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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...

2010-02-08 09:02:00

KALAMAZOO, Mich., Feb. 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The second of three workshops aimed at teaching contractors to repair wood windows begins today in Kalamazoo and continues through February 19. In Michigan, 20 percent of the housing dates from before 1950, therefore, a number of houses have wooden double hung windows. With the current emphasis on energy efficiency, many people consider replacing wood windows. This, plus the need to retrain workers converged to convince the city of...

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...

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2009-12-02 15:33:55

Scientists may not be able to tell a good book by its cover, but they now can tell the condition of an old book by its smell. In a report in ACS' Analytical Chemistry, a semi-monthly journal, they describe development of a new test that can measure the degradation of old books and precious historical documents based on their smell. The nondestructive "sniff" test could help libraries and museums preserve a range of prized paper-based objects, some of which are degrading rapidly due to...

2009-10-21 13:06:31

Museums are increasingly seeking help from chemists in an effort to understand and preserve the artistic and cultural heritage of the treasures in their collections. That's the topic of the cover story in the current issue of Chemical & Engineering News, ACS' weekly newsmagazine. C&EN News Editor William Schultz points out that scientists have done research on art museum collections since at least the 1930s. Over the past 30 years, many museums have been adding scientists to their...

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...

2009-05-06 07:05:00

NEWPORT, R.I., May 6 /PRNewswire/ -- The Digital Ark has launched an e-commerce web site, The Digital Ark Store (http://www.TheDigitalArkStore.com), which offers online sales of historical and cultural images as archival prints and downloadable digital files. These images represent the vast and diverse visual collections of The Digital Ark's clients, which include museums, libraries, historical and preservation societies, photographers, artists, and educational institutions. Every purchase...

2009-04-27 09:00:00

BEIJING, April 27 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- Himfr.com (http://www.frbiz.com/inventory-tracking/ ), one of China's leading B2B search platforms with more than 30 B2B industry websites to its name, reports on two types of refrigerators that are hot on sale. Siemens refrigerators in the domestic market have a very high share. In consumers' hearts, choosing Siemens means choosing quality and trust. Today, himfr.com recommends two types of best-selling three-door refrigerators for your...

2009-03-19 09:08:00

TAMPA, Fla., March 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Mortgage Contracting Services (MCS), a property preservation and inspection services provider, today announced it has been awarded a contract with U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) to perform property preservation work for the government. Each year, GSA manages approximately $56 billion worth of contracting dollars in providing its government customers with goods and services including property management and historic property preservation....

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...


Word of the Day
endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'kardia,' heart.
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