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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New issue of International Journal of Digital Curation

IJDC Vol 4, No 2 (2009)

Editorial by Chris Rusbridge, 8 research papers, and 6 general articles. The peer reviewed articles are from the 4th International Digital Curation Conference, held in December 2008.

To quote Rusbridge, “A varied and fascinating collection, indeed!”

By the way, the 5th IDCC is coming up! December 2-4 at the Millennium  Gloucester Hotel in Kensington, London.

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Researchers create nanotube memory that can store data for a billion years

This is some of the best news I’ve had all day.

See brief article at engadget.

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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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And it gets even better..

Synthetic Gene Networks that Count. From Science Magazine.

Synthetic gene networks can be constructed to emulate digital circuits and devices, giving one the ability to program and design cells with some of the principles of modern computing, such as counting. A cellular counter would enable complex synthetic programming and a variety of biotechnology applications. Here, we report two complementary synthetic genetic counters in Escherichia coli that can count up to three induction events: the first, a riboregulated transcriptional cascade, and the second, a recombinase-based cascade of memory units. These modular devices permit counting of varied user-defined inputs over a range of frequencies and can be expanded to count higher numbers.

Another inspired piece brought to you by Life Inspired.

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