CoSector Blog

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...

Jul 26, 2018

Topic: Digital Preservation, Research Data

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

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

Web-Archiving: 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

Web-Archiving: Ian Milligan and His Derived Data-sets

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

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 the 2017 IIPC conference in Senate House, London, which this year combined...

Jul 07, 2017

Topic: Digital Preservation

The Future is Hybrid: The Hybrid Archivist

The term ‘hybrid’ is most often used to describe a library or archive collection that is a mix of digital and analogue content. Originally, ‘hybrid’ seemed to be a transition stage, with the assumption being that one day, all content would be...

Jul 05, 2017

Topic: Digital Preservation, IT and Digital

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 DPTP Online.

Jun 20, 2017

Topic: Digital Preservation

When is it a Good Time for a File Format Migration?

When we taught the subject of file format migration, we advanced the idea that migration, although one of the oldest and best-understood methods of enacting digital preservation, can still carry risks of loss.

May 22, 2017

Topic: Digital Preservation