CoSector Blog

Ed Pinsent

Recent Posts

When is it a good time for a file format migration?

We’re teaching a one-day course on file format migration in June. The course will advance the idea that migration, although one of the oldest and best-understood methods of enacting digital preservation, can still carry risks of loss. To mitigate...

May 22, 2017

Topic: Digital Preservation

The meaning of curation: data curation

Unlike the meaning of the term archive, I think curation is a 'doing' word that describes the actions of an information professional working with content or resources. The term has been applied to many sectors recently, and I sense its meaning...

Mar 29, 2017

Topic: Digital Preservation, Research Data

The meaning of the term archive

In this blog post I should like to disambiguate uses of the word “archive”. I have found the term is often open to misunderstandings and misinterpretation. Since I come from a traditional archivist background, I will begin with a definition whose...

Mar 20, 2017

Topic: Digital Preservation

How to capture and preserve electronic newsletters in HE and beyond

This blog post is based on a real-world case study. It happens to have come from a UK Higher Education institute, but the lessons here could feasibly apply to anyone wishing to capture and preserve electronic newsletters.

Mar 10, 2017

Topic: Digital Preservation, Higher Education, IT and Digital

Dynamic links – what do they mean for digital preservation?

Today I’d like to think about the subject of dynamic links. I’m hoping to start off in a document management context, but it also opens up questions from a digital preservation point of view. 

Feb 22, 2017

Topic: Digital Preservation, IT and Digital

Research datasets: lockdown or snapshot?

In today’s blog post we’re going to talk about digital preservation planning in the context of research data. We’re planning a one-day course for research data managers, where we can help with making preservation planning decisions that intersect...

Jan 18, 2017

Topic: Digital Preservation, IT and Digital

Pros and cons of the JPEG2000 format for a digitisation project

When it comes to selecting file formats for a digitisation project, choosing the right ones may help with continuity and longevity, or even access to the content. It all depends on the type of resource, or your needs, or the needs of your users.

Jan 11, 2017

Topic: Digital Preservation, IT and Digital

Metadata creation for digitisation: counting the costs

Speaking as a traditional archivist, I love cataloguing. I never thought I’d find myself having to justify cataloguing work, but given that it’s possible to attach a cost to everything these days, I find it is a serious consideration.

Jan 09, 2017

Topic: Digital Preservation, IT and Digital

Scan once for all purposes…. some cautionary tales

The acronym SOAP – Scan Once For All Purposes – has evolved over time among digitisation projects, and it’s a handy way to remember a simple rule of thumb: don’t scan content until you have a clear understanding of all the intended uses that will...

Jan 02, 2017

Topic: Digital Preservation, IT and Digital

Things to consider before undertaking a digitisation project

Counter-intuitive as it may seem, this blog post will try and advance the idea that embarking on a project to digitise your paper collections isn’t always a great idea. This isn’t to say you should abandon the idea completely, but we would...

Dec 23, 2016

Topic: Digital Preservation, IT and Digital