For reasons that are boring to get into, I decided that I needed to leave the Library of Virginia a couple months ago and move into a new position that is not in an archival repository. I loved my time at LVA, and it saddened (and continues to sadden) me that I needed to leave,… Continue reading On leaving (but not leaving) archives
There are plenty of tutorials out there on how to turn your Raspberry Pi into a full-fledged VPN, often using OpenVPN. However, many people don’t need all of the features (and all of the setup) of a full VPN server in order to just protect their browsing when they are on unsecured wireless networks (or… Continue reading Turn your Raspberry Pi into an easy VPN using OpenSSH
During the MARAC plenary today, Kathleen Roe of the New York State Archives gave a rousing call for more advocacy by archivists for their profession to those external stakeholders who don’t necessarily know what we do but upon whom we rely for funding. It was an inspiring speech that had a number of us fired… Continue reading MARAC Plenary thoughts: We will keep getting hit over the head with advocacy until we do it
Accessing information about government no longer has to mean going to a building and requesting permission to sift through paper documents. It doesn’t even have to mean writing a letter, filling out a complex form, or trying to figure out who to contact about public records or how to access records in the first place.… Continue reading Does it matter if libraries and archives aren’t involved with open government data repositories?
Since being hired by the Library of Virginia just over a year ago, a part of my job has been to process emails from the administration of Governor Tim Kaine, who was Governor of Virginia from 2006 to 2010. And last week, the first fruits of our labors were realized, with the release of over… Continue reading The Library of Virginia now has emails from Tim Kaine’s administration available online!
As everyone by now has heard, Google has decided to pull the plug on Google Reader, its RSS feed aggregator. Google’s reason is that Reader has a declining user base and that it wants to concentrate on other projects. I should have known that this was in the works every since they killed the social… Continue reading Why I use free software
Everyone’s favorite Friday NPR show, Science Friday, came across a topic that hits near and dear to my heart: digital preservation! This past week they talked about a new method of long term preservation, which entails encoding the data onto DNA. Obviously, the practical use of this technology is still decades away, but this could… Continue reading Science Friday talks digital preservation
Among Other Items, my humble blog, has been undergoing a bit of a change behind the scenes. Formerly, this site was powered by an old desktop computer, probably released in 2002, which had been converted into a Debian server. Now, this site is powered by a Raspberry Pi, a $35 computer which is running a… Continue reading AOI, now powered by Raspberry Pi!
I hope to see anyone and everyone at MARAC next weekend! I’ll try to post some updates like I did last year, even if I am able to tweet this year.
This time, on the link roundup, there are disappearing documents, distributed digital archives projects, inaccurate quilts, government records, and more! The Case of the Disappearing Documents [wsj.com] Archives Team: A Distributed Preservation of Service Attack [youtube.com] What Facebook’s Changes Mean for Museums and Visitor Serving Organizations [colleendilen.com] Metro ‘quilt’ art draws national scrutiny for historical inaccuracy [nashvillecitypaper.com] University’s digitization… Continue reading Disappearing documents, Archives Team, Facebook, and more: Link roundup 10/4/11