International Internet Preservation Consortium

eifelI’m in Paris for the IIPC 2014 General Assembly.  I am presenting on 3 web archiving projects that I have been working on: one solo and two with my colleague Debbie Rabina.  Below is the solo project:

Youth Deleted: Saving Young People’s Histories after Social Media Collapse

After twenty years of loosing personal digital files, I wonder if today’s youth’s digital shoeboxes of memories will be even thinner than my own.  To test this notion, the following research question is posed: When social media collapse, are youth disproportionately at risk of loosing their digital contributions? To study this, the age demographics of failing or failed social media will be analyzed.  The list of failed or failing social media is provided by the Archive Team’s “deathwatch,” which is a group of “rogue archivists” who save web content in danger of disappearing.  Results confirm that when social media collapse, youth are disproportionately at risk of loosing their digital contributions because young people disproportionately use the sites that fail.  Personal digital archiving outreach efforts need to continue working to educate young people about the risks of loosing digital content and how to avoid such loss.

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Update May 29, 2014: The slides from my second presentation, as well as everyone else’s presentation, is available on IIPC’s website.

Unix Commands and Batch Processing for the Reluctant Librarian or Archivist

logoCheck-out my new article in Code4Lib Journal: Unix Commands and Batch Processing for the Reluctant Librarian or Archivist.

ABSTRACT

The Unix environment offers librarians and archivists high-quality tools for quickly transforming born-digital and digitized assets, such as resizing videos, creating access copies of digitized photos, and making fair-use reproductions of audio recordings. These tools, such as ffmpeg, lame, sox, and ImageMagick, can apply one or more manipulations to digital assets without the need to manually process individual items, which can be error prone, time consuming, and tedious. This article will provide information on getting started in using the Unix environment to take advantage of these tools for batch processing.

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Update May 5, 2014: I am also teaching a workshop on this same topic at Metro NY Library Council – feel free to take it.

Spring 2014 Courses

centroThis semester, I will be teaching Projects in Digital Archives (LIS 665) with a new project partner: Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueños (or the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College / CUNY). In the class, we will be working to assemble a digital archive of oral histories from their collection. I am excited to be branching out into new areas, and hope the students will enjoy the collaboration as well.

I will also be teaching Projects in Moving Image and Sound Archiving (LIS 668), where the class will continue work on a video oral history project started last semester in collaboration with the Lesbian Herstory Archives.

You can download the syllabi below:
LIS 665-02 Projects in Digital Archives

LIS 668-01 Projects in Moving Image and Sound Archiving

Fall 2013 Courses

The LadderI am excited that a new semester is right around the corner. This semester, my classes will be working on projects with the Digital Public Library of America, the American Jewish Historical Society, and the Lesbian Herstory Archives.

One project we we will be working on is creating a digital archive of oral history video recordings of members of the Daughters of Bilitis (DOB), which was the first lesbian civil and political rights organization in the United States (founded in 1955 in San Francisco, and ending in 1970). DOB published the serial “The Ladder” (cover shown to the right), which was the first nationally distributed lesbian publication. The stories contained within the oral histories touch on issues of 1950s social oppression, feminism and women’s sexuality, and provide a timely contrast with recent legal and cultural developments related to LGBT populations, such as the overturning of the Defense of Marriage Act and California Proposition 8 by the U.S. Supreme Court.

For information on the other projects, check-out the course syllabi:

LIS 665-01 Projects in Digital Archives
LIS 665-02 Projects in Digital Archives
LIS 697-03 Projects in Moving Image and Sound Archiving

What Archivists Can Learn from Cosmology

I just presented a paper at AERI 2013 (Archival Education and Research Institute). You can download the paper here.

What Archivists Can Learn from Cosmology: The Enduring Paradigm in Einstein’s Universe

ABSTRACT

Archivists and archival educators have become increasingly interested in expanded conceptions of archives. This movement is best captured by the Pluralizing the Archival Curriculum Group, which asks “How do we move from an archival universe dominated by one cultural paradigm to an archival multiverse[?]” (p. 73). Although there is a growing interest in incorporating multiple perspectives into archives thinking, rarely do concepts from the physical sciences get incorporated into these discussions. This paper will explore concepts from cosmology that have extensive bearing on how archives are conceptualized. Further, it will explore how these concepts are incorporated into the archives discourse, and conclude with suggesting a way that archivists of the future may incorporate this thinking into their descriptive practices.

Presenting at ALISE

I am presenting a poster at ALISE 2013 for a research project I have proposed. The poster and abstract are below:

ALISE_2013_s

ABSTRACT

In the last several years, cultural heritage institutions (museums, libraries, and archives) have begun to make use of mobile technology to reach new members and investigate the potential of mobile technology to add value to their educational offerings. However, little research has been completed that rigorously and comprehensively demonstrates how this technology can be used to advance the major goals of cultural heritage institutions, such as enhancing patron knowledge construction, historical understanding, engagement and inspiring lifelong learning. This research project will produce a set of best practices for how these goals can be promoted using mobile computing. These best practices will be derived from analyzing the response from focus groups to their use of mobile technology at the sites of five major New York City cultural institutions, including:

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Spring 2013 Classes

Spring 2013 classes have started (early, I know) and I thought I’d share my syllabi.

This semester, in Projects in Digital Archives, we will be again working with the Archives of the American Joint Jewish Distribution (JDC) and the dance critic Barbara Newman. In Digital Libraries, students will be working on creating new digital libraries and designing a funding campaign through Kickstarter.kickstarter We will be using the NDSA collection of Kickstarter projects as inspiration for the projects we will be creating this semester. Should be fun!

LIS 665-01 Projects in Digital Archives
LIS 665-02 Projects in Digital Archives
LIS 693-01 Digital Libraries