I think I can speak for all of us residents when I say we’ve had a busy – and exciting – December.
Earlier this month, we took a resident road trip up to Hanover, New Hampshire for the New England regional Code4Lib conference, which was hosted at Dartmouth University. We had a great time and learned a lot. We also had some fantastic gelato! I’d go back to Hanover just for that gelato…
Fellow residents Alice and Jeff presented and gave a really fantastic overview on what digital preservation is and how to get started. They did a great job of explaining things in a way that was easy to understand and comprehensive.
Stefanie and I presented on how to build a better digital preservation community. We discussed the pros and cons of current methods of communication among professionals (list-servs, Twitter, blogs). To summarize: Pros: There’s a lot out there. Cons: Sometimes it’s hard to find what you need, sometimes it feels like there’s too much out there, and sometimes it feels like the same voices are speaking over and over. We also suggested some possible alternatives (resource-sharing websites, Meetups).
We then opened it up to discussion about ways to build community and got some really great feedback from the audience. Someone suggested that maybe there should be a central directory of all resources, but then that raises the question: Who would maintain it? Someone suggested that the app Slack could be a good method of communication and mentioned that there’s an NE Code4Lib Slack. Someone else made a good point, saying that perhaps it’s a good thing that there are so many resources and methods of communication, because that’s evidence of a strong community. People seemed very interested in the idea of having meet-ups, and we are hoping to plan an informal meet-up in the next couple of months…stay tuned for more information!
In other news, we had the host event here at Harvard yesterday. For those not familiar, each institution in NDSR has a host event during one month of the year. It’s an opportunity for us all to come together. I worked with Kristen and Andrea to plan it, and we decided that, with it being so close to the holidays, everyone might enjoy a nice NDSR Holiday party. So, we had snacks, as well as digital preservation-related crafts and carols!
If you would like to make your own digital preservation holiday crafts, I’ve included pictures below as a guide. As you can see, we have a binary garland chain – To make it, you simply cut out 1’s and 0’s out of construction paper, cut little holes in them, and string them together. I would recommend looking up what one letter is in binary – if you try to do multiple letters, it might take you a while.
We also have a three-legged stool ornament, both 3D-style and flat.
Finally, to spread digital-preservation cheer, consider singing some of these carols, which I re-wrote to celebrate all aspects of digital preservation, from OAIS to obsolescence:
Happy holidays to everyone! Please let me know in comments if you end up singing any of the carols. You know you want to! As my friend Buddy the Elf says, the best way to spread digital preservation cheer is singing loud for all to hear!