Ask Slashdot: Facebook Archiving?

"I was in the car with my wife and 15-year-old daughter this morning talking about the future of Facebook and how it's likely that they will not be around forever (or at least not at the same capacity as now) and my daughter asked 'Well, what's going to happen to all of my pictures?' It never occurred to her to that Facebook might not be around someday and all of those thousands of photos that she's uploaded might someday be gone…"

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Losing Web Sites at the BBC

Excellent article on the BBC's problems with web preservation, along with a useful history lesson about the (unfortunate) re-use of videotape, and the losses that practice caused.

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BBC’s Richard Wright Explains PrestoCentre

Richard Wright explains PrestoCentre, Presto projects, and Screening the Future conference to be held March 14-15 in Hilversum. "we are on the brink of creating something that can make a major difference to the amount of broadcasting content, and other audiovisual content, that will survive: the PrestoCentre Competence Centre, to be launched 14-15 March in Hilversum, The Netherlands at "Screening the Future"."

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A Digital Library Guru Discusses New Rules on Sharing Scientific Data – Wired Campus – The Chronicle of Higher Education

Background on NSF rules on ensuring preservation of and access to scientific data. 

Information Today, Inc. Industry Events

Best of the conference calendars - has the two I'm working on, Personal Digital Archiving, and Screening the Future. 

Conservative tech policy goal: ramp up IP enforcement

About as wrong as it is possible to be about intellectual property.

Comite des Sages report

The report of the Comite des Sages on bringing Europe's cultural heritage online is out, with some interesting data about digitisation, and recommendations about What is to be Done. 

Cyberspace When You’re Dead – NYTimes.com

Nice forward from Kaliya Hamlin, mostly on consumer services to preserve digital legacies. 

For Kodachrome Fans, Road Ends at Photo Lab in Kansas – NYTimes.com

Nice piece on the demise of Kodachrome. 

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Call for participation for Personal Digital Archiving 2011

Personal Digital Archiving 2011 will take place February 24-25 at the Internet Archive in San Francisco.

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Libre Graphics Meeting Q+A

Very cool cross cut of by Active Archives of video interview collection by person and by question.

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Wearable Cameras Move Beyond Sports to the Mainstream – NYTimes.com

Shades of Sensecam, but as a consumer device: "Small, lightweight, hands-free cameras — worn on a headband, for example, or tucked over an ear — will record life’s memorable moments as they unfold, even if you are busy holding your infant son or erupting in cheers at your daughter’s basketball game."

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The Guardian on Digital Public Space and Tony Ageh

I'm very curious about the Digital Public Space proposal, and would be grateful for any additional information. <br />
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"Ageh doesn't want to talk about himself. He is in the very early stages of his most significant project yet: one that aims to redesign the internet. After two years analysing the content, framework and potential of the BBC's archive, Ageh's conclusion is that many of the challenges – not least rights, accessibility and the cost of digitisation – are shared by other public institutions. So his vision is to create a new "digital public space" for publicly owned content."

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Impact | Improving access to text: Concept

"IMPACT … will push innovation in OCR technology and language technology for historical document processing and retrieval, and share expertise to build capacity in digitisation across Europe." <br />
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This is a good news. A competence center for book digitization ought to fit nicely with PrestoCentre (which supports moving image collections). And it ought to strengthen the position of LAMs when they negotiate with private partners.

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Technology Review: Blogs: Mims’s Bits: Why There Can Never Be A Competitor to Google Books

"Publishers are about to grant Google monopolistic pricing power and permanent exclusivity over countless 'orphaned' works." Yep.

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Unlogo – The Corporate Identity Media Filter by Jeffrey Crouse — Kickstarter

"Unlogo is a web service, FFMPEG plugin, and AfterEffects plugin that eliminates logos and other corporate signage from videos." Nice to see this an option; disturbing to think its use might be required.

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Michael Geist – CBC Bans Use of Creative Commons Music on Podcasts

"The producers of the popular CBC radio show Spark have revealed (see the comments) that the public broadcaster has banned programs from using Creative Commons licenced music on podcasts."

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Apologies re: Dreamhost & 500 errors

For the last few months I’ve been trying to resolve an issue with Dreamhost that causes 500 internal errors to be posted to this site and into the associated RSS feed. As you can tell, I haven’t been successful yet, nor have they, but I’m hoping to get it resolved soon.

The State of Recorded Sound Preservation in the United States: A National Legacy at Risk in the Digital Age

The Library of Congress National Recording Preservation Board released The State of Recorded Sound Preservation in the United States: A National Legacy at Risk in the Digital Age. www.clir.org/pubs/abstract/pub148abst.html. Excellent work by Sam Brylawski and Rob Bamberger, now being picked up by AP, which notes "New digital recordings of events in U.S. history and early radio shows are at risk of being lost much faster than older ones on tape and many are already gone, according to a study on sound released Wednesday." AP also notes that the study finds "14 percent of commercially released recordings are available from rights holders."

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Home Media Preservation Guide – TAMI

From the Texas Archive of the Moving Image, some nice, straightforward guidance about preserving home movies.

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Online Video and the Future of Broadcasting