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2010-03-03 07:58:15

Dollars Won't Do It Alone: Deluge of Digital Data Needs Economically Sustainable Plans Addressing one of the most urgent societal challenges of the Information Age "“ ensuring that valued digital information will be accessible not just today, but in the future "“ requires solutions that are at least as much economic and social as technical, according to a new report by a Blue Ribbon Task Force. The Final Report from the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Sustainable Digital Preservation...

2010-01-26 14:45:00

WASHINGTON, Jan. 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On January 25, 2010, the National Archives announced in the Federal Register that filming, photographing, and videotaping by the public will be prohibited in all exhibition areas in the National Archives Building, Washington, DC, beginning February 25, 2010. The primary impetus for the new regulation was concern that the Charters of Freedom (the Declaration, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights) and other original documents on display in...

2009-10-07 08:00:00

DALLAS, Oct. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- BancTec, a global provider of advanced, high-volume, document and payment processing solutions and services, recently helped the Diocese of Austin, the Catholic Church of Central Texas, digitize its entire collection of sacramental records. The process, which lasted approximately one year and consisted of nearly 120,000 scanned images, was conducted in compliance with the sacramental records project, a preservation initiative first undertaken after the...

2009-03-12 12:34:00

Digitizing for Preservation and Access: Past is Prologue WASHINGTON, March 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In celebration of its 75th anniversary, the National Archives will host its annual preservation conference entitled Digitizing for Preservation and Access: Past is Prologue, on Thursday, March 26, 2009. Adrienne Thomas, Acting Archivist of the United States, and Dr. Michael J. Kurtz, Assistant Archivist, Office of Records Services, will provide opening remarks for the event. The...

2009-02-09 07:05:00

Struggling to protect historic treasures in tight financial circumstances, heritage experts fear accelerating deterioration due to climate change The growing relationship between scientists and curators is the focus of a 4-day, UN-affiliated international conference in Caracas designed to promote innovative ways to stem the decay of some of humanity's greatest art and cultural treasures. "With the world financial crisis and the advent of climate change effects, there is a state of emergency...

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2009-02-08 14:50:00

Although people entered the digital world years ago, a great number of human historical records did not make the transition. As a result, a vast amount of newspapers, scientific journals, court records, corporate documents, literature, film and other material, accumulated over hundreds of years, needed to be modified for computer databases.  And once there, it had to be positioned alongside newer, digital material in a way that would allow people to quickly find the information they...

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2008-02-20 10:30:00

Archivists at the University of Illinois Library believe they have built a better tool kit. Their new online collections management program called Archon has more than a few attractive features "“ not the least of which is that it was developed for "lone archivists with limited technological resources and knowledge," said Scott Schwartz, one of the developers of the software program and the archivist for music and fine arts at Illinois.The state-of-the-art tool also is free, adaptable...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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