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Just simply known as Arty
23 January 2010 @ 04:54 pm
First, a bit of a background: I'm a recent graduate in the archives track who wants to enter the Archives field, but I'm currently having a difficult time doing so due to my small amount of experience. Seeking advice, I chatted with some people at a conference, and one of them suggested starting a blog, and posting my pictures via say, Flickr, to show that I have an understanding of technology and what is involved with digital photographs, files, and whatnot. Of course, I liked the idea, since I have a personal project: organizing and preparing my digital photographs for "long-term" storage (Can be seen here ).

Now, I've been antagonizing over the best possible name for the blog. After doing a bit of brainstorming and deleting the names I did not care for, I've managed to narrow down my list of choices. Now I'd like to hear feedback on which you think will be best? Personally, I'm leaning towards "Exploring Deaf Archivist," because well, 1) I am deaf, 2) I plan/want to be an archivist and 3) I'm still learning (a lot).

Here are the names I'm debating on:
Curious Deaf Archivist
Danger: Archivist Exploring
Exploring Deaf Archivist
The Newbie Archivist

To help me figure out and narrow down my choices, I contemplated about what I want my blog to be about and its focus. Here is what I came up with:

The blog will be a place to record my thoughts, discoveries and personal projects that will be related to the Archival field. For one, I plan to record my thoughts and discoveries as I work on my first personal project: organizing and preparing my digital photographs for long-term storage and for Internet usage. Additionally, I will be reading articles and blog entries, as well as other readings as I keep track of current events and study for my ACA examination, and the blog will be a place to record my thoughts and reactions. In a sense, I am continuing my exploration of the archival field after having graduated, for my learning experiences will never end, and what better place than a blog to record such thoughts?

Let me know what you think! Many thanks! :-)

(Cross-posted in archivists
Just simply known as Arty
12 November 2009 @ 11:14 am
Oooh, oooh, I just had a fun idea, that should help me a LOT in the long run!

It's still in its rough stages, but here's what I have so far...

Preservation and archiving digital pictures project


To properly process my digital photographs and store the processed photographs onto a backup hard drive of sufficient size to store current and future photographs.

Create proper metadata for the photographs. (How, exactly, needs to be determined)

The photographs will be saved in preservation-ready format, i.e., TIF. Additionally a JPEG file format, sized for online use, will be uploaded onto the internet via my flickr account.

Document the process as I work through the photographs. Record any difficulties, chosen methods, and personal thoughts. Publish via a blog.

Location and size of photographs:

CDS—700 MB each (How many CDs total? Will find out when I visit Colorado)
USB sticks—2 GB each
Pictures on G4 Mac—need to load onto USB stick. Amount of GB unknown.

What needs to be done:

Determine roughly how many gigabytes of pictures I have.

Process the pictures, and eliminate any pictures that are not worth keeping. For example, poorly lighted shots, badly framed shots, repetitive shots, etc. By processing the pictures, I should be able to eliminate several gigabytes of unnecessary photographs, thus making more room for future potential pictures to properly store and “archive.”

Research what type of backup hard drives to buy and determine what size will be best in order to save the current pictures and future pictures.

Research how to create metadata. Photoshop? Bridge? What other means are there?

Determine the best workflow to be used in a personal capacity.

Thoughts anyone? Any input would be very much appreciated. This idea is still in its infancy, but I plan to shape this up into a professional-looking project that I can post online. The benefits I can see from this is that I can show that I am able to handle and process digital records and explain my experiences to potential employers.

Can't wait already...!
Current Mood: excitedexcited
Just simply known as Arty
25 June 2009 @ 08:45 am
The author of L'Archivista, had the great opportunity to go to the National Digital Information Infrastructure Preservation Program (NDIIPP) grant partners meeting. (NDIIPP is a program of the Library of Congress (LC)) She reported that NDIPP has been awarded permanent status in the federal budget, which is GREAT news. Now if only the other institutions focusing on the preservation of digital objects could get permanent funding as well, then we'd be solid.

The author of L'Archivista summarized a section of Clay Shirky's keynote speech that I liked very much, quoted down below:

The profusion of Internet media has helped to popularize the notion of “information overload,” but our problem is in fact “filter failure.” Information overload has existed since the invention of the printing press, but we generally didn’t notice it because bookstores, libraries and other institutions created systems for facilitating access to printed information. However, on the Internet, information is now like knowledge itself: loosely arranged and variably available.

I think the word choice, "filter failure" is an apt one, considering how searchers essentially have to screen through the information available on the Internet on their own without the help of experienced librarians or information professionals.

What do you think?