For Digital Preservation Coalition members, there’s a draft of Pragmatic Audiovisual Preservation, a report I wrote for archivists getting started with all things a/v (it’ll be out in the public in Jan.):

For most of this year, @zwol and I have been working on a pretty ambitious project:
* to make a fresh release of GNU Autoconf, a crucial #FLOSS build tool that hadn't had a new release since 2012
* to get paid for that
* to help put Autoconf on a more sustainable footing so it doesn't have to get rescued again a little while down the road

Autoconf 2.70 is due out next month, and you can read my fresh LWN story about the rejuvenation & what's next:

Indymedia reboot

Need some help to find online openweb conferences. Do you have any links for online events were we can present the #indymedia reboot video and do the Q&A to keep the momentum up. Am not finding any as they seem to be organized inside filter bubbles, let's cross the bubbles .

Please BOOST to other bubbles for a working NEWS part of the fedivers.

I am really excited that the first in our series of "EaaSI training modules" is live!


This is going to be one of my favorite things to work on for the next two (?!) years. It is a challenge to break down our technical and conceptual software preservation concerns to the most bite-sized and visual explanations possible, but figuring it out is extremely my shit.

Back into blogging and I wrote a thing.

CW: mild incidental climate mention, minor swears, conservatism.

Hello!! I am conducting a panel about this open access paper about workplace dissatisfaction amongst digital preservation practitioners with my co-authors.

Since the panel is pre-recorded, we wanted to get "audience" questions ahead of time to answer!!

This is the paper:

I would be soooo grateful if anyone wanted to send me any questions about the paper. Things you disagreed with, things you want us to expand on, etc!


Oracle vs Google (a software copyright case that has huge implications for preservation and freedom being heard in the Supreme Court) oral arguments being streamed now:

if Adobe just gives us the source code / arcane magic for basically every macromedia app we might be able to preserve the digital 2000s.

I wrote a piece about the barriers to using ISBNs as Persistent Identifiers for the British Library Digital Scholarship blog:

(Please forgive me for having fun with the clickbait title!)

I think it takes more than a handful of (niche) voices to define a common language.

I wish I was better at constructive disagreement but right now I just want to scream.

LIS friends, what open access journals in our field do you think would be amenable to a piece on reproducibility in qualitative research? it's an effort to disrupt the normative idea that qual research can't be reproducible, tho that reproducibility looks different from quant studies

The two texts that we'll be reading from the most are Trevor Owens' Theory and Craft of Digital Preservation and Catherine D'Ignazio and Lauren F. Klein's Data Feminism.

Data Feminism is available online at but it is a truly beautiful book, and well worth purchasing a copy of to see in its full color and wide format.

In homage to XKCD 2347 I created a little command line utility xkcd2347 which prints out the dependencies for a project that's on GitHub. You can use it as a little Python library too:

TIL that in Excel on a Mac it's safer to use csv "comma separated values" than "CSV UTF-8 (Comma delimited)" if you want compatibility with csv-parsing applications.

This captures my experience with emulation back when I was a digital archivist doing that sort of thing:

"It is incredibly resource-intensive for information institutions with limited operating budgets, the breadth of technical expertise needed is high for working professionals, and user demand for accessing obsolete software from collections is still unproven."


[pdf link via softwarepreservationnetwork.or ]

y'all hear the news about Docker?

Docker is gonna start deleting images that haven't been pushed/pulled in an amount of time specified **in your subscription plan**

is there a container registry **not** affiliated with a product or company? where's the fedi-project for open + decentralized registry? because I have not found one

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