Just a guess

Submitted by lmcshane on Sun, 08/05/2007 - 19:41.

My guess--the most recent member to sign on to RealNEO is Stefanie Spear--I think her maiden name was Penn.   Am I right?   I saw a copy of Earthwatch today as I met up with Lois Moss to promote Walk and Roll Cleveland.  The writing seemed familiar to me.  I lived through Cleveland in the nineties and remembered a highly literate magazine named Affinity.  Is this the same Stefanie?  So, I thought--Cleveland Public Library.  Surely, we must have archived a local environmental publication? Wrong! So, I checked www.worldcat.org.   And here's what I found.  Affinity.\by Stefanie Penn Language: English  Type: Periodical 

Well, The University of Wisconsin/Wisconsin Historical Society used to microfilm alternative publications, but that stopped when the funding dried up.  I used to be a microfilm librarian, so I know that libraries don't care about funding microfilm projects anymore.  So, Stefanie--an unusual spelling for an unusual mind.  Do you have copies of Affinity to microfilm? I sure would like to have an archive of your writings from the nineties and I think I might be able to persuade my renegade cataloguer friends to submit a correct catalog record for your efforts.


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You may want to use the contact feature to ask Stefanie... sounds like a great idea if it is. How do things like that and Angle get into the library and in what format?

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It is cool that you found an old connection.  All you need is the hardcopy of the old paper production.   They can be digitally foto'ed or scanned.  We can have our own archive right here on realneo.us.  google finds info anywhere. 

Norm, give us guidance.  Tiff foto files are not degraded by transfer.  How do we best set up realneo as an archivist?

best, jeff

Content Management System (CMS)

REALNEO runs Drupal, which is a Free Open Source Software (FOSS) Content Management System (CMS) so it is well suited to organizing and sharing content in all formats (don't know about microfilm). Content management strategies would depend on the original document format (text or graphical). If the original content is text information, like a scientific journal, it is probably most important to store the data as text, so it is searchable and can be read online. If the original content is already digital it can probably be web browsable - if the original is print or microfilm it would need to be scanned into the chosen digital format - to make text digital you use Optical Character Recognition (OCR) - to capture the image as a graphic most use PDF but there are other options to explore. Whatever format, Drupal can manage it.

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Long-term storage

What are the long-term storage options?  I plead complete ignorance on digital storage issues.  Microfilm is predicted to last 500 years.  Books are even better.  Microfilm does not capture color illustrations.  Cleveland Public Library was binding Angle : a journal of arts + culture, which is great unless someone decides to deface an archival journal or slice out World War II photos--as someone did to our collection of Life Magazine from the forties.  Fortunately, Life Magazine was bound and microfilmed.  JSTOR, Project Muse, and IEEE Explore are digital archives of scholarly journals available via Cleveland Public Library.  Try them out--you will need to be authenticated with your library card number and PIN.  Tell me what you think.  Tell CPL, if you think they should be presented better.  Do you understand LOCKSS?

LOCKSS looks cool

Looks like you may answer your own question. One problem that can crop up with information technology (IT) is a standards war - like Windows vs. Apple vs. Linux for desktop OS - there were once others and soon they will all pretty much operate as one, and probably finally all be free. From that perspective, I don't know all the standards for knowledge and content management for public libraries but know there are many systems and standards. LOCKSS looks like it has a shot a setting a global standard and so it would be worth seeing how Cleveland Public Libraries could be part of the system. See contact info here:

U.S. academic library fees are based on the Carnegie classifications. Non-U.S. libraries, public libraries, repositories of large private and governmental agencies are urged to contact us to determine an equitable contribution

Thank you for your support!
Vicky Reich
Director LOCKSS Program
Stanford University Libraries
vreich [at] stanford [dot] edu

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It seems so simple, a

It seems so simple, a document code and a location code.




There are efforts to standardize archives as well, http://www.thic.org/pdf/Oct96/nasa.dsawyer.pdf


I wonder if a location code could be a parcel number/zip code, then I could search for proximity to me. 


Certain items really do not need to be digital, like the microfiche just tagging it and entering it into data base to assign it a location could take years.   We are not shut-ins; we just need to know were it exists.    


The archival code needs to conform no need to reinvent the wheel. 



I am not a march stepper, but when it comes to data I like standards.