The OAIS song

September 9, 2013

Am I being presumptuous, thinking there isn’t already a song about OAIS?

Music is from Oh Shenandoah, public domain. Lyrics are CC-licensed. If you want to record or improve this song, yes, please do!

OAIS
for long-term storage
Gaze upon its reference model
OAIS
for long-term storage
Files sa…fely tucked away
Within a digital repository.

The archive has
Three key stakeholders
Described in this reference model
Producer, consumer, and management
(All want) files sa…fely tucked away
Within a digital repository

OAIS
Has mechanisms
Making a functional model
From ingest on to storage on to access
Files sa…fely tucked away
Within a digital repository

The archive has
Information objects
In an information model
Where SIPs turn into AIPs turn into DIPs
Files sa…fely tucked away
Within a digital repository

OAIS
Is not so scary
Once you understand the model
Now you can build a preservation system
Files sa…fely tucked away
Within a digital repository

Archives Swears

May 21, 2013

For the next time you cut yourself on a rusty staple, or have to re-enter three hours worth of folder labels after Archivists’ Toolkit crashes on you…

Panel 1: "Every single box in this accession is labeled 'Miscellaneous.'" "Wow, that's pretty foxed up." Panel 2: A silverfish. "Look at the size of that motherfunder!" Panel 3: Compact shelving. "Greene and Meiss, you almost crushed me in here!"

Panel 1: “Every single box in this accession is labeled ‘Miscellaneous.'” “Wow, that’s pretty foxed up.” Panel 2: A silverfish. “Look at the size of that motherfunder!” Panel 3: Compact shelving. “Greene and Meiss, you almost crushed me in here!”

Panel 1: Archive boxes by diylibrarian

Panel 2: Peixinho-de-prata // Silverfish (Lepisma saccharina) by Valter Jacinto

Panel 3: Electronic Compact Shelving, Library, City Campus West, Northumbria University by JISC infoNET

Archives: The Venn Diagram

March 8, 2013

I made this for a presentation and I kind of like it, so I thought I’d share.

Appraisal without acquisition is just wishful thinking. Acquisitions without preservation is just hoarding. Preservation without access is just stockpiling. If you’re doing all these things AND providing access, you’ve got an archives.

Appraisal without acquisition is just wishful thinking. Acquisitions without preservation is just hoarding. Preservation without access is just stockpiling. If you’re doing all these things AND providing access, you’ve got an archives.

Yeah, the design isn’t the best. Hooray for CC-licenses so you can improve it and share alike!

Valentines for archivists

February 13, 2013

Give these to your friends, your coworkers, your secret archives crushes…

valentine_the_way_you_roll

(“I like the way you roll” over a photo of book trucks. Photo credit: 1273148018052_proc2 by yurilong)

valentine_stuck

(“I’m stuck on you” over a photo of a scrapbook. Photo credit: World War One Scrapbook by San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives)

valentine_silverfish

(“I love you like a silverfish loves paper” over a photo of a silverfish. Photo credit: Peixinho-de-prata // Silverfish (Lepisma saccharina) by Valter Jacinto)

valentine_be_mine

(“Be mine” over a photo of a donation form. Photo credit: Colorado Springs Pioneer Museum Archives donation form)

valentine_extent

(“I love you this much” over a photo of a penguin with arms outstretched.)

valentine_world

(“You mean the world to me” over a historical map of the world. Photo credit: Wytfliet’s Map of the World 1598 from the Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection)

valentine_bone

(“Let’s bone” over a photo of a bone folder.)

A Digital Dream Deferred

July 30, 2012

A Digital Dream Deferred

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.
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Why Canadian Archives are Awesome

May 25, 2012

Why Canadian Archives are Awesome

Hey archivists, did you know that Canadian archives are in trouble? It’s true! Check out the Canadian Council of Archives’ call to action, and follow the Archivists’ On to Ottawa Trek Tumblr to learn more about demonstrations happening this Monday!

(Comic transcript after the jump.)

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Put a QR code on it!

March 26, 2012
Put a QR code on it! (full transcription below)

Put a QR code on it!

This comic really really needs to be a video–if you want to film it, let me know and I’ll finish the script!

Photo credits:

Panel 1, 3, 5: Hazel Gay from the Smithsonian Institution

Panel 2, 3, 6: Photograph of Mrs. Adelaide Minogue Checking Humidity Recorder in Stacks, 1942 from the U.S. National Archives

Panel 4: Library , c1981 from LSE Library

Panel 7: Student at Work at Senior High School in New Ulm, Minnesota from the U.S. National Archives

Panel 9: library signage -New books by rhondda.p

Panel 10, 11: Archives’ stacks by dolescum

Panel 12: Libguides from Phillips Memorial Library, Dr. John Archer Library, University of Melbourne Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library

Panel 13: Binding by Morrell, late 19th or early 20th century from National Library NZ on The Commons

Panel 14: Finding aids SPL by leeleblanc

Panel 15: Sleeper by John C Abell

Panel 16: Book Moving Cart by Jeffrey Beall

Panel 17: Book of Hours, f.108r, (184 x 133 mm), 15th century, Alexander Turnbull Library, MSR-02 from National Library NZ on The Commons

Transcription after the jump.

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