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Exactly Where We Are

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

Exactly, a friendly desktop application for creating BagIt-compliant digital packages, is almost 1.5 years old now. Hatched as an idea for allowing oral historians to submit born-digital interviews directly […]

AVCC Updates Being Rolled Out in the Coming Week

Friday, June 16th, 2017

We are excited to announce a number of new updates to AVCC thanks to major support from Harvard Business School! Here is what will be rolled out in the coming week.

About Us

Thursday, January 12th, 2017

Over the past months we have held a series of all-team meetings to take stock and revisit the fundamentals of AVPreserve: who we are, what we do, and why we do it. An outcome of this is a series of statements that serve as a reference and reminder to ourselves as we move through busy days and the weeks fly by. We consider them something we can turn to as a guide for clarity, principled decision making and action.

Requirements gathering for technology selection

Monday, December 19th, 2016

When an organization sets out to acquire new technology, they are putting more than resources like time and money on the line. The reality is that “even when the technology solution is purportedly at hand…technology is not the solution, only part of it.”

Try5 — An SAA Initiative for Ongoing Growth

Monday, October 31st, 2016

In August, I had the honor of joining SAA Council and beginning a three-year term serving the SAA membership. At our first meeting, I was excited to hear about Nancy McGovern’s plans for the Try5 SAA initiative over the course of this year. I volunteered immediately to participate any way I could to share skills with SAA colleagues and to spread the word about the initiative.

Are we there yet?

Friday, August 5th, 2016

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about organizations who haven’t started with digital preservation yet, and it’s got me wondering…why?

The proof is in the standards pudding

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016

Deciding which tools to use and approaches to take to perform assessment can be a difficult decision. There are complex standards, like ISO 16363, more lightweight technology and infrastructure guidance like NDSA’s Levels of Digital Preservation (LoDP), internally devised audits, and others. Each approach and tool is valued in our digital preservation arsenal, but deciding which one makes the most sense for one’s institution at a given time and place can be difficult to determine.

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

If we know our collections at the elementary levels, we can be better equipped to care for these collections, to design preventive preservation techniques, to perform conservation treatments when necessary, and to ensure the long-term accessibility of our records in the face of continued technological obsolescence and change.