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The Internet Archive hopes to boost its collections through funding…

“In some ways, we’re opening up that vast warehouse and saying here are the tools to bring together really meaningful collections and expose them to the world,” More at… nie.mn/1Eu71Pn

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Sounds of history could be lost forever

The nation’s sound collections are under threat, both from physical degradation and as the means of playing them disappear from production.  “The Library’s own collections are made up of over 40 formats, from wax cylinders, to cassette players, to reel-to-reel and digital minidiscs. The equipment to play them is no longer being produced, and will…

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“From Rusholme With Love!”: A Day of Community Storytelling and Mapping

  Pararchive was recently invited to take part in the Festival of Ideas in Rusholme, Manchester. More commonly known as the Rusholme Festival of Ideas – which I will henceforth abbreviate as (RFoI) in this piece, the event provided an opportunity for local communities and people to map their ideas and perspectives of how they…

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Defunct software artefacts ignored by their creators – with availability, support and copyright often left ignored – has given rise to a culture of Abandonware. Amateur enthusiasts, unofficially and usually with fuzzy legal positions, make older software available through emulation or download. Just a few days ago, the Internet Archive launched a public collection of almost 2400 MS-DOS…

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Where there’s a will…

“The public will now be able to search the database of wills from their home, rather than needing to visit the probate registry to search the archives in person. … Every will among the 41 million is a precious historical document that can provide remarkable insight into generations of lives lived and lost.” More at… New…

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A Digital Presidential Library

As Barack Hussein Obama reaches the end of his term as POTUS, plans for his presidential library are beginning to emerge. With most presidential materials from the current being born digital, the Obama Presidential Library could be radically different from its predecessors… …it’s likely that Obama won’t have the voluminous amounts of papers, letters, and other correspondence…

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Directors’ Cuts: A Stock Footage Tribute

“In the video below, we pay homage to the visual style of five present-day legends using only footage and music found in the Shutterstock library…” We’ve been excited to see what our partners at Bokeh Yeah! might come up with when let loose inside the archives at the BBC and other collections. The video above…

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Back to the Future: Following the Trail of A Learning and Research Journey

  In an update on her Pararchive research project entitled Back to the Future: When Wearable Technology Meets Archive Content, we learnt how Michelle – a member of the MadLab Manchester Arduino Group and Founder and Director of Made With Glove Ltd – is designing fashionable heated gloves for women who suffer from the Raynaud’s…

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OpenGLAM Principles – Galleries, libraries, archives and museums

An OpenGLAM institution champions these principles Release digital information about the artefacts (metadata) into the public domain using an appropriate legal tool such as the Creative Commons Zero Waiver. Keep digital representations of works for which copyright has expired (public domain) in the public domain by not adding new rights to them. When publishing data…

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Beyond Digital: Open Collections and Cultural Institutions

“…the big idea here is that open collections allow cultural institutions to complete their educational missions: not only showing our objects to as many people as possible, but giving people ownership of our collections and spaces by welcoming them to engage in any way they can dream up.” More at… blog.mam.org/2014/11/11/beyond-digital-open-collections-and-cultural-institutions-part-1 blog.mam.org/2014/11/18/beyond-digital-open-collections-and-cultural-institutions-part-2

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