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The Digital Public Library of America

by Charlotte Hajer on April 26th, 02013

A digital library that makes published material available to anyone with an internet connection, free of charge: a realistic possibility, or a utopian fantasy?

Last April, a contributor to the MIT Technology review questioned whether it could be done: if Google Books had become mired in legal battles with US copyright law, would anyone else. . .   Read More

Almost half of the world’s languages are endangered

by Austin Brown on April 17th, 02013

On the blog of Long Now’s Rosetta Project, intern Karin Wiecha describes the recently published findings of a major linguistics research effort:
ELCat uses the metaphor of biodiversity to illustrate the gravity of the loss of an entire language family: If we compare the extinction of a language to the extinction of an animal. . .   Read More

O’Reilly Talks about Digital Preservation

by Charlotte Hajer on April 2nd, 02013

Former SALT speaker Tim O’Reilly recently shared the video of a talk he gave on digital preservation at the Library of Congress in 02011.

Discussing some of his own “personal failures” to archive O’Reilly Media’s early projects, O’Reilly here emphasizes the importance of preserving digital information and resources in a world. . .   Read More

World’s Largest and Oldest Audio Archive

by Catherine Borgeson on March 15th, 02013

Over the past 12 years, audio archivists at the The Macaulay Library archive at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology have digitized 7,513 hours of analog recordings of natural sounds. The collection houses the largest and oldest scientific archive of biodiversity audio and video recordings, and the entire collection is now accessible online.
These archived. . .   Read More

The First 250 years of the “Biblioteca Palatina di Parma”

by Austin Brown on March 12th, 02013

We’ve got another long-term dispatch from our man-on-the-ground in Italy, Davide Bocelli:
We all know that libraries tend to burn. It has been true for the Library of Alexandria and even for the fictional library of the abbey that Umberto Eco created in his “The Name of the Rose”. In. . .   Read More

Reviving and Restoring Digital Art

by Charlotte Hajer on February 27th, 02013

With the ever-accelerating evolution of hardware and software, we stand to lose much more than reels of data. A vast collection of computer art risks slipping into digital darkness, as well.

Concerned about this impending loss, NYU student Matthew Epler recently founded the ReCode project: a community-driven effort to create an active archive. . .   Read More

Seeds Are the New Books

by Andrew Warner on February 26th, 02013

The Basalt Public Library in western Colorado has recently started lending seeds out to members. The members “borrow” the seeds with their library card, grow the plants, and harvest the best fruits’ seeds to give back to the library. The library gets better seeds back, while the members get to enjoy most of the harvest. . .   Read More

TimesMachine: “All the News That Was Fit to Print”

by Austin Brown on February 13th, 02013

If you’re a fan of this video showing a years’ worth of front pages for NYTimes.com, or the Way Back Machine, which allows you to browse the internet of the past, you might also love a project released by the New York Times today: The TimesMachine.
TimesMachine can take you back to any. . .   Read More

Rick Prelinger Seminar Primer

by Charlotte Hajer on December 4th, 02012

“Lost Landscapes of San Francisco, 7”
Tuesday December 11, 02012 at the Castro Theater, San Francisco

Guerrilla archivist and “media archaeologist” Rick Prelinger has built his career on uncovering, preserving, and sharing alternative takes on American cultural history. He is the founder of the Prelinger Archives , a massive collection of “ephemeral films”: non-fiction video. . .   Read More

Preserving Virtual Worlds

by Catherine Borgeson on November 1st, 02012

“This is our history, and just a handful of people are saving it.”
— PixelVixen707, screen name of “Rachael Webster,” a fictional character in the alternate reality game Personal Effects: Dark Art

Virtual games are becoming cultural artifacts. Yes, they are commodities, (the global market for video games is forecast to hit $82 billion by 02017. . .   Read More