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Theory & Craft of Digital Preservation: My Next Book

This has been brewing for a while, but it’s now enough of a thing that I can share about it. I am excited to announce that I’m on the hook with Johns Hopkins University Press to produce a short book (30-40k … Continue reading

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Student Digital Preservation Consultants Looking for Small Cultural Heritage Organizations

I’m working on drafting up the syllabus for my digital preservation graduate seminar for the University of Maryland’s iSchool for this coming fall. I am a firm believer in learning-by-doing. I also think talking about digital preservation in the abstract, … Continue reading

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“But That’s Not Preservation!” Notes on Preservation’s Divergent Lineages

I’ve found that interdisciplinary dialog about digital preservation often breaks down when someone protests “but that’s not preservation.” Preservation means a lot of different things in different contexts. Each of those contexts has it’s own history. Those histories are tied … Continue reading

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25 Curatememes: A Curation

A few years back, Curatememe set out on a mission to create a space “Where Curators Curate Memes about Curation. Where will the absurdity of our use of the term Curation go next? This Tumblr speculates wildly.” I think it’s … Continue reading

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How Would You Teach A Digital Preservation Grad Seminar?

It is looking like I may end up teaching a graduate seminar on digital preservation for the University of Maryland’s iSchool. There is an existing syllabus, but I will have some flexibility in terms of how I shape and design … Continue reading

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Digital Cultural Heritage DC Meetup: 4 Years in & Going Strong

Four years ago, some of my colleagues in the NDIIPP program thought it could be neat to try and start up a monthly meetup for digital cultural heritage professionals in DC. Butch Lazorchak found a bar in DC that would give … Continue reading

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The Insights Interviews: First Person Perspectives on Ensuring Long Term Access to Our Digital Heritage

Back when I was working for the Library of Congress I did, and helped coordinate, a ton of interviews with practitioners and thinkers working in digital preservation for the National Digital Stewardship Alliances innovation working group. At one point, there was discussion … Continue reading

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Digital Art Curation Seminar

Huge thanks to everyone who shared ideas about what to include in my upcoming digital art curation grad seminar. I’ve decided to use the same course blog that I’ve been using for my digital history seminars, so if you haven’t … Continue reading

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Getting Out There: 2015 in Review

Another year. Another chance to do a quick look back and make sense of what I’ve been doing and where I think it’s taking me. As I did in 2012,  2013, and 2014, I am taking a few minutes to try … Continue reading

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Digital Sources & Digital Archives: The Evidentiary Basis of Digital History (Draft)

Below is a draft of an essay I am contributing to a forthcoming book titled A Companion to Digital History. I have permission to share drafts on my personal website, so I thought it would be good to get this up and out there 1) … Continue reading

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