Archive for February, 2013

Protecting the Personal Narrative: An Assessment of Archival Practice’s Place in Personal Digital Archiving

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

The archival community struggles to fit in the private process of personal digital archiving. A common recommendation is to begin preservation far upstream, introducing archival practices early into the act of personal collection. But what may the archives best intentions introduce into the act of p

Consultant Seth Anderson’s Personal Digital Archiving 2013 Presentation

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

Thanks to the folks at the Personal Digital Archiving Conference 2013 (and the Internet Archive), here is the video of AV Preserve Consultant Seth Anderson’s presentation, “Protecting the Personal Narrative: An Assessment of Archival Practice’s Place in Personal Digital Archiving”. Synopsis an

You Need To Plan Before You Can Preserve

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

One issue we commonly do not factor into planning projects is the time it takes to ramp up to be able to actually perform the task. Whatever it is you want to do, there’s always a lot more time needed than anticipated to plan, select, decide, communicate, arrange, or whatever it is that has to happe

A Primer on Codecs for Moving Image and Sound Archives

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

And 10 Recommendations for Codec Selection & Management

by Chris Lacinak
(PDF Version)

The way that the term codec is generally used makes understanding what one actually is a bit confusing. Most people have the general impression that a codec is somehow related to both soft

AV Preserve at Personal Digital Archiving 2013

Friday, February 15th, 2013

AV Preserve Consultant Seth Anderson will be presenting a paper at the Personal Digital Archiving Conference on Friday, February 22nd. The Personal Digital Archiving conference will provide an “opportunity for researchers and practitioners in the field of personal archiving to convene for presentati

Archives Don’t Matter

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

…But Archival Environments Do

Admittedly, when I foreswore the word ‘archive’ I offered no realistic (or unrealistic) alternative. The great benefit (and the great detriment) of such philosophical arguments is that one needn’t provide conclusive answers to one’s musings — nor, apparently, firs

The Cost of Inaction

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

Much like the way we use landmarks to mentally map our movements through physical space, the mind seeks temporal and experiential references to help map our movements through time. This is not the Proustian madeleine of sudden remembrance, but the purposeful notation and recall of related or unrelat

Why We Shouldn’t Save Everything

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

Several years ago I created an equation that calculated the advancement of a society in relation to its acquisition of archived knowledge. A positive result meant the culture was advancing, a negative that it was declining.

Where lb=Weight of Cultural Burden, n=Cultural Impact, q=Quantity, &amp

People — Don’t Use Rubber Bands

Friday, February 1st, 2013

The worst part of my job is dealing with rubber bands in collections. No exaggeration. I am not afraid to say I hate them. I absolutely detest them. That wasn’t always the case. I used to have bags of them around when I had a paper route. Always carried bunches in my pocket, futzing around with them