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Comparing NDSA Levels Rankings Across Cloud Storage Vendors
July 18, 2014

Seth Anderson has been compiling a series of cloud storage vendor profiles over the past year with an analytical focus on the suitability of cloud storage as a preservation environment. As the amount of digitized and born digital material archives must manage grows, the pressure from administrators to find affordable solutions for file-based ... read more

The Things We Do — Catalyst Item Level Inventory
July 15, 2014

As a consultant I can't say that I do direct conservation work, processing, or collection management to preserve and make accessible a collection. However, this is the type of thing I do, to develop solutions, collaborate, communicate, share experience with organizations, or manage resources to help them move to the next step of what they need to do. read more

Fixity and Filesystems: Enhanced System Monitoring via inodes
July 7, 2014

Fixity offers the unique capability of tracking file attendance as well as file integrity. Since a file's index location only changes when a file is deleted or moved to a new storage device, it can be used as a unique identifier for a file, no matter its location or name on a given filesystem.

Cost of Inaction Calculator
June 18, 2014

One of the big challenges in effectively advocating for archives is the struggle to quantify their value. Of course archives have a cultural and institutional value -- those are the easier arguments that we often fall back on -- but as I've written before, those are soft arguments that can lose impact over time ... read more

Seeking Diversity and a Unified Field
May 13, 2014

Let me restate that more simply: We need diversity, and we need to diversify. The responsibility for that is on organizational structures within the field (the workplace and professional organizations), but it is also on the individual self to attain or embrace that diversity... read more

We Do Not Preserve, We Sustain
May 1, 2014

So it's Preservation Week -- the true Old Home Week (ba-dum-dum!) -- and even though the P word is a part of our company name, I am predictably nitpicky (predictably, and perhaps wearisomely, at least to my office mates, the poor kids) of its use for this celebratory week. Now, of course, preservation is probably ... read more

New Paper on Embedded Metadata
April 9, 2014

Newly available on our Papers and Presentations page is AVPreserve President Chris Lacinak's paper Embedded Metadata in WAVE Files: A Look Inside Issues and Tools. Embedded metadata is crucial to managing digital assets, supporting activities as varied as making it easy to find and listen to music in iTunes, authenticating the source and ... read more

New Cloud Storage Vendor Profiles
April 1, 2014

Following up on our recent white paper Nine Things To Consider When Assessing Cloud Storage, AVPreserve is pleased to announce the release of our first three Cloud Storage Vendor Profiles researched and complied by Consultant Seth Anderson. Part of our Feet on The Ground: A Practical Approach to The Cloud initiative, these ... read more

New Catalyst Case Studies in Audiovisual Preservation
March 20, 2014

What happens to a collection when its sole caretaker is suddenly out of the picture and has left no documentation? This is an all too common occurrence with archival collections, and the problem is compounded with audiovisual collections where content may not be accessible and identifiable, production practices may create multiple versions or derivatives, and ... read more

This Is Your Thesis; This Is Your Thesis On CD-R
March 14, 2014

I was recently contacted by one of my alma maters about my masters thesis. The school required deposit (in duplicate) with the Library as part of the application for graduation, but luckily by this time they were accepting (perhaps enforcing -- who wants to manage all those bound theses?) submission of an electronic copy on ... read more

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