There are the usual digital archivist job posting things that give me pause here, but my wife works for Five Colleges Inc and pretty closely with this unit, and says Smith is up to some exciting stuff (and is/has been hiring other staff and diverting resources to make sure this person is supported). Happy to put in touch for any inside-baseball questions if anyone's interested:
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birdsite link, working group recruitment
ugh, I really don't need another volunteer committee/working group commitment in my life, but I'm really stoked BitCurator Consortium is putting this together:
I bet some super cool stuff can happen with the BitCurator distro just with a few people clearly defined to guide and pull in changes! maybe other folks here have capacity (hah)
This was a hard one! The latest EaaSI training module (attempts) to explain Emulation-as-a-Service as a platform/software stack, and some of the key pieces and tweaks the EaaSI program has made to it
TIL Firefox doesn't actually support in-browser MKV playback, it has to be WebM?
Seriously though, why, when faced with the fact that no one wants to pay for the time + effort for their staff to learn new tech skills ("old" technology/equipment is a super-terrible way to frame this, if it's a skill or system someone hasn't used before, it's *new*), do we always go "record an oral history!"
YouTube already exists, folks
I wrote a blog post on this topic for DPC a couple years back, though in revisiting it I would add something about working *in collaboration and care* with the communities mentioned, as the archivists in Sweden did (and, to their own admission, it required LOTS OF TIME)
OPF had a good discussion led by the national archives of Sweden in a webinar "A Call to Help: collecting obsolete equipment and playback devices" this morning.
Made me think (with even more conviction) that the "loss" of expertise with older tech is not really a loss at all, it's 1) a misunderstanding of how tech knowledge has always been gained (through time + practice) and 2) an utter failure of search and discovery systems, esp for web archives
birdsite link, software copyright
Science Stories is just about the coolest mix of leveraging linked open data + Wikidata to tell, fill in, and identify gaps in socio-cultural narratives I've ever seen:
I've taken my mid-2012 MacBook Pro, pulled out the optical drive and replaced it with a new SSD system drive. What macOS do I run to make it the best digitization/transfer station? Model compatibility maxes out at Catalina, any reason to hesitate and stick with an older version, or just go for what gives me security updates for longest?
I'm returning to some stuff I rescued from my grandma's closet a couple years back and the first thing I popped in is apparently a recording of an older woman, who I vaguely vaguely recall from my babyhood, narrating over a '20s-era silent film that "tells the story" of the town in Central MA where we all lived in the '90s and that I now live next to.
The silent film as you can imagine is colonialist and problematic AF but there are like three different layers of oral history happening here!!!
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