2nd Digital Discussions Session, 9/13, noon: When Good Sites Go Bad

Join us for the 2nd monthly Digital Discussions session. Paul Jones from iBiblio/SILS/Journalism will be speaking.

When Good Sites Go Bad – And how to save them: Archival challenges and solutions for post-1995 websites

Before about 1995, preserving websites was a simple matter; you just copied the pages and saved them. The site could then be easily reproduced or moved forward even as the software and hardware that supported it evolved. Collections of pages were never obsolete (although some links may have broken).

As scripted, CGI enabled, and database driven websites became dominant, page-scraping showed itself for the Rube Goldberg solution that it is. Not only are these page-scraped  collections a pale representation of the original, but they rarely represent the context, the interactivity or the totality of advanced sites.

To make matters worse, advances in software and hardware often completely break these websites. Each server upgrade is a time of endangerment and loss.

What’s an archivist to do? Continue to scrape pages with Archive-IT or Heritrix? Break sites into highly described atoms that we can preserve but in the process lose context and interactivity?

There is a better solution at hand. I will explain.

Who: Paul Jones, Clinical Professor in the School of Information and Library Science and in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication
When: September 13 at high noon, for one hour
Where: Davis Library 214, up the stairs or elevator to the second floor, then to the left

Recording available for first Digital Discussions session

Audio from the first Digital Discussions session, “Linked Data and RDA: Looking at Next-Generation Cataloging” by Jenn Riley, is now available in iTunesU. Listen or subscribe to the podcast feed from http://itunes.apple.com/us/itunes-u/digital-discussions/id554244100.

Slides from “Linked Data and RDA: Looking toward next generation cataloging” available

Slides from today’s Digital Discussions session “Linked Data and RDA: Looking toward next generation cataloging” are now available online, at http://www.lib.unc.edu/users/jlriley/presentations/digdisc/ldrda/linkedDataRDA.pptx.

The RDF/XML example shown may be found at http://www.lib.unc.edu/users/jlriley/presentations/digdisc/ldrda/rdaInRDF-expanded.xml.

An audio recording will be posted in the next few weeks, and announced here.

If you attended, please take a moment to fill out our (brief!) survey on the session to help us improve the series in the future. The survey may be found at http://bit.ly/cdladigdisc.

Thank you to all who attended today, and made the kickoff for the Digital Discussions series a success!

First Digital Discussions session – 8/9, noon, Linked Data and RDA: Looking at Next-Generation Cataloging

Linked Data and RDA: Looking at Next-Generation Cataloging
Presented by Jenn Riley, Head, Carolina Digital Library and Archives
August 9, 2012
Noon – 1 PM
Wilson Library LG 304 (This is the classroom on your left immediately after you enter Wilson Library via the side door closest to the Undergraduate Library.)

Please join us for the first session of the Carolina Digital Library and Archives sponsored series Digital Discussions. The series is intended for library staff, SILS students and faculty, and anyone else on campus interested in the implementation and use of digital library technologies and digital scholarship efforts. Session topics, speakers, and formats vary, and can include a guided introduction to a specific technology, showing off a digital initiative, an interactive discussion of a hot topic in the field, or any other setup useful to members of this community. Sessions generally include technical detail, but are not intended only for technical staff. They provide a good introduction to technical topics for those with an inclination towards learning more in this area.

Linked Data and RDA: Looking at Next-Generation Cataloging will discuss how the Resource Description Framework (RDF) and Linked Data, two hot topics in the field of information modeling, have the potential to change how library cataloging is done and how discovery systems operate. The new Resource Description and Access (RDA) standard that has been the subject of much discussion in the library cataloging community in the last few years will be used as an example of modeling, sharing, and consuming information as Linked Data.