Just wanted to announce that the 2011 Horizon Report>Museum Edition has gone to press (and was officially launched at MCN in Atlanta last week). Follow this link to a page where you can a) download the report, or b) watch a >4 minute video which gives a brief overview of the six technologies featured in [...]
If you notice, as I have noticed, that organizations our size represent the “long tail” of our planet’s documented/preserved cultural history then this also means that for the first time we aren’t reliant on a few large museums gathering physical stuff into one place for access to this richness.
The First Sale doctrine is one of those modest little sub-paragraphs buried in the copyright law whose importance far outweighs its length. It says, in brief, that you own what you’ve bought. Couldn’t be more obvious, right? Think again. There’s a reason it ended up in the copyright statute. Vernor v. Autodesk is a case [...]
The American Library Association will launch its first Preservation Week May 9-15, 2010. This year’s theme is “Pass It On: Saving Heritage and Memories.” Ideas for participation can be found on the ALA website: http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/alcts/confevents/preswk/index.cfm.
Google’s secret, patented book scanning process revealed? Yeah, maybe. Still, it’s interesting to read about; lots of illustrations. And I was struck by the thought that working as a book scan operator — page-flipper, actually — must be the high-tech equivalent of working in a sweat shop. Read the whole article to get the Pavlovian [...]
Looking for something else entirely today, I stumbled across this 2007 blog post by Georgia Harper on “a post-copyright era” for digital preservation. It’s provocative: “I’ve begun more and more to believe that for some things libraries need to do for the future, they just need to be done without much concern for what the [...]
At last fall’s MCN conference, and again at Museums on the Web this spring, I spoke about work that the Jewish Women’s Archive is doing to set up its own repository using open source software. The basic repository we built uses Fedora with the lightest interface imaginable (ActiveFedora)–all we could afford on our own–and is [...]
Okay, this is really going to date me, but here goes. I’m probably one of five people on the planet who noticed that PC Magazine has dropped its print edition. I note it only out of nostalgia (and nostalgia isn’t what it used to be, anyway). Somewhere back in what now seems like the Chalcolithic [...]
From the Los Angeles Times VHS era is winding down The last big supplier of the tapes is ditching the format, ending the long fade-out of a product that ushered in the home theater. By Geoff Boucher December 22, 2008 Pop culture is finally hitting the eject button on the VHS tape, the once-ubiquitous home-video [...]
I’m not seeing much blogging about MCN2008. (I suspect because, as usual, too many of us are having too good a time networking and attending sessions, abetted by the rather unfortunate lack of technical facilities–wireless, comes to mind–that would often be present at a gathering of, uh, techies. Expect some changes as we prepare for [...]