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Ed Pinsent

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Does your organisation have a storage problem? [White Paper]

Here is an extract from Ed Pinsent's recent White Paper, "Is your organisation using its storage wisely?" The paper may be of interest to archivists, records managers, network admins, or anyone who worries that the departmental shared drives are...

Nov 10, 2017

Topic: Digital Preservation, IT and Digital

Archival storage and detachable AIPs

A belated reflection on another aspect of PASIG17 from me today. I wish to consider aspects of “storage” which emerged from the three days of the conference.

Oct 26, 2017

Topic: Digital Preservation

PASIG17 reflections: archivist skills & digital preservation

Any discussion that includes “digital preservation” and “traditional archivist skills” in the same sentence always interests me. This reflects my own personal background (I trained as an archivist) but also my conviction that the skills of an...

Sep 18, 2017

Topic: Fairs and Events, Digital Preservation

Conference on web-archiving, part 3: Albany and web-archives as Institutional Records

In my last in this series of blog posts about IIPC 2017, I'll look at the work of Gregory Wiedeman at Albany SUNY.

Jul 14, 2017

Topic: Digital Preservation, IT and Digital

Conference on web-archiving, part 2: Ian Milligan and his derived datasets

Web-archiving is a relatively young side of digital archiving, yet it has already established a formidable body of content across the world, a large corpus of materials that could be mined by researchers and historians to uncover interesting...

Jul 10, 2017

Topic: Digital Preservation, IT and Digital

Conference on web-archiving: reconciling two curation methods

One of the first things I did in digital preservation was a long-term web-archiving project, so I have long felt quite close to the subject. I was very pleased to attend this year’s IIPC conference in Senate House in London, which this year...

Jul 07, 2017

Topic: Digital Preservation

Critical thinking when learning about digital preservation

In this post I want to discuss “critical thinking” in the context of the Digital Preservation Training Programme (DPTP) and the new DPTP Online 2017.  

Jun 20, 2017

Topic: Digital Preservation

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 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