Digital Preservation

Enhancing ePADD with Preservation Functionality - ePADD+

Digital Preservation Services is delighted to announce a new collaborative project between Harvard University, the University of Manchester, and Stanford University to enhance our collective capacity to archivally acquire, process, preserve, and make available email collections. As critical documentation of life in the digital age, the preservation of email is central to the mission and values of archives and archivists. This project, entitled ...

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Enhancing Discovery & Access of Web Archives at Harvard Library

by Tricia Patterson, Digital Preservation Analyst

A scholar walks into an online discovery platform. The scholar says to the search bar, “Can I get the archived website of Harvard’s Department of Sanskrit and Indian Studies from 2007?” The search bar looks confused; “Archived website? We don’t have any of those here – how about a Networked Resource or a Manuscript instead?” The scholar sighs in defeat, abandoning their research forever…

Okay, so maybe that’s overstating the ramifications.

But Harvard Library’s web archives collections have never been...

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Harvard Library Renews Archive-It Membership for Preservation of Websites

by Stephen Abrams, Head of Digital Preservation

The web has become the preeminent channel for scholarly communication as well as popular, political, and commercial discourse in the 21st century.  In keeping with Harvard Library’s longstanding mission to ensure effective long-term stewardship of all materials fundamental to the University’s research, teaching, and learning initiatives, the Library has been actively involved in web archiving since 2006 (...

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BRENDA BERNIER, PRESERVATION SERVICES DIRECTOR AND MALLOY-RABINOWITZ PRESERVATION LIBRARIAN.

Preservation in a Pandemic – and Beyond By Harvard Library Communications Office | October 2020

October 29, 2020

Preservation Services has existed in some form at Harvard Library for over 300 years; its staff work to maintain, protect, and repair library collections, as well as develop and share best practices for preservation and conservation.

2020 has been a tumultuous year globally and at Harvard, as staff transitioned to remote work last spring and some returned to campus over the summer. Preservation Services has seen...

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DigiPres and DLF Forum 2020 Go Virtual (and Free)!

By Tricia Patterson, Digital Preservation Analyst

As the tide of remote work washes into another season, many professional conferences have opted to transition to a virtual platform instead of canceling their annual events. For conference attendees, this inevitably means logging even more hours in front of the computer screen, shifting restlessly between a desk chair, bed, and sofa to console oneself with the illusion of mobility. Thankfully (so thankfully), these virtual platforms offer plentiful ...

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Pandemic Preservation Projects

September 30, 2020

Preservation Services staff have been working from home on projects ranging from transcription to those using specialized handskills.

Directly and indirectly supporting Harvard’s massive effort to support online research, teaching, and learning spurred by the pandemic, the staff of Harvard Library Preservation Services has been working from home on many different projects over the past few months, some contributing to Library-wide and broader projects, like transcription, and others that are unique to specialties within Preservation Services. Here is a selection of...

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Web Archiving

Archived website

Born-digital artifacts (such as email, 3-D scans, or architectural drawings) are dynamic, ephemeral, and inter-dependent on a network of rapidly obsolescing...

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Web Archiving Survey

From HLComms: Take a survey by October 31st to help your colleagues map the web archiving landscape at Harvard.

The Web Archiving Advisory Group invites everyone to participate in a brief, 12-question survey (linked below) about web archiving activities at your library or unit. As we hope to capture a broad audience, please feel free to complete this survey whether or not you are personally involved with the web...

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