I'm often jealous of TBM conservators for the way those jobs generally encourage one to sit down and figure out *one* weird digital object/artwork at a time, but this is a place general archivists will have the sanity advantage
As long you find a USB-C cable, it's prob not going to matter much to get data off a hard drive or whatever, but you *know* some monster is out there designing a Nam June Paik-ish installation piece that requires 500 Thunderbolt 4-only 4K monitors
NYU Web Publishing blocked public access to Savannah Campbell's old student blog (i mean I get locking her out from the admin controls after graduating, I guess, but lolwut?) so I worked with her and Ben Turkus to get the content back and up on The Patch Bay. Some really nice posts about video deck repair and maintenance!
First one here, links through to the other two:
All the fuss over the Space Jam website over the weekend but do people realize that much of Universal's promotional site for The Lost World: Jurassic Park is still up?
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
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