The first chapter in Partners for Preservation is ‘Inheritance of Digital Media’, written by Dr. Edina Harbinja. This topic was one of the first I was sure I wanted to include in the book. Back in 2011, I attended an SXSW session titled Digital Death. The discussion was wide-ranging and attracted people of many backgrounds including lawyers, librarians, archivists, and social media professionals. I still love the illustration above, created live during the session. ...
This friendly llama (spotted in the Flickr Commons) is here to give you a quick high-level tour of Partners for Preservation.
The book’s ten chapters have been organized into three sections:
Part 1: Memory, Privacy, and Transparency
- Inheritance of Digital Media by Dr. Edina Harbinja
- Curbing the Online Assimilation of Personal Information by Paulan Korenhof
- The Rise of Computer-Assisted Reporting: Challenges and Successes by Brant Houston
- Link Rot, Reference Rot and the Thorny Problems of Legal Citation by Ellie Margolis
Part 2: The Physical World: Objects, Art, and Architecture
- The Internet of Things: the Risks and impacts of Ubiquitous Computing by Éireann Leverett
- Accurate Digital Colour Reproduction on Displays: from Hardware Design to Software Features by Dr. Abhijit Sarkar
- Historical Building Information Model (BIM)+: Sharing, Preserving and Reusing Architectural Design Data: by Dr. Ju Hyun Lee and Dr. Ning Gu
Part 3: Data and Programming
- Preparing and Releasing Official Statistical Data by Professor Natalie Shlomo
- Sharing Research Data, Data Standards and Improving Opportunities for Creating Visualisations by Dr. Vetria Byrd
- Open Source, Version Control and Software Sustainability by Ildikó Vancsa
As I recruited authors to write a chapter, the vision for each individual chapter evolved. Each author contributed their own spin on the topic I originally proposed. There were two things I had hoped for and was particularly pleased to have come to pass. First was that I learned new things about each of the fields addressed in the book. The second was discovering threads that wove through multiple chapters. While the chapters are each freestanding and you may read the book’s chapters in any order you like, the section groupings were designed to help highlight common threads of interest to archivists focused on digital preservation. ...
Yes. I know. My last blog post was way back in May of 2014. I suspect some of you have assumed this blog was defunct.
When I first launched Spellbound Blog as a graduate student in July of 2006, I needed an outlet and a way to connect to like-minded people pondering the intersection of archives and technology. Since July 2011, I have been doing archival work full time. I work with amazing archivists. I think about archival puzzles all day long. Unsurprisingly, this reduced my drive to also research and write about archival topics in the evenings and on weekends. ...