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Archivists say computers have no sense of history

Archivists say computers have no sense of history, spotted by an alert reader, covers InterPARES. That's short for International research on Permanent Authentic Records in Electronic Systems.
They are searching for "electronic amber," a digital equivalent of the resin that has preserved fossilized insects for millions of years. They hope to have a prototype system for "persistent archives" in a year or two.

It's a challenge that makes the Y2K computer problem look like "a piece of cake," according to Carlin.

Have there been enough Holocaust documentaries?

Steve Fesenmaier writes "Americans seems to be obsessed with making documentaries about the Holocaust. Have there been enough? As a programmer for the WV Jewish Film Festival for more than two decades, I think that there have been enough...but like this article says, there are always amazing new stories.
PS Have there been enough films about WW II? Compare.... "

The National Archives and Records Administration's skills gap

SomeOne writes "This One From FCW.com says The National Archives and Records Administration lacks the technical experience necessary to find a way to deal with the growing number of electronic records created across the federal government, a new report warns.

Having long served as the government's primary custodian of paper documents, NARA does not have the IT know-how needed to understand the management of electronic records, according to an interim report by the National Academies' Computer Science and Telecommunications Board.

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Fire destroys '500' memorabilia

IndyStar.com reports a basement fire in the Speedway home of racing historian Donald Davidson posed a significant loss for fans of the Indianapolis 500.
Davidson, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway's historian, said the official files and memorabilia from more than three decades of work as a statistician and historian for the U.S. Auto Club and IMS were safe.

What was lost was much more personal -- 30 to 40 irreplaceable photographs of race car drivers and favorite moments.

Getty collection to remain intact

Greg writes "Sir Paul Getty’s library at Wormsley is expected to pass to a charitable foundation, rather than remain in private ownership. The Art Newspaper has established that a trust, known as the Wormsley Foundation, was registered with the Charity Commission in 1992. Its aims include “the preservation of historic and rare books and manuscripts” and “the encouragement of access to aid the promotion of study into such books and manuscripts”.
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Archiving in the Digital Age

Archiving in the Digital Age, By John Courtmanche, says movie execs say they're constantly being second-guessed by technology advocates for not trusting computer archives.
Hollywood studios are not turning their motion picture film assets into digital archives, in favour of a format that is as agnostic and neutral to technology change over the decades as possible. Senior vault executives at Paramount Universal, Sony Pictures, 20th Century Fox and MGM all confirmed that 35mm film remains their most trusted medium for archiving their visual assets.
Senior vault executive sounds like a cool gig.

Destroy Order Reportedly Sent in Texas

A. Faithful Reader links us to This NY Times story about the aftermath of the Texas legislature's Democratic contingent's recent defection:
Texas Department of Public Safety captains were ordered to destroy all records gathered in the search for Democratic legislators who fled the state in a successful effort to prevent a redistricting bill from passing, according to a published report.

The one-paragraph order, sent by e-mail, was obtained Tuesday by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram under the Texas Open Records Act.

If you don't want to login to read the Times story, The Guardian [UK] picked up the AP wire version.

Lost treasure turns up in Niles library

Bob Cox writes "Mercury News Reports Just off the Niles main drag in San Fransico sits one of the Fremont district's rarely seen treasures -- the 75-year-old Niles library. It contains an extensive, one-of-a-kind file on the history of Niles and 11,000 other items -- books, newspapers, videos, CDs, audio cassettes and a sculpture the Monterey Museum of Art thought was lost for more than 40 years, the ``Poppy Nymph,'' valued at $20,000, "

Lindisfarne gospels on public show

Charles Davis writes "Full story at
The BBC

The Lindisfarne gospels, one of Britain's most important texts, go on show at
the British Library in London on Friday in an exhibition looking at Britain's
cultural life in the eighth century.

The Lindisfarne Community Heritage Centre on Holy Island will now have a
"facsimile" of the gospels, which will join a 23-page electronic version.

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Unpacking Harlem History

Jen Young noticed This NYTimes Story on A'Lelia Bundles. The Museum of the City of New York, as part of an exhibition, "Harlem Lost and Found," is giving
the public's first glimpse of most of the items in Ms. Bundles's collection.Ms. Bundles, who has no children, plans to bequeath her heirlooms to museums. For now she will keep her first editions of books by Harlem Renaissance writers in a bookcase downstairs, near a pair of chestnut and glass cabinets containing some of the silver and perhaps even the ostrich feather fan. The neatly marked boxes of papers will go in the second-floor study.

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