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Bits and bytes of thanks to @sally_j , @LibSkrat , @herodotusjr , and @LanceStuch for their help finding images for this comic! Image credits: Panel 1: Image of the Earth recovered by the Lunar Orbiter Image Recovery Project by NASA/LOIRP Panel 2: Thesis [Image Glitching] by Richard Almond Panel 3: Floppy Disk by Museum of Hartlepool Panel 4: “Burned” DVD, microwaved to ensure total elimination of private data by Roman Solo Panel 5: Floppy-Disk-1.44-Mb_FujiFilm-MF2HD_82374 -480×360 by Emilian Robert Vicol Panel 7: When drives attack by Jonathan Transcript after the jump. What happens to a digital dream deferred?
Back to Meeting the Challenge Chaos would rule nearly every aspect of life, were it not for standards. The conversations and writings people hear and see everyday are based on standard forms of expression, grammar and spelling for a particular language. Classification standards control how books and other library materials are cataloged.
Says one curator, "I wish there were more articles headlined 'Thorough, Accurate Cataloging Pays Off!' " Commodore Gandalf Cunningham/Flickr A few weeks ago, an important document was discovered after more than a century of neglect. It was a medical report on President Lincoln, sent to the Surgeon General by Charles Leale, the first doctor to arrive at Ford's Theatre after Lincoln was shot. This report, said scholars and pundits, could change the way we think about those harrowing days after Lincoln's assassination, when an unsettled country kept a deathbed vigil.
The Collections Australia Network (CAN) has posted six videos from the Allsorts Online 09 Forum in Adelaide for the benefit of those people who were not able to travel the distance. Science communicator Susannah Elliot talks about how cultural institutions can use history to look at contemporary issues. Gavin Artz explains how the arts can benefit from the disruptive digital revolution from the perspective of the Australian Network for Art and Technology (ANAT). Gavin Bannerman offers wild and entertaining stories about a mobile hairdressing salon in Cape York from the State Library’s Q150 digital storytelling project.
Home > Find records > Robert Hawke You have searched for all institutions with records on Robert Hawke , Prime Minister of Australia 1983–91. Red dots on the world map below represent the locations of institutions that hold records on Robert Hawke.
Digitisation of collection material has become an accepted practice of collecting institutions all around the world. The National Archives digitisation service makes our unique collection accessible to all at a time or place of their choosing. Importantly it also reduces handling of the collection, thereby helping preserve it for future generations. The National Archives has been making digital copies of selected records available on its website since 2001. Now, over 23 million images of archival records are available for viewing through our online database RecordSearch.
Game creator Jordan Mechner wanted to teach the next generation. So the man behind the groundbreaking 1989 Apple II game Prince of Persia recently posted his original 6052 assembly source code to Github. But getting the code from decades-old floppy disks "covered with dust" was no simple task. Mechner employed the services of vintage computer expert Tony Diaz and digital archivist Jason Scott to extract the bits from the floppies and assemble it into a readable code file. Without Diaz and Scott, Mechner's code could have been lost forever. The exact methods he used to create this landmark game would have become as obsolete as the 1976 technology it was played on.
Today, recordkeeping provides the intellectual infrastructure that underpins all human endeavour. The components of an ideal society: freedom, responsibility, accountability, integrity, industry and justice cannot exist without effective recordkeeping support. Yet, the recordkeeping discipline is little known and neglect of recordkeeping is endemic worldwide. 'I don’t get no respect' has been the recordkeepers lament for hundreds of years. Why is the secret world of recordkeeping so grudgingly undertaken and funded, so behind-the-scenes, so often the target of disdainful stereotyping?
One of my University history teachers once told me that there is a good book to be written which catalogues some of the more ludicrous attempts down the years at predicting the future. He even had a name for this book, 'Past Futures'. Clearly, anyone silly enough to attempt to predict the future must suffer from both dangerous delusions of prescience and a complete lack of shame. It is certainly not my intention today to attempt to predict what collecting archives will be like in 200 years time.
Contents - Previous - Next 5. History of the classic manuals and reference books of the development of archival theory and principles. Rules and regulations for the upkeep of particular archives services have always been issued.