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It's About Time: Research Challenges in Digital Archiving and Long-term Preservation

The Library of Congress and the National Science Foundation hosted a workshop to identify specific research challenges associated with long-term preservation of digital content. As detailed in the published report, the workshop identified a number of priority areas for research into new models, methodologies, and tools for digital preservation. Download the Full PDF Here.

Looking at history in 3-D

Spiffy Vancouver Sun article on a new technique that enables archivists to look at film footage in 3-D.
"The Holcus effect" uses unique lenses that allow viewers to look at two simultaneously running sets of unaltered two-dimensional film footage -- running a few frames apart -- and have their brain convert this information into a 3-D image.

Ryerson U. teams with photo museum for masters program

Sam King points us "this story from CBC News online about a newly created, master's program in photographic preservation. Ryerson University has teamed up with world-renowned photography museum, the George Eastman House for this first-of-a-kind endeavour.

The museum, with its collection of more than 400,000 photos, will provide students an excellent resource in which to learn the trade. "There's not only a need for people who make photographs," said Ryerson professor Robert Burley. "There's a new requirement for, I guess you'd call them information managers, people who can manage not only virtual collections, but object-based collections as well."

Hmmm. I guess you could call them librarians.

- Sam"

Precious Iraq relics found in cesspool

CNN has the story about two recovered items that were looted from Baghdad's main museum.

The Akkadian Bassetki, a copper statue of a seated man dating from 2300 BC, and an ancient Assyrian firebox that a king would have used to keep himself warm were recovered by police investigators, the authorities said Thursday.

The Bassetki statue is considered the most important of Iraq's ancient artworks after the so-called Warka Mask of a Sumerian goddess, recovered earlier this year.

"As far as I can tell their condition is OK, although they still need a bit of cleaning up," Russell said.

Web pages and e-books to be saved for nation

A little blurb in the UK's Telegraph about the Legal Deposit Libraries Act, which entitles six depository libraries copies of electronic publications, when they differ significantly from the print. So what about publications that are online only?

Chris Mole, the MP who sponsored the legislation as a Private Member's Bill, said: "We must ensure that the 21st century is not written about in future centuries as a new Dark Age where significant data and records are missing because certain formats were not collected and saved for posterity."

Picasso's legendary piles of paper

Charles Davis writes: "from
Yahoo UK:

Pablo Picasso may well
have been one of the artistic giants of the
20th century, but he was also one of the
century's mightiest hoarders of minutia.
"Why should I throw away what's been
good enough to fall into my hands?" he
once said.

At his death in 1973, hundreds of cardboard boxes crammed
with old papers and thousands of letters tied in batches with bits
of string -- not to mention more than 20,000 art works collected
over a lifetime -- were handed over to the museums and archives
made guardians of the Picasso legacy.

Thus the Picasso museum in Paris has more than 15,000 of his
photographs, some 2,000 postcards, 900-odd birthday cards
from 1961 when he turned 80, hundreds of visiting cards, 130
tailors' bills, tickets to bullfights, shopping-lists, priceless
doodles, etc.

These, along with circus tickets, newspaper clippings
chronicling the great events of the century and letters and notes
from some of the biggest names in art, literature and music of
the time are on show at a just-opened exhibit at the Picasso
Museum, entitled "We Are What We Keep" that runs until
January 1"

Bodleian helps re-create 12th-century herb garden

Charles Davis writes: "from
ic Liverpool:

MEDIEVAL monks used
herbs to treat ailments
such as rickets and TB
centuries before the
discovery of modern drugs
like penicillin.

Now, 800 years later,
research has allowed
gardeners at a Cheshire
monastery to recreate a
12th-century medical herb
garden for the first time.
Academics from Oxford University and experts from Kew Gardens
used ancient manuscripts stored in the Bodleian Library to ensure
authenticity.

Letter from Liz I, other Archival Material up for Auction

Charles Davis writes "The Herald (UK) reports on the auction of archival material, including a letter written by Elizabeth I which sheds new light on her doomed relationship with Mary Queen of Scots. In the nearly illegible 5 pages, Elizabeth expresses outrage over Mary's imprisonment on an island in Loch Leven in 1567. The letter is from one of the world's finest collections of British documents, covering almost 1000 years of history. The archive, estimated to be worth £2m, is the property of Americans Harry and Birgitte Spiro.
The Christie's auction, which will take place in London on December 3, involves 160 items from the collection."

Sotheby's to sell rare occult book collection

LISNews British Correspondent Charles Davis writes: "Story at
The Guardian:

Books from one of the most eccentric collections in the country are being sold to settle some of the collector's debts.

The Sotheby's auction next month will include around 600 books, mainly on witchcraft and the occult: a tiny part of the vast library of
the late artist Robert Lenkiewicz.

It includes a 17th century spotter's guide to witches and demons, by Joseph Glanvill. His Saducismus Triumphatus was a desperate
attempt to convince sceptics that ghosts and demons were all too real, and included the first-hand evidence of one Elizabeth Styles
that the devil had appeared to her 'in the shape of a handsome Man and after of a black Dog. Then he promised her money, and that
she should live gallantly, and have the pleasure of the world for 12 years, if she would with her blood sign his paper'"

Letters show Lady Nelson capable of love after all.

Charles Davis writes: "Unlike Emma Hamilton she never whipped off her knickers to dance on dining tables - but Lord Nelson's wife, Frances, was not the
dry old shrew that history has painted her either.

A lost hoard of Lady Nelson's piteous letters about her errant husband found in a trunk in Germany two years ago are finally
revealing their secrets. And it is Lady Hamilton, who stole the naval hero's heart, who plays the role of villain.

Beautiful, scheming, entrancing Emma made sure that the plainer Frances was elbowed out for the rest of Nelson's life.
Story at
The Guardian"

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