I know that many of us are starting to feel things speeding up as we draw nearer to the beginning of the school year, and with a new year come students with new research projects (many of which will be digital in nature). In order to better help you help your patrons, the Humanities Digital Information Service is now offering a new workshop series called <digiPrep> that is geared toward library staff, enabling them to share best practices for successful digital projects.
Monday, August 26, 2013
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Do you like to interact with people? Does your voice project well? Do you have some flexibility in your workday? Would you like to join a group of tour volunteers?
Volunteers would be called upon to lead up to one-hour tours of Green Library throughout the year for librarians, university administrators, and others from various countries or U.S. institutions. Tours typically are scheduled between 10am – 5pm. All volunteers will be given training and resources.
Join part of a team that will be trained this summer in time for the academic year. If interested, contact Felicia Smith at email@example.com
Professor Donald Emmerson from the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies found seven 5.25 floppy disks containing files created using WordPerfect 5.1 under MS DOS 3.3 in 1992 and 1993. Dave Sare at the Institute posted "Professor needs to convert old files SOLUTION" in the expert partners mailing list and thereafter we are connected.
I offered Prof. Emmerson to use our equipment - an in house custom built modern personal computer with a 5.25 inch floppy disk drive! The customer built station is also equipped with QuickView Plus - a software which can read and render files in several hundreds obsolete file formats, including WordPerfect 5.1. Prof. Emmerson was able to insert his 5.25 inch. floppy disk in "Drive A:" and then use QuickView Plus to view the files on the monitor! Together with Adobe Acrobat Professional, he could print the file in pdf format and store them in his memory stick. We were 100% successful with the first 5.25 inch floppy disk. We were "only" able to read 166 files out of the 211 files in the 2nd & 3rd disks due to bad sectors in the disks. But Prof. Emmerson was more than happy with that 79% rate of recovery, and we had no problems with the remaining 4 disks. After 2.5 hours, Prof. Emmerson was able to recover 225 WordPerfect files created more than 20 years ago and stored in 5.25 inch floppy disks to 225 pdf files in his memory stick for viewing with his modern Mac using Adobe reader. I am very glad we could be of help to Prof. Emmerson. We welcome anyone in Stanford community to contact us if they have similar problems.
Using snow as a metaphor for the digital data we use to convey ideas, Tom Cramer, James L. Hilton, Sebastien Korner, and David Minor make the case for building a Digital Preservation Network (DPN) in an EDUCAUSE Review article.
"Currently in its start-up phase, DPN is building a digital preservation backbone that connects five existing (or soon to exist, in the case of APTrust) preservation-oriented repositories: the Academic Preservation Trust (APTrust), Chronopolis, HathiTrust, Stanford Digital Repository (SDR), and the University of Texas Digital Repository (UTDR)... By linking the repositories and developing frameworks around audit, transport, and intellectual property management, DPN will make it possible to create "dark" copies (i.e., no end-user access) of the content across the various nodes while maintaining high confidence in the integrity and retrievability of that content."