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throwing $$$ at the legal fees to establish a flexible and generally favorable Fair Use copyright landscape is the best thing Google ever did, and I look forward to using it against them

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:


Come join me in the Valley 🥳

birdsite link, working group recruitment 

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


weird though, I would swear that I've been watching MKV files on Firefox through my Plex server; need to check if there's a transcode going on that I'm not aware of

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

also, I should clarify, my issue with web archives is not a shot at any current practitioner or program in any way, shape, or form, but a critique of a heritage system that has and continues to massively underestimate the resources necessary to do what ppl want it to do

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)

tl;dr fewer oral histories with older white men, more protection and leveraging of the considerable resources we already have, more time and space for exploration, troubleshooting and research baked into everyone's jobs, plz

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

For the past year or so I'd been feeling like Discord was my major tech platform blind spot, but I guess I'm good now

TIL that some NFTs are being sold in "open editions", which just means that they are available for unlimited sales over a restricted amount of time (e.g. 10 minutes, and that results in however many purchases)


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!!!

Yay it works though!

It's best practice to set up your station right next to the litter box right

Finally setting back up my video digitization equipment in the new apartment, so since it's been over a year of course that means I am in a hellhole of troubleshooting Blackmagic drivers

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