Category Archive: perception

Aug 04 2015

About the black hole…

This blog is reposted from one that originally appeared at http://drewvandecreek.blogspot.com/ on July 31, 2015.

This is funny.

In the course of preparing an article with my colleague Jaime Schumacher I came across Ross Harvey’s “So Where’s the Black Hole in our Collective Memory?: A Provocative Position Paper” (January, 2008), which suggests that the digital preservation community has …

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May 30 2015

POWRR + daily life

IWU DP flowchart

With the work of POWRR ended and workshops about our findings continuing, I find myself with no remaining excuses…time to get down to POWRRing on in my own world! May was a busy month for sharing my recommendations. I wrote out the complete thought processes behind my decisions in a recently published case study. And …

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May 02 2014

Post-workshop question: How to quantify projected data growth

An illustration of the rapid growth rate of data with storage growth trends following

In response to a question from her supervisor, a recent workshop participant asked how to guesstimate the amount – in numbers – of data she would need to store per week.

My reply was that it’s hard to estimate amounts of new material you might need to store in the future until you decide what …

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May 02 2014

What can we reasonably accomplish?

In a previous post about acquiring digital content, Stacey mentioned that we often “take it all in, the good shepherds that we are. We build systems and websites that can do nifty things.” Stacey’s post was a cautionary tale, and others have expressed these concerns, too. Now I’ll add my voice to it.

I’m a …

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Dec 30 2013

An e-records’ transfer tale

In mid-December I received my first-ever completely electronic records transfer from a student organization. The group’s faculty advisor attended two of my campus presentations this year and followed up with a request for a one-on-one meeting to talk about their specific kinds of records. Before the end of the semester a student leader of the …

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Oct 04 2013

4 Ds and an M

A long sentence into a mathematical equation that resonates.

I gave a 45 minute presentation on digital preservation to about 50 faculty and administrators on my campus recently. When running into some of them since then, the thing that’s proven to be memorable is a mathematical description I created for DP and shortened to “4 Ds and 1 M.”

In preparation for my talk …

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May 13 2013

A little soul-baring

In our regular conference call this month I was venting, yet again, about all the trouble I have with people not being critical about 1) what digital content they create, and 2) how we can possibly save it all. These obstacles seem insurmountable. My colleagues challenged me to write about this frustration so here goes. …

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Apr 03 2013

Do it anyway.

 

I’ve been thinking about this song lately. Not just because I’m a fan of the Muppets and enjoy Ben Folds (although both of these things are absolutely true).

But because keeping up with digital preservation, all of the tech, all of the news, all of the projects is hard.

I just want to …

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Oct 09 2012

Do we like to assume that people think about digital preservation?

My oldest book as a kid was one that had been given to me by a dear friend of my grand-parents. It was a large book with a few photographs and thick pages, published in 1867. I still have it today on a shelf. I pick it once in a while to read a few …

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