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Try5 — An SAA Initiative for Ongoing Growth

Monday, October 31st, 2016

[Originally published October 31, 2016 on the Society of American Archivists’ blog, Off the Record: https://offtherecord.archivists.org/2016/10/31/try5-guest-blogger-bert-lyons/] ________________________ In August, I had the honor of joining SAA Council and beginning […]

Are we there yet?

Friday, August 5th, 2016

As I’ve been writing this post, I’ve had Michael Jackson’s Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ in my head. You too? I’ve been thinking a lot lately about organizations who […]

The proof is in the standards pudding

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016

There are a lot of numbers in this post. This song by Kraftwerk might be useful: “Pocket Calculator.” We talk a lot about assessment in the digital preservation […]

Archival Musings: The Importance of Place

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016

The author suggests pairing this post with The Village Green Preservation Society by The Kinks. Sweet jams make the musings go down easier. Independence, Kansas, is a small […]

Possession is nine-tenths of the law. Metadata is nine-tenths of possession.

Friday, March 18th, 2016

In a sea of digital information, it is no longer about who owns the hardware. The physical location of the server is not what defines possession. Possession is restricted to those with the appropriate metadata (e.g., credentials, permissions), which grants them access; and, the ability to derive value is constrained to those who have metadata that will help them find and use the content.

What is the chemistry of digital preservation?

Thursday, February 18th, 2016

When we develop preservation strategies for paper-based materials an essential consideration is the underlying chemistry of the physical materials themselves. Paper is an organic compound, made of cellulose […]

The Creator and The Archivist

Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

A significant portion of certain Archivist’s job is processing collections — the activity of arranging and describing materials that have been deposited with an archive. At times this […]

My Digitization Vendor Always Sends .md5 Files As Part Of Their Deliverables

Saturday, December 5th, 2015

A file’s checksum is a specially generated hash based on a computation of all of the individual bytes that make up the file. A variety of algorithms exist […]

Looking Ahead on the 25th Anniversary of AMIA

Thursday, November 19th, 2015

On the 25th anniversary of the Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA), I was asked to share some thoughts this morning about the future of AMIA. There are […]

New York AV Archives Week Party

Friday, September 4th, 2015

New York Archives Week is set to take place October 14th-21st, with special planning from the Archivists Roundtable of Metropolitan New York (NYART) here in the City, including […]