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  • Lola Galla 4:00 am on February 12, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: cartography, disaster reduction and recovery, gfdrr, haiti data, open data, open data for resilience initiative, OPENDRI, world bank   

    I came across the  Open Data for Resilience Initiative, a global partnership that seeks to build data sharing programs along with the capacity and tools to use data to make more informed decisions, that is working on implementation in 25 countries. I came across it at work while I was looking for Haiti data, specifically in terms of Haiti-specific geo-spatial information, data and knowledge sources. The data can be used for many purposes: establishing baseline data, conducting risk assessments, planning, project monitoring, and tracking progress. This site is intended to facilitate more effective support to the country’s rehabilitation, recovery and longer- term sustainable development.

    If you want to peruse through Haiti’s cartography collection; http://haitidata.org/maps/search

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  • Erin Murphy 6:20 am on April 27, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Everyone remembers Friendster, right? Looks like it may be time to start that personal archiving project:
    Friendster to Erase Early Posts and Old Photos

    • Megan Rulli 5:40 pm on May 2, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I am prepared to start our radical personal archiving collective!

      This article is a fantastic example of how ill-prepared we are to preserve our own cultural objects. The article quotes a Friendster user who had admittedly not used the site in several years but was emotionally disturbed by the news: “It reflected a particular moment in time in our lives.” The materials may include embarrassing photos of users drunkenly dancing, but these materials are culturally-telling. They represent our Internet culture that posts personal information with no regard for the consequences. It is important to recognize and capture our culture’s growing sense of anonymity and our precarious Internet etiquette. Friendster’s user information will be treated like spam and not like the snapshot of culture that it is.

      How do we place such trust in similar companies and their storage services? It amazes me that we tend to assume that our digitally-born materials are immune to loss, like my high school photo albums that are safely stored in my parents’ home. While a storm or fire could easily destroy my albums, it is doubtful that my parents would let me know that they plan on throwing them out next week (fingers crossed).

      The article refers to Friendster information as “a time capsule with snapshots of who they [users] once were. It is a version of their history that is not in a scrapbook or dusty shoebox but is live on the Web — for now.” It is frightening to think that at any moment, companies like Google could disappear, along with the majority of our digitally-born materials that we have confidently stored in the cloud.

  • Michael Hollitscher 12:46 pm on February 16, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    I’ve been going through the Metadata Working Group specs here:
    The consortium of companies in the group are responsible for a good deal of the consumer and professional devices that might be used for creating, manipulating, or storing digital images, so it has a good deal of bearing on what we’re discussing.
    You can download their specifications document, which is good to look at and consider how their standards compare and contrast, as well as augment or potentially clash with the Getty documents or other standards we’ve read.

  • AccountKiller 11:32 pm on February 15, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , personal information management   

    For whoever is doing personal archiving for their final project: Download presentation, papers, etc. at the site for the First International Forum on the Application and Management of Personal Electronic Information:


  • Graduate Assistant 6:30 pm on April 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Internet Archive | Wayback Machine
    I went on a search to find an internet website archive (this pertains to my previous post about preservation of websites) and came across this internet archive. The amount of information on here is incredible, there are projects pertaining to the internet, moving images, texts, audio…theres a lot to explore!
    Heres the link: http://www.archive.org/web/web.php

    • Susannah Broyles 6:39 pm on April 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Hey Dina,

      Another site you might want to explore is the National Library of Australia’s Pandora Web Archive. they’ve been preserving Australian websites since the late 1990’s and have a massive collections of sites filled with Australian content.

      You can find it here: http://pandora.nla.gov.au/

  • Graduate Assistant 2:40 pm on March 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Preservation   

    Report on the Preservation of World Cultural Heritage

    Washington, DC-The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the Salzburg Global Seminar announce release of the report, “Connecting to the World’s Collections: Making the Case for Conservation and Preservation of Our Cultural Heritage” based on a seminar held in
    Salzburg, Austria, October 28-November 1, 2009. The seminar, part of the IMLS’s multi-year initiative on collections care, Connecting to Collections: A Call to Action, explored global themes related to
    conservation and preservation, including international needs, issues, perspectives, and accomplishments.

    The report includes practical recommendations to ensure optimal collections conservation worldwide and the Salzburg Declaration on the Conservation and Preservation of Cultural, which was passed by 60
    participants hailing from 32 countries. The session combined presentations by leading experts in conservation and preservation throughout the world with small working groups tasked to make
    recommendations for future action in key areas, including emergency preparedness, education and training, public awareness, new preservation approaches, and assessment and planning. To access these resources, click here: http://www.salzburgglobal.org/2009/News.cfm?IDMedia=52858.

    “Connecting to the World’s Collections: Making the Case for Conservation and Preservation of Our Cultural Heritage” is available in PDF format at http://www.imls.gov/pdf/SGS_Report.pdf.

  • Graduate Assistant 11:02 pm on March 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Hey class! Head over to the Course Website to see the quick tutorial on changing your display name on wordpress – please take a minute to do it sometime this week!

  • Graduate Assistant 6:59 pm on March 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    In case any of you are having issues with Controlled Vocabulary or Getty Thesauri or were intrigued by CONA. I found some really good PowerPoints for all those topics and more……here


  • Graduate Assistant 9:35 pm on January 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

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