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Knowledge Eater

July 22, 2012

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The NAGARA/CoSA Conference is over. It was a great conference. I met some wonderful people, visited with some old friends, and brushed up on digital initiatives/standards. As always, I am saving the best for last. Sometime this week I will post about the most interesting person I met. I spent some time talking with him about digital initiatives at the National Archives which will blow your mind! For tonight, here is an “in a nutshell” look at where my hours and thoughts were over the last few days.

  • The President’s Directive on Managing Government Records with Meg Phillips, Electronic Records Manager, National Archives and Records Administration
  • Hiring Electronic Records Archivists- What Expertise is Required with Professors and Archivists from Kansas and North Carolina
  • Electronic Records Roundtable
  • ISO 16363 Audit and Certification of Trustworthy Digital Repositories with Mark Conrad, Archives Specialist, National Archives and Records Administration and Archivists and Technology Specialists from Kentucky
  • Use of Public Records Laws to Bypass Discovery Rules with Records Managers from Ohio and Nevada and two Attorneys from New Mexico
  • Electronic Records Archives (ERA): Accomplishments and Lessons Learned with Meg Phillips, Electronic Records Manager, National Archives and Records Administration
  • 1940 Census: The Next Generation with Training Officers and Archivists from National Archives and Records Administration
  • Who Controls Where the Governors’ Papers Go with Archivists from Texas, Nevada and South Dakota
  • Redaction, Expungement and Sealing of Electronic Records with Attorneys, Administrators, and Records Managers from New Mexico, Tennessee, and Arizona

  • …………..NARA holds Congressional Records as a courtesy, but they do not have legal custody. I didn’t know that!
  • …………..At this time, ERA holds about 18TB of electronic Congressional Records that are not accessible to the public through NARA.
  • …………..At this time, ERA holds 246+TB of 2010 Census data, 34TB of Federal Records, and 80TB of Presidential Records.
  • …………..There were 550 Hard Drives from the George W. Bush Administration.
  • …………..George W. Bush changed the law to have his records sent to College Station instead of the State Archives.
  • …………..Georgia Tech developed sophisticated software to mull through data on hard drives allowing a 10% drop down to what actually needs to be addressed as a record.
  • …………..NARA is using open source solutions to manage digital information. Nice… Wooohooo!
  • …………..The Open Archives Information System (OAIS) Reference Model (Magenta Book– June 2012) is available at http://public.ccsds.org/publications/archive/650x0m2.pdf.
  • …………..Trustworthy Repositories Audit and Certification Checklist (TRAC) is available at http://www.crl.edu/sites/default/files/attachments/pages/trac_0.pdf.
  • …………..ISO 16363 self assessment template is available at www.iso16363.org.
  • …………..ISO 16363 is still the standard and defines a recommended practice for assessing the trustworthiness of digital repositories.
  • …………..Web ARChive file format (WARC) is still being used for web harvesting and digital preservation (ISO Standard).
  • …………..DuraCloud (with a combination of DSpace and Fedora) an open source platform and managed service that provides on-demand storage and services for digital content in the cloud.
  • …………..ACE (Auditing Control Environment) is being used for digital preservation.
  • …………..Lots of Copies Keeps Stuff Safe System (LOCKSS) is still being used. The system is open source and allows development and support for the preservation of and access to web based collections.
  • …………..Archivematica (open source) is a digital preservation system designed to maintain standards-based, long-term access to digital content.
  • …………..Commercial products being used included Tessella SDB, Preservica, and OCLC Digital Archive.
  • …………..Some states are restricting access to blue prints and building plans for security reasons.

Jessica, Isaiah, Felicia and Daryn at the Wise Fool Parade

May 9, 2012

Jessica, Isaiah, Felicia and Daryn – Growing a New Mindset at the Wise Fool Parade. The parade was intended to educate people about avoiding consumerism by giving nature and the world around us our attention and love. They also talked about investing in The People’s Bank or investing our knowledge, skills and love in people instead of investing in material things. Great message!!!
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Today my cousin Jessica sent me a Smilebox. It was such a cool thing to get. It reminded me that I had not yet posted about our fun day at the Railyard Park in Santa Fe. We went to see a puppet show by Wise Fool at the end of April, and it was a great day. We laughed so much while we were there. Jess and I joked about how Santa Fe may be the only place where you can catch an educational puppet show about consumerism and attention to nature (such a great message for kids), participate in a march for women, and see a fund raising walk all in the same day. During the march for women, one woman was waving a sign which read “women belong in the House and the Senate.” Nice… The boys had a chance to let out some energy at the park, and we had a picnic. I only wished more locals would heed the messages I embraced that day. Anyhow— thanks for the Smilebox Jess! You made my day….. 🙂

Print screen from the Smilebox my cousin Jessica sent me today.

 

Tales of the Dark Archivist Presentation_Part 1

May 7, 2012

Last night was the final event of the New Mexico Historical Society Conference. The 2012 conference was an homage to the road to statehood. Our great state became the 47th state in the Union in 1912 when President William Taft signed New Mexico’s statehood bill on January 6. That same year in Washington D.C., New Mexico’s first congressmen and senators were sworn into office. This year, the Historical Society Conference was excellent. I learned so much from everyone around me. That is one thing that I love about learning— you can never know enough! I had the chance to catch several wonderful presentations. The sessions I attended included: John Collier, the Indian New Deal, and New Mexico; New Mexico’s Constitutional Convention; New Mexico Foodways in History: Hispanic Communities; Culture in New Mexico; Archives and Territorial Tales; New Voices in the Story of New Mexico; and Colonial New Mexicans. These session titles do no justice to the unique presentation titles of each individual in the panel, but I will write about the ones I was taken with later. This is no joke when I say that I recorded over 13 GB of footage from the conference. How many times will New Mexico turn 100? 🙂 If you are interested in watching my 3 part— “weird” presentation, please feel free. I would like to post more footage from the conference as I pull it off my iPod and split the footage into segments (due to YouTube’s length restrictions).

Tales of the Dark Archivist Presentation_Part 2

May 7, 2012

Presentation of Tales of the Dark Archivist- New Mexico Statehood History Conference in Santa Fe, New Mexico- May 3 thru May 5, 2012

Tales of the Dark Archivist Presentation_Part 3

May 7, 2012

Presentation of Tales of the Dark Archivist- New Mexico Statehood History Conference in Santa Fe, New Mexico- May 3 thru May 5, 2012


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