After my whirlwind tour across the middle of the United States via I-35, I have landed at my parent’s house in Minneapolis where it is about 10-20 degrees cooler than Texas and a heckuvalot* wetter. Never fear, Digital Projects cat is still present and enjoying his new territory that he’s wrested from the dog. Cats rule, dogs and cats both drool in this house.
In more relevant news, Digital Preservation Resources! I got some suggestions from the audience and went to a session about the preservation life cycle and tested some new and interesting things that I am excited to share with y’all!^
- Want to know about other people’s experiences with tools? Check out the Openplanetsfoundation blog. Lots of good experiential reports about tools and critiques.
- In addition to the National Archives of Australia and New Zealand’s tools, have a look at the National Archives in the UK. They have DROID which is Xena and Manifest Maker combined.
- The Metaarchive initative has a library of technical documents for your perusal. I would specifically recommend their documentation on life cycle management tools.
- The University of Minnesota seems to be working on a very interesting and large scale digital preservation effort. Keep your eyes out for that in the near future.
I have a few other posts in the works, and now that life has settled a bit more, I plan on posting on a more regular basis. Let this be a lesson to you: Never start a blog two weeks out from losing your job and moving across the country if you plan to have a good initial posting schedule.
*An Upper-Midwest term for an excessive amount of whatever you have a heckuvalot of. In this case, rain. It has rained for a week out here. Also, there are a heckuvalot of lakes in Minnesota.
^You can take the Librarian/Archivist from Texas, but you can’t get the Texas out of the Librarian/Archivist. At least not completely.