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March 15, 2014


Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram, Wordpress, Yelp, YouTube, and Google have become essential tools for communicating with larger audiences. If you're like many people you've accepted terms of use for dozens of such online services--some of which may cause you problems down the line, especially if you've created an account on behalf of your organization.

Social media platforms are notorious for lengthy terms of service (ToS); besides Tumblr's latest revision, I've yet to find a ToS that is inviting or exciting to read. Still, when pushing your...

February 13, 2014

On January 23, 2014, PHS helped to coordinate the National Digital Stewardship Alliance (NDSA) Philadelphia Regional Meeting at the Library Company.  Launched in 2010, the National Digital Stewardship Alliance (NDSA) is a collaborative effort among more than 100 government agencies, educational institutions, non-profit organizations, and businesses to establish, maintain, and advance the capacity to preserve our nation's digital...

January 10, 2014

Recently a patron contacted us because a few external reference links that were sent to him just a few months ago no longer existed. Most of us encounter this issue now and then whether we are users or administrators of websites: link rot.

Link rot (or linkrot), also known as link death or link breaking, is an informal term for the process by which hyperlinks (either on individual

December 13, 2013

Standards for keeping official records under the new Form of Government are handled by stated clerks of the presbytery.  Many presbyteries are excited (or just being pushed) to move to a digital work flow.  Keeping official electronic records can be daunting because of the numerous options available. 

If a church session wants to keep its records in digital form, from start to end, it needs to ensure that the same things that lend authenticity and longevity to paper documents show up in digital documents that are being created.  As software changes the files...

August 6, 2013

For better or worse, much communication and interaction today is done on Facebook.  Old Facebook posts and pictures are like a scrapbook created by friends. It's not just about the pictures and posts you create, but the conversation with your community. Nothing about Facebook is particularly open or archival--in fact, it's something that has kept some digital archivists up late at night. Facebook has a way to download (most of) your data so that you...

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