New tool klaxon red alert! First public pre-release of tapeimgr, a simple tape imaging and extraction tool (GUI + CLI). Details here:

Python-based tape extraction tool (GUI + CLI) is shaping up nicely (code will follow once I've sorted out some remaining details) ....

Last fall I wrote a bunch of Apache Tika mimetype patterns for detecting various versions of Lotus 1-2-3 and Quattro Pro spreadsheets. Almost forgot about this, then I just saw they're finally merged into Tika's master branch

this rings so true omg "Contrary to common belief, the volume of face-to-face interaction decreased significantly (approx. 70%) in [two field studies transitions to open office plans], with an associated increase in electronic interaction. In short, rather than prompting increasingly vibrant face-to-face collaboration, open architecture appeared to trigger a natural human response to socially withdraw from officemates and interact instead over email and IM." rstb.royalsocietypublishing.or

Does anyone have any thoughts advice on how to crawl a website from localhost with wget, while preserving all files in the source directory? More context here:

Thanks @joe for writing this incredibly useful FRED guide Looks like a must-read resource for anyone working on reading/imaging born-digital content from old media!

Semi-stealth launch of a new digpres blog from me.
It's hosted on github pages so if you have any suggestions, contact me or log an issue on the repo.

For those interested in the omSipCreator tool (which creates ingest-ready SIPS with METS files from batches of optical media images), I did some major refactoring on the code and added some more documentation. All available at is a space for folks interested in productive conversations about, well, digital preservation! If you enjoy talking about how to do memory work with computers, or even with cardboard boxes of old photos, you belong with us on Many of us are/were Twitter users looking for an inclusive and community supported approach to social media. If any of these things sound good to you, consider joining us now.