookshops.” They hope to extend this effort to books out of copyright dating from the early 20th century.
The new Office formats have caused user irritation in trying to read the documents. Microsoft has free conversion programs but many refuse to use them. The newer file formats have an x at the end of the file extension, meaning they are based on Extensible Markup Language or XML. With docx, pptx, and .xlsx, Microsoft made a fundamental change with how the files are created. The files also use file compression to reduce the file size and to hopefully reduce the possibility of the full document becoming corrupted. Some suggest keeping the .doc format as the default. Some “save every document in three formats: .doc, .docx, and .pdf.”
This is a collaborative project to collect, preserve, and provide long-term access to at-risk geospatial data. he project partners created preservation environments at both universities, created and populated a format registry, collected more than ten terabytes of geospatial data and imagery, wrote collection development policies governing acquisitions, and created legal documents designed to manage the content and the relationship between the two nodes.” The article was published in the Journal of Map And Geography Libraries. The difference with geospatial data is that it may reside in complex, multi-file objects, and that it “can remain dynamic indefinitely due to the lifetime of the generating program and the need to be periodically reprocessed.” One of the preservation strategies is to attempt to create multiple copies, with varying capabilities. Preserving context is difficult because the data is voluminous. “It is now understood that access is inextricably linked to preservation.” “The results of the NGDA experience are multifaceted. In practical terms, the successful ingestion of data into working repositories is the most significant outcome.”
Recent doomsday article about the loss of digital data. “The current strategy for preserving important data is to store several copies in different places, sometimes in different digital formats. This can protect against localised disasters such as hurricanes or earthquakes, but it will not work in the long run.” “There really is no digital standard that could be counted on in the very long term….”