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I just have to post this because it is making me drool.

A Visualization of the Metadata Universe

Also, why is the word ‘metadata’ showing up as a misspelling here?? Metadata is core to all things!!

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ERCIM Digital Preservation Special Issue

Check it out online.

Or download the pdf. [15mb]

I especially like this cartoon:

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The PARSE.Insight project survey report published.

The PARSE.Insight project just published a fantastic report on the current state of affairs in the preservation of research data. Nearly 2,000 people responded from the research, publishing, and data management stakeholder groups.

There are a few statistics that are of particular interest to me:

• Researchers regard the lack of sustainable hardware, software or support of computer environment may make the information inaccessible as the most important threat to digital preservation. 80% believe this to be either important or very important.
• Data managers also regard the lack of sustainable hardware, software or support of computer environment may make the information inaccessible as the most important threat to digital preservation. 86% believe this to be either important or very important.
• 59% of the respondents to the data managers’ survey don’t think that the tools and infra-structure available to them will suffice for the digital preservation objectives they have to achieve.
• 71% of the respondents to the data managers’ survey believe that funding for preservation will be an issue now and in five years time.

What I am taking from this, and perhaps bending to my own purposes, is that there is a reported need for inexpensive tools which can ameliorate the problems associated with a perceived lack of hardware, software, and computer environment support.

Of course, there are a number of other very important discoveries reported here, but this is what is the most relevant to me. Good stuff!

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Fedora 12 released today!

For all you Fedora users, or wannabe users:

See the Fedora 12 release announcement.

Details about the release.

Or you can go to the download page and download it.

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DRM and digital preservation

We’ve long known the dangers that DRM pose to the long term access to digital content. Anything which restricts access to content presents a threat to accessing it later down the line.  This article posted on Slashot is a great illustration of the problem.

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WARC file format becomes an ISO standard

WARC, an extension of the ARC file format, used for archiving web material, has been made an ISO standard.

WARC format offers new possibilities, notably the recording of HTTP request headers, the recording of arbitrary metadata, the allocation of an identifier for every contained file, the management of duplicates and of migrated records, and the segmentation of the records. WARC files are intended to store every type of digital content, either retrieved by HTTP or another protocol.

Standardization offers a guarantee of durability and evolution for the
WARC format. It will help web archiving entering into the mainstream
activities of heritage institutions and other branches, by fostering the
development of new tools and ensuring the interoperability of
collections. Several applications are already WARC compliant, such as
the Heritrix [http://crawler.archive.org/ ] crawler for harvesting, the
WARC tools [http://code.google.com/p/warc-tools/ ] for data management and exchange, the Wayback Machine
[http://archive-access.sourceforge.net/projects/wayback/ ], NutchWAX
[http://archive-access.sourceforge.net/projects/nutch/ ] and other
search tools [http://code.google.com/p/search-tools/ ] for access. The
international recognition of the WARC format and its applicability to
every kind of digital object will provide strong incentives to use it
within and beyond the web archiving community.

– Abby Grotke, IIPC Communications Officer, Library of Congress

See the IIPC press release.

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Digital Preservation and Nuclear Disaster: An Animation

I have posted this fabulous, fabulous video everywhere but here. It is things like this that make me proud to be in this field. Enjoy!

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